Loncium Imperial Schwarze Gams

Loncium_schwarzegamsBrewer: Loncium Brewery, Kötschach-Mauthen, Austria
Style: Dunkler Bock
ABV: 6.4%
IBUs: Unspecified (low)

Description: The Schwarze Gams is brewed in the Germanic tradition of Bock beer, employing dark, rich malts and a subtle dose of Noble hops to achieve a well-balanced, malty, and slightly sweet beer with intense mouth feel. It won the silver medal at the 2011 European Beer Star in the Dunkler Bock German Style category, the silver medal at the 2012 World Beer Challenge in the category of German Style Dark Bock, and the bronze at the 2012 Australian International Beer Awards.

Tasting Notes: This is yet another late sampling from the 2014 Advent Beer Calender, one which I tried already but didn’t get around to reviewing. As Bock’s go, this was definitely a very decent one. It was a tad subtle, compared to many others I’ve had. However, this is something that’s to be appreciated. Subtle, complex, smooth, malty, and slightly sweet.

Appearance: Dark brown, clear, medium foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Dark malt, raisins, brown sugar, molasses, mild herbal hops
Taste: Rich, deep malt, mineral tang, dates, raisins and brown sugar, herbal hop finish
Aftertaste: Lingering dark malts, sugars, and minerality
Overall: 8.4/10

Croucher Nuclear Free Anzus IPA

Croucher_IPABrewer: Croucher Brewery, Rotorua, New Zealand  
Style: India Pale Ale
ABV: 7%
IBU: Unspecified (high)

Description: Brewed in New Zealand, Nuclear Free Anzus is a tribute to New Zealand rocking the boat when it asked that the ANZUS treaty (a Cold War alliance with Australia and the US) not involve nuclear warships and was dumped. Using pale malts and hops from Australia, NZ and the USA, this IPA strikes an interesting balance. It is also the recipient of the Bronze medal at both the 2014 BrewNZ Awards and the 2014 Australian International Beer Awards.


Tasting Notes: This brew is another installment from the Advent Beer Calender, and was quite a lovely take on the IPA. It packs quite the gullet-punch when it comes to the citrus hop flavor. However, the passion fruit flavor was a bit overpowering, to the point that it almost seemed like they had thrown in some actual fruit and artificial flavor into the mix. Still, it was a pleasant brew and a good installment in the pack.

Appearance: Deep orange, clear, mild foam retention and medium carbonation
Nose: strong, floral hop nose, tropical fruit and citrus
Taste: Crisp malt, strong hops, grape, lots of passion fruit, citrus rind
Aftertaste: Lingering passion fruit flavor, citrus rind
Overall: 8/10