BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 5, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber hue with frothy tan head. Nose is big bananas and cloves, rich biscuit and bread malts, light fruits and hops. Flavor is through the roof, banana and cloves up front with apples and pears in tow, sweet malts fill out the middle with a hint of hop bitterness, finishes sweet and fruity. Full body, thick chewy texture, modest carbonation. A great example of a rare style, amazing esters and yeast characteristics make this a must have special release!
JohnnyJ (5415) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark reddish brown with creamy tan head. Dark dried fruits, prune, plum, cherry, sweet bread, toasted wheat, brown banana, chocolate, and a tangy spice. Complex and warming, with a fair amount of carbonation, which makes the mouthfeel lighter. Not big and over-the-top.
hopscotch (10642) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Murky, prune-colored lager with a small, creamy, khaki head. Fantastic retention. The bouquet releases tons of underripe bananas with gentle chocolate roastiness and a touch of sassafras. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. The flavor is tangy-sweet, fruity and spicy. Finishes minerally, lightly tart and moderately bitter.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark, dark brown with an enormous creamy tan head that continues to regenerate from the bottom and sticks aggressively to the sides of the glass. It’s close to copper when held up to light.
The aroma is wonderfully complex for the style. It’s got cocoa, bananas, roasted dark malts, raisins and some yeast sweetness.
It tastes like chocolate-covered bananas right off the bat - sweet wheat flavors, cocoa and dark fruit all mixed together. The caramel malt and yeast backbone comes out a little more than in the aroma making the taste a little less sweet.
The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and extremely smooth. Close to full bodied for the style. Dessert-like feel overall.
Coming back from the hiccup that was Decadence 08, this one brings back the craftsmanship I’ve come to enjoy from AleSmith. Complex, full of flavor but still exceptionally drinkable. Really nice.
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another strong showing by my favorite brewer. Cloudy chestnut color reminiscent of Mississippi River water produced a billowing latte head that climbed like meringue out of the glass. Tight rings defiantly hung on after every sip. The aroma is full and rich. Cocoa, freshly cut/caramel coated bananas, raisin, wheat and yeast. Flavor fills the palate and shows no alcohol despite it’s rather high percentage. Again, banana, caramel, dark fruit, bubblegum, honey, and the slightest hint of clove show. Warm and clean...a winner!
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewery. Poured an opaque black color with a brown head. Very aromatic beer. Lots of bubble gum in particular with clove, banana, and roasted nuts. Medium bodied and delicately sweet. Nice spices, dark fruit, banana, and subdued caramel in the flavor with a bit of cereal grain into the finish.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JAN 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Total Wine...Very dark pour with a lasting tan head..Aroma is a lot of banana almost like a hefe...Flavor is very roasty with with with some dark fruits, slightly spicy..Lots of carbonation...Not to familiar with this style but I am really enjoying this beer.
alexanderj (3541) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; poured a dark auburn color with a big khaki colored head. Nice looking. Aroma of wheat, caramel, banana, cocoa, fruit and alcohol. Flavor was classic Alesmith smoothness. Has a big banana wheat front that lingers, but in a rather subdued manner. A good amount of caramel and cocoa notes. Soft palate that seemed to coat the mouth. Really does linger for a while. Really not blown away by the flavor, although I did think it was good. Very good beer, but not great for me.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JAN 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured at a "friends" place of business. I could smell this all day long. The aromas of roasty, caramel, banana and that aged wood that I never get enough of. Flavors where very familiar for a Weizenbock. This may be the best American Weizenbock I have had. Quite possibly the best period.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big rusty brown pour. Aroma zings with lots of banana, wheat and spices. Flavor is somewhat relaxed, not over the top. I imagine many will find this beer uninspired because it hasn’t sat in a barrel or run through the intestines of a Lemur. But, it’s true to style and very enjoyable to imbibe.