The Craft BeerAdvent 2014 Calendar Day #14 – Imperial Schwarze Gams (Austria)

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #14

Imperial Schwarze Gams – Privatbrauerei Loncium, 7% ABV – 330ml., (Kötschach-Mauthen, Austria)

here’s some info I found on the interwebs about this particular style, from www.germanbeerinstitute.com:

A Different Bock for Each Cold Season
There are several traditional types of Bockbier, each with its typical color and strength, which seems to vary almost in rhythm with the season. With the arrival of frost and the shortening of days in early December, the soul needs something more nourishing then a blond lager, especially after a frigid day of shopping for Christmas presents. Weihnachtsstarkbier (Christmas Bockbier), which is popular in the south of Germany, is often a darker version of the regular Bock. Sometimes it is also called a Dunkles or Dunkler Bock. In addition to the rich malty finish, these rewarding Yuletide brews have a slightly chocolatey taste from the addition of some roasted malts.

  • Style: (Dunkles) Dunkler Bock
  • Taste: Sweet roasty toasty barley malt cola crisp & clean
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: solid, drinkable, non-mesmerizing

Visual: Pours clear cola brown, lots of micro bubbles near the surface, thin ringed retention.

Nose: liquid thick barley malt. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: biting crisp-light fizz, incoming malty cola sweet

Mid-palate: (MAIN) toasted barley malt, -> (lvl-8)-sweetness + heavy

Finish: hints of vanilla, cola, caramel light roasted malty sweet + super subtle bitterness in the finish.

Summary: Clean and crisp malty brew, ABV well-hidden, went down smooth and enjoyable. Nice showcase of style, though not thoroughly enticing.