779: Urbock 23°

779 - Urbock 23Name: Urbock 23°
Brewery: Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Country of Origin: Austria
City & State: Vorchdorf, Austria
Style: Doppelbock
Alcohol Content (ABV): 9.6%
First Brewed: 1976
Price: $5.99

Tasting Notes
A golden lager with a heady aroma of creamy malt, sherry, sultanas, and spice. Sweet oranges and dried fruits lead in the smooth taste, nicely balanced by bitterness and a gentle caramel note. Oranges then linger into the long, dry, tangy finish.

Ricky’s Thoughts

This is our last beer from the Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg. Or Castle Brewing Eggenberg. Either way, this is our last beer from them. I was looking at pictures from the brewery, and this place looks awesome. I have never been to Austria. Guess I need to plan a trip!

I like reading words like, “syrupy” and, “sweet”. I also like where the number 23 comes from. The more sugar the better. I am curious if the ABV is hidden. Never had this; stoked. Cheers!

In the Glass: This isn’t as dark as I expected it to be. I assume most doppelbocks to be dark. The most recent doppelbock I tried was from Alaskan Brewing Company. That was a sweet malt bomb that I tried both on tap and in the bottle. Actually shared two pints of it with Chuck Noll at Whole Foods here in Scottsdale. Anyway, this is not as dark as I wanted it to be. Not much head, but what head is there is white. No lace, either. I hope this smells awesome.

Nose: Not much aroma here… but what I am smelling is sweet. Basically sugar water. I will say I just drank a double IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, so my palate is a bit off right now. But the hops were subtle and somewhat fruity. I smelled again, and just getting a boatload of sweet sugary goodness. I hope this tastes as good as it smells. Well… better.

Flavor: Oh. My. God. That is AMAZING!!! The mouthfeel is amazing, but we will get to that. The flavor is incredible, complex, and well… sweet. The finish sucks, but there is a lot of sugary sweetness on the palate. My entire palate is just covered in sweetness. The burp is even sweet. (Does it gross you out when I talk about my burps?)

On my second sip, I swished it around in my mouth a little. There isn’t a ton of carbonation at first, but when you move it around, the bubbles explode across your tongue. Doing that, however, it really opens up and almost has a brown sugar flavor to it. I bet this will heat up nice.

Mouthfeel: It starts out thin, but then, as it gets to the back of my palate and the sugary sweetness begins to open up, the beer starts to carbonate as you swallow. The finish, like I said, sucks… but the sweetness overrides that. It has a weird metallic finish that lingers as I swallow.

Aftertaste: I guess the lingering finish is more a part of the aftertaste than the mouthfeel. After a few sips, the metallic flavor goes away, but it still has a weird flavor when I swallow. I guess that’s OK until my last drink. I will just keep chugging this until it’s gone.

I REALLY like Samichlaus, their Christmas beer. Of course, it is always available at our local Total Wine & More. I’m sad this brewery is done. I bet they make a few more high ABV beers that are just loaded with sweetness. This bottle is well done. If you like beers that are sweet and hide the booze, grab a bottle. Not sure it’s worth $5.99… but man, this is tasty. Cheers!

Urbock 23° – The bottle says: “Urbock 23° is one of the strongest beers in the world, with 23° plato attaining 9.6% alc./vol. It matures in our ancient cellars for 9 months, till it is fully fermented and turns amber in colour. Urbock 23° is full-bodied, with a creamy flavour, well balanced with noble hop bitterness. Urbock 23°is known in many countries as the “Cognac of beers”.

Rating: 4/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

Ricky said tonight’s beer was good. I hope it is still good, because mine has been sitting there for a while. I have been busy tonight. First I had to figure out how to get our first podcast up and get it into the iTunes store. We are there! Go check it out here. I’m so excited that we are podcasting. I think it will be fun. But let’s move on and talk about this beer right now.

It looks pretty boring in the glass. It almost looks like a domestic – thin and golden yellow with lots of bubbles. It doesn’t quite smell like one, though. Honestly, it sort of smells like honey. At least that’s what it makes me think of. I’ll have to admit, I have actually already tasted it since it’s been sitting here. And it is pretty good. So, let’s talk about how it tastes.

Well, those bubbles are there for a reason. It is highly carbonated. But in a good way. I think the carbonation in this one actually adds to the flavor of the beer, as opposed to taking away from it. And it does have a nice, rich, flavorful honey taste to it. It’s also got a lot of heat. I’m not sure of the ABV on this one, but I’d be willing to bet it’s somewhat high. This is a good beer. It doesn’t look heavy, but it tastes like it, and it’s got a bit of a sweet kick to it. If you’re looking for one to drink in the summer that’s a bit lighter for a strong beer, grab one of these. If I get the chance, I’ll be having one again too.

Rating: 4/5

778 bottles of beer on the wall…

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