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Saturday
Jan122013

AUGUSTINER MAXIMATOR DOUBLE BOCK

Augustiner Maximator Double Bock. All this talk of scorching summer temperatures has had Beeriosity's northern hemisphere folk scratching their heads and looking wistfully at their Canadian goose down coats.

So, I guess, this one's for them. And it's a ripper. Munich's Augustiner isn't known for getting a lot of beers wrong, and this joins the long list of beers under the "Just Beaut" column.

The smell is ultra rich, like a beer concentrate but sweeter and the colour promises a texture you could spread on crackers. T'aint so. 

Instead, its viscosity is not miles dissimilar from a stock Augustiner helles (a damned-fine lager in anybody's language), but the flavour is something else entirely.

When they gave me this from the tap in Italy, I was a bit underwhelmed by the flavours, especially at the front of the tongue. As it warmed slightly - only 5 minutes or so in the glass - it became a symphony of winter beer flavours.

There are berries in there, spices, a little pepper, some chocolate and even hints of coffee. But none of it ever dominates the rest of it, it all blends together to create a seamless delivery of accumulating flavours as it travels along your tongue.

And then, in the aftertaste, comes a wonderfully warming hit of hoppy bitterness. This is one magnificent winter drink. And, damn, I have to be in Munich next week...

 

10/10

 

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