Doppelbock Dunkel

Somewhat surprising. Single from Total Wine, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour yields a very dark brown body with some bubbly head that fades fairly quickly. Nothing much to report here. Nose gives a slight sherry note, with a sweet Old Ale aroma. It promises much. Upfront tastes are malt driven as expected and there are some fruits, a touch of alcohol (although not a smuch as the ABV would suggest) and some simple, DB like features (more sweetness). The beer is a little odd in as much as the mouthfeel...

Samichlaus Bier Helles

12oz single from Green's, Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. $4.99. OK, I think that you need to be in the mood for this. Obviously this is a VERY high alcohol brew and with that comes some syrupy body and excessive (relative) sweetness. Having said that, all things considered it drinks OK, and it is tasty. I am very surprised at the color because it is so golden orange. Not a great deal of head and not much retention (but I wasn't expecting much). Obviously with a Doppelbock I was expectig a darker...

Samichlaus Bier

2005 bottling, sampled in November 2006. Pours still, as expeced, to reveal a lovely, simple light amber body. Alcohol in the nose is huge - also as expected. Very strong, almost medicinal or chemical. Tastes are better and smoother than the aroma would suggest. No real burn which is amazing considering everything. Drinkability is good when taken in terms of the beer and the fruit character comes through more than I expected.

Urbock 23°

Golden pour with a nice white head. Aroma and taste are all liquor based alcohol with some sweetness. Not as cloyingly sweet as I was expecting, but still very sugary and the alcohol can creep up on you. Lots of alcoholic strength and a bitterish finish to compliment the malty sugar. Overall, very sweet and very alcoholic. I still prefer my Doppelbocks dark, and malt based rather than golden and alcohol based. These lighter bocks feel very potent to me without the calming influence of the...

Mac Queen’s Nessie

Quite how this is a "red" ale, or indeed a Wee Heavy, is really not at all apparent, but here goes anyway. Pours a dark yellow, and for all intents and purposes, apart from the depth of color, this beer looks like a macro lager. Little or no head and no lacing. Some fruit and alcohol in the aroma. Quite oily in the mouth, and the alcohol taste combined with the slick feel make this beer seem much more than the 7.3% would suggest. Tastes are largely alcohol and a whisky (or other spirit) type...