1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Carolus, Der Starke - Binding-Brauerei AG

Not Rated.
Carolus, Der StarkeCarolus, Der Starke

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

12 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 12
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Binding-Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: schrist275 on 12-17-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of schrist275
schrist275

Florida

4.85/5  rDev +20.6%

WOW, what a hit. A decent looking bottle poured itself into my glass and to my pleasant surprise a dark brown/red easy flowing liquid flowed. On a normal pour I recieved about a 1/2 inch light fluffy head off of a .25 liter glass. Had to sit back and just admire the color. The color is something that I wish my living room table would look like. The smell-aroma-second sensory input was heavy chocolate mixed with love. The slow flow onto the tongue was almost magical. A light hoppy and slightly burned chocolate flavor hits first and then mellows out into a slow moving tongue riding flavor train. The flavor lasts all the way up until the next sip, but leaves no residue. As the beer warms up the flavor becomes more pronounced and is even better in my dark beer loving mind. A grand bier.

12-17-2002 11:33:21 | More by schrist275
Photo of stevoj
stevoj

Idaho

4.22/5  rDev +5%

Poured from a half litre bottle into lager glass, about one finger head, subsiding to short head that covers the glass. Dark, dark brown...held up to light, and still can't see through....

Fair amount of carbonation and nice heady amount of malty aroma...

Strong taste, just right for a dopplebock. Alcohol not apparent at first, but kicks in late... a nice winter warmer

12-27-2011 18:04:23 | More by stevoj
Photo of dasenebler
dasenebler

Maine

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

.5L, Germany, best by 5/11.

Pours a nice ruby-brown. Decent head with large, foamy bubbles and average lacing.

Aroma is slightly alcoholic, but comes through with a nice nutty, chocolatey character.

Flavor is excellent. Man I love these authentic German doppelbocks. Thick, rich and purely malty without a whole lot of fruit or spiciness going on. Just sweet, bready and straight-up malty, with a great dulce de leche character. Light hoppiness. Finish is very clean. Lager smoothness cannot be beaten. Mouthfeel has fine, creamy carbonation.

A doppelbock with a refreshing, decidedly lagerific character. Most excellent.

10-28-2010 20:32:12 | More by dasenebler
Photo of JCBears
JCBears

Germany

4.19/5  rDev +4.2%

appearance: In a word DARK. Very rich no amber just nice an almost black color

smell: Nice sweet smell almost caramel. Fills the nostrils

taste: Almost overly sweet. A rich and full flavor that really feels more like a desert than a brew

mouthfeel: Coats the mouth, should be drank lightly. what a brew

overall: Good beer especially from this brewery. Really a fantastic product

01-07-2014 22:38:11 | More by JCBears
Photo of UncleJimbo
UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

Sampled on-tap at Solber Fäss'je in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2852/

This bockbier poured a clear, deep, deep garnet color (almost black) with creamy, light brown foam that persisted, clung, and coated the glass. There was a strong carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The smell was malty with aromatic notes (spices) and hints of cloves. The taste was strong and rich: malty, chocolate, fruity (almost cherry-like), sweet, with a touch of alcohol. The hops were there, but obscured by all the malt. The body was full with good carbonation. Warming with a malty sweetness. The aftertaste was malty and fruity. This was an interesting beer, and was surprisingly good.

01-04-2006 14:11:49 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of pchalk
pchalk


4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-03-2013 17:10:53 | More by pchalk
Photo of AnitaBrewski
AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-31-2012 18:00:32 | More by AnitaBrewski
Photo of Beerenauslese
Beerenauslese

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a dark reddish brown producing some head that goes away fast. Leaves trace amounts of lacing.

Aromas of dark stone fruit, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol.

Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. A bit sweet and alcohol is pronounced. Seems the flavors are all there at once and that kind of makes for a less than really interesting taste experience.

Mouthfeel is light with low carbonation, which allows the booziness to come through.

A drink worthy beer, one of the best double bocks I have had.

03-09-2010 23:46:23 | More by Beerenauslese
Photo of rinhaak
rinhaak

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-29-2012 01:07:49 | More by rinhaak
Photo of MTNboy
MTNboy

Germany

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%

Appearance: Dark brown body with a red tint. The lace was an off white color as was the lace. The lace was plentiful but the head was not

Smell: Roasty but sweet. There is not much for hops this as it should be is very malty.

Taste: There are some roasted malt characters up front but are a little more mild than on would imagine. A yeasty hay flavor is also present.

Mouthfeel: A little thin for this style.

Overall: Not bad but very similar to pils in flavor with some roasted malt.

12-16-2012 15:07:26 | More by MTNboy
Photo of boddhitree
boddhitree

Germany

3.6/5  rDev -10.4%

Drunk on tap at the Weihnachtsmarkt, 2013 in Frankfurt from the Carolus stand.
Aroma: Roasted malts, toasty, bready pils malts, not really very strong, really gotta stick your nose in there to get it.

Taste:
In the front: some light bitterness, alcohol , roasted, burnt flavors.
Mid: Lots a very little bitterness. On the sides, extremely sweet Münchner malt, roasted malt toasted & burnt umami.
Back: Tons of roasted, toasted malts mixed well together, but strong alcohol hotness in back too. Actually, it's less this year than the previous years. A mix of hints of chocolate, a little sweetness from roasted, not much black malt.

Mouthfeel: nice & heavy. You can feel its heft on your tongue; it stands up to a cold winter's day at the Weihnachtsmarkt.

Overall, very malty-sweet, and almost balanced bitterness up front, but not quite. Too hot in alcohol for my tastes. it's not a bad beer, not great. The flavor is malt-sweet but not overly so, and on a cold winter's day, a good beer to enjoy outside or by the fireside. I'd give it a 3.8.

11-30-2013 12:21:55 | More by boddhitree
Photo of IchLiebeBier
IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Appearance: Dark chestnut; medium head

Aroma: Malty; fruity; fig-like

Taste: Malty; slightly bitter; creamy; warming alcohol flavor; not very complex, but good overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

06-15-2013 12:08:41 | More by IchLiebeBier
Carolus, Der Starke from Binding-Brauerei AG
87 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.