maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAY 16, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Apperance: pours with a clear, dark amber-copper color and a light head of foam that settles very quickly. Moderate levels of carbonation make this a pleasantly lively lager.
Aroma: Wow. Intense and very interesting/complex. Some nutty hazelnut aromas ride on top of a Solera Sherry-like base. A suggestion of sweetness.
Flavor & Finish: Sweet entry, like an Extra Cream Sherry. The nut tones are somewhat surprising. This beer finishes with some warmth that travels down to the stomach. A very powerful, thick, sweet (but not cloyingly so), and heavy malt bomb with a long, long finish. A great sipping beer that you’d almost want to pour in a brandy glass. I love this beer.
Ernest (6222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2002
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Head is initially average sized frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (molasses, light bread, caramel), with notes of peach, honey, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic. Full body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation. Ack...corn syrup and vodka in a glass. The aroma is fine aside from the vapors, but still a bit dull.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2002
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
In agreeing with many of the other tasters, I’d say that this beer is too overpowering. Extremely warming and unfinishable.
Sigmund (5120) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 15, 2002
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
The initial aroma and flavour of this excessively strong brew is completely dominated by a revolting sweetness, later you find pleasant notes like oak and dried fruit - however much of the sweetness prevails even to the aftertaste, making it almost impossible to finish a bottle. This was my first eisbock, I feel no urge to sample the style again (unless it’s for free). I don’t need a beer to ’stand in for fine sherry or port’ - given the choice, I’d rather have just that: A fine sherry or port! Call me a conservative dumb-ass if you like, but I still think a beer primarily should taste like beer.
fraternie (820) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not really as bad as some have said, but certainly not great. Very sweet malt flavor, wine/whiskey/caramel nose and strong alcohol flavor in the finish. Warming and fairly smooth aftertaste, but too sweet and too high in ABV. This is probably a style that should just give up.
Suttree (5144) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 28, 2002
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
With a beautiful amber color, it looks great in the glass. You might want to leave it there.
mkcuff99 (15) - Ft. Hood, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2002
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Interesting, but just too sweet for me. Alcohol content was suprising, but if I want something with an alcohol content almost comparable to whiskey, then I’m going to have a whiskey!
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A had a few of these last summer and I don’t remember what happened the rest of the night! Seriously, pleasant aroma, very sweet going down and aftertaste.
Dragonblaze99 (354) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very sweet, and the sweetishness covers all the other flavors. Packs one hell of an alcholic punch, though.
Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Seems like the entire character of this beer is domenated by the scale topping gravity. From a brewing perspective it is well made, and very high gravity beers like this are hard to do. From a drinking perspective this is a difficult beer to drink more than 4-5 ounces of at a time. It can be quite enjoyable, but only in the same contexts as a brandy, say late in the evening after a biting day of January weather. Just don’t serve it with lunch.