Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Brett. Flavor is maple and tea along with some caramel. Gigantic amount of sweetness without being cloying, actually balancing out nicely. I really question the 17% as this is way too drinkable for that. An amazing beer.
ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2006 Sample provided by the Kuhnhenn brothers. This was a keg of Extraneous Ale that had black currant juice added to it by mistake.
Dark amber body with no head. The aroma is currant juice, caramel, cherry and raisins. The flavor is currant, toffee, prunes and rum. Full body with a soft and smooth texture that borders on sticky at times. ABV seems better hidden than in the regular version.
auerbrau (2953) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dusky-hued dark ruby, with a rim of white. Strong all cassis aroma. First, freshly poured percolating Hero Cassis, bubbling in a nonic at a bar in Amsterdam, followed by tooth-marring Finnish cassis jellies, and finally with a tart nip of lightly aged Belgian black currant juice. All expressive, yet singular. Incredibly profusive. Bright, however yielded a faint edge of vegetal character. Flavor begins with a sharp, sweet and almost slightly bitter cassis flavor, with edges of blackberry and tight vinegar expressions. After a blossing bold cassis domination initial, I’m swepth into a faint dark caramelly sugar, with some distant yeast toasts. This movement of other characters doesn’t really ever get to fully express itself, drowned in the sea of amazing black currant character. Again, this ebbs mediciney and cloying, with a few touches of sickly sugar. However, one cannot underestimate the ridiculous smoothness for a beer of assumedly 17% alcohol. Vinous and caramel shuffled with cassis in some first date awkwardness. Finally, a touching note of minute vegetal hop dust sails over the blasting fruit character. Yeast spice and esters I think help add an extra dimension to the cassis flavor. Obviously this was accidental (the addition of currant juice), because it’s unbalanced. If the currants had been reduced by 50% this would be a beer up there with Raspberry Eisbock. Being the cassis whore that I am, this was fun to sip, especially considering the bright vinous notes, but it just got a little overbearing. I guess not every accident spawns a winner.
sunevdj (2737) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2005 bottle from Hildigöltur at Theis and Mette’s. Thanks. Pours a clear dark brown with no head. Smells of black currant. Quite sweet with loads of sweet liquirish aromas. Also some aromas of black currant. Also aromas of lakrids konfekt. Hints of alcohol, but hides the 17% very well. Full bodied. Almost no carbonation. Sweet finish.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of the Kuhnhenn Brothers. Muddied brown, no head, oily, coats glass. Huge fruit character, fig, prune, currant, alcohol. Flavor is very cordial like, currant, overly sweet at times, alcohol. After awhile palate adjusts a little, but hot.alcohol character kills score.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - APR 1, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at Sea of Floyster tasting. Huge thanks to WeeHeavySD for bringing this super rarity. I think he mentioned one time this was his rarist bottle, which is saying something for someone who has everything including Dave. Crazy great aroma. Deep rich brown amber color. Fruity, sweet and mellow. Tastes like pure unfermented cassis, more than any other beer I’ve tried. High residual accentuates fruitiness. Excellent!
AgentSteve (1613) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge full nose of chocolate and fruit. Same in the flavor with a lasting sweet finish.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
9 oz. nip bottle; thanks Tom!! 2007 vintage; thick, dark reddish amber with no head; cherries, chocolate and lots of booze; super sweet and pretty harsh going down; sharp cherry tartness with table sugar and cheesecake; crazy sweet and interesting desert beer; quite different than the Hanssens Cassis sampled in a side by side
awaisanen (1312) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rich, cherry wood brown with a thin head of quickly dissipating ivory. The aroma is completely dominated by an intoxicatingly rich fruity currant bouquet. The cassis character is very forward but fabulously rich and heavy, allowing only a breath of vanilla to escape from beneath its fruity cloak. Full bodied, effervescent mouthfeel. Wow, a ton of cassis immediately floods the palate. Some fine bradyish characters follow, but are quite smooth considering the high ABV. As the brandy flavors fade, more of the base beer notes start to poke out from behind the ripe currant fruits, with edges of caramel and spicy zinfindel tannins. The finish begins to get a bit heavy and mediciny with a cherry twist, but as I reach the bottom of my glass, the yeasty dregs add a bit of a spicy, dark breath to soften the cassis edge. Currants, currants, currants - the re-occuring theme here in this fruity, sipping treat.
walleye (1042) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
had this September 22nd, my birthday present from Brett. another wow beer. poured a dark amber to ruby with no head. aroma besides the hint of alcohol I got black currant followed by some red currant and the secret ingredient green tea with a nice blend of malt and vanilla and caramel. flavor, the currants take a front seat here with the caramel and vanilla coming in a close 2nd, I was excepting the alcohol to be right up front on this beer but it just poked it head out. IMO this would give the raspberry eisbock a run for its money