DialSquare (3396) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rating note from a few months ago. Tap sampler at the 5 Seasons north brewpub. Red-brown pour. Banana and wheat aroma. Taste follow suit with chocolate and caramel. Earthy vibe.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown orange, beige head. Raisiny sweet aroma, burnt caramel, lots of banana. Taste is banana, clove, sweet caramel, dark dried fruits.
Hank1980 (963) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap Labor Day weekend. Poured dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of wheat, sweet malt, dark fruit, sugar. Taste is a little more like a wheat, with some ester flavors and spice, still plenty of sweet malt notes and dark fruit. Pretty interesting. Mouth is pretty full and smooth. Warming finish. Overall, one of the most unique wheat beers I’ve ever had.
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was absolutely fantastic. One of my new favorites from 5 Seasons. Great spicy esthers. Upon blind tasting I would have called this a Weizenbock, but this is a fabulous hybrid. The yeasty texture already present melds nicely with flavors of raisins and dark fruits, with a lingering cereal malt graininess that gives great texture and mouthfeel. Nicely hidden alcohol, leaves this one to sneak up on you.
ChainGangGuy (4530) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Seemingly opaque, dark amber-brown body (the subdued late night lighting is throwing of my appearance check) with a thin, off-white head.
Smell: Toasted wheat malt with sweet-scented notes of caramel and brown sugar. Pinch of spices. Wafting fruit scent along with a sniff of good, clean alcohol.
Taste: Flavor of toasted wheat with an overall dark breadiness to it. Tastes of bananas brushed with caramel and brown sugar and spiced with clove and nutmeg. Mild, earthy bitterness. Fruity notes of green raisins and, though lightly, some apricot. Drying finish with a lingering toasted wheat taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Abbey Winter is a good beer, just as abbywinters is a good website. Full of flavor but still very drinkable, which leaves me wondering on the ABV% of this one.
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - MAR 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
For a weizenbock, seemed very light. Ruby pour with a sweet banana aroma. Flavor had lots of the good esthery goodness, but the thin finish was a bit disappointing.
decaturstevo (5432) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clove, brown sugar on the nose. Lightly hazed copper with a hint of orange. Brown sugar, light clove, and a tad of sour. A wee bit thin with good carbonation. Complex to the point of unusual.
SSSteve (3950) - - FEB 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark purple brown under a small beige head. smooth velvety palate. full bodied. aroma of banana and chocolate with similar flavors. much like a weizenbock.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy cloudy red-brown, off white head. Sweet malt aromas of plums and plum candy. Soft mouthfeel. Juicy body just like the golden ale, only with loads of plum character. Nice.
Cybercat (4028) - Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark warm amber brown with a fairly persistent tan head. Aroma is strong and wheaty with an undertone of banana and a touch of spice. Rich wheaty flavor has a banana tone and hints of cloves. Texture is smooth and creamy, a little tingly. Excellent.