New Brew Thursday! Yet another one from the bottomless depths of the beer review "archives". This time we have something that is not from the United States!
Beer Type: Dopplebock
Appearance: 12oz brown bottle covered in rams - on the label and the little white plastic one around the neck. Beer poured a dark reddish-brown with a thin off-white head that left no lacing.
Smell: Sweet malt, dark dried fruits, and a hint of spice?
First Drink: Sweet malt again, followed by some flavors reminiscent of oak or other aged wood. There is more going on here but the beer is still a little cool.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth (silky smooth even) with a nice level of carbonation.
Last Drink: More of the alcohol coming through now and some other "dark" flavors that remind me a bit of aged leather... though not in an unpleasant way.
Drinkability: I could kick back with a few of these for sure, but I feel it is a beer best savored one or two at a time.
Notes: Overlooked this beer for a long time as I thought I had tried it before, or knew what it tasted like. I was wrong. I think this beer is worth the price of admission (which can be a bit hefty here in the US).
Verdict: 4.25 out of 5. Smooth, flavorful, and complex. Plus you get a free plastic ram/goat with each bottle! Now what to do with them all...
Links: Beer Advocate and Ayinger Brewery.