matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Because Degarth has been incessantly busting my balls about not rating this fine rare brew that he has shared with me… 9 months later I am ratting it! I still have my notes, and I still very vividly recall the beer, as it was the first in a long line from that particular evening of tasting.
Poured a caramel brown / amber body and a soft ivory head. There was little lacing and the head was quickly fleeting. My first thought from the aroma was the slight oxidation, a mention of cardboard, but it was a nice addition to the boldly malty body that was probably long ago once cloyingly sweet. A suggestion of molasses, maple syrup, raisins and dates; did you know that dates come from a Date Palm Tree? I just learned that in a gardening book a couple nights ago! Anyhow, loads of dark pit fruit suggestions were still present… and there was a nice Thomas Hardy’s English style yeastiness in the finish, note of tangerine zest as well.
Overall, I can attest to this beer aging with absolute divinity and grace!
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by goldtwins: Pours a transparent dark copper mahogany with a thin, lightly-lacing light tan head. Rich, sweet complex caramel malty aroma has a very nice authentic bock character and mild dark fruits. Body starts with a good viscous caramel maltiness, subtle dark fruit and chocolate character. Finishes drier, slightly earthy with some lingering bittersweet dark chocolate. Very nicely balanced and complex. Seems to have aged quite well.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
<!-- b -->Rating 1400:<!-- /b --> Big thanks to Degarth for this rare treat. Disclaimer:This beer is 6 years old and I am rating it based on what it tastes like now. Not if it was an Eisbock in 2000. Poured a clear dark brown color with copper edges and a thin beige head. Thick and sweet aroma of finely aged malt. Not papery oxidized malt but just aged malt. Notes of prunes, wood and molasses. It smells great. Sweet aged malt makes up the flavor. A good amount of dark fruits. Light to medium body. This could be the only place that age could have been negative to the beer. It was fantastic. Somebody seems to have taken very good care of this beer. It lends the answer to "Can beers be aged?"
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Props go to MrFacto for procuring this rare and exceptional treat! Poured a deep ruddy brown with a fairly-retained cap of beige head. Hazy, with some visible carbonation and sediment in the pour. Deep, rich dark fruity malts, mild oak, oxidization, and Port wine in the complex and excellent nose. Flavor was much like the aroma, with a rich, dark fruity base, toffee, and woodiness... alcohol emerged with warmth, but only as complementary to the other goodness. Creamy and rich on the palate... other than mild oxidization, age has treated this very well! Fantastic!
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy, murky, mahogany appearance with beady cascading lace along with a few ice sheaf-like centipede formations to serve as the head. Aroma hints at its age with portly attenuations, mulled apple cider, vinegar, open-air bordeaux and cranberry sauce stains on the dining room table. Flavor turns it right around. Buttery caramel toffees persevere in true fashion. Greasy pecans meet vanilla, smooth cedar, and some tannin like qualities. Gentle, natural carbonation still remains, along with a prominent noble hops presence that meanders prevalently throughout the experience. Pralines and caramel provide an ever-so-sweet finish. Quite the treat, and big thanks to MrFacto for landing it!
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Matt! The beer pours to a caramel chestnut body with a thin beige head. The aroma is very good. Woodsy old ale aromas. Very good, delicate, balanced malts and sugars. I thought it held up well. The flavor is also woodsy old ale-ish. Perhaps that’s oxidation? Either way, I didn’t think it matters because it was still quite good. The palate is carbonated with a medium body and good texture. Bring this beer back Dan!
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to MrFacto for sharing this rare bottle. Aroma is amazing: chewy caramel, dried fruit, major dried figs, lots of aged oxidation flavors but no cardboard. Dark amber-orange in color with a thin light brown head. Sweet and bready flavor, like rye bread with caraway seeds, dried figs, some smokey caramel and a touch of chocolate in the finish. Thinner body, with a slightly oily texture.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2006 Thanks Matt for this rarity! Fairy thick, light caramel colored head. Nice deep copper body. Aroma is sort of a slightly oxidized sweet caramelly and brown sugary malt, stale rye, and cherry fruit. Flavor is very nicely melded rye, woody raisins, some dark fruit, light german hops. Again, some oxidation and reminiscent of an aged (6-yr) Bigfoot. Overall, very nice. Curious to see how the Unplugged Eisbock works out compared to this.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Matt
dark brown pour thick tan head w/ some nice lacing. Giant malty aroma huge brown sugar & molasses plums mmm. Palate is full and well coated, lightly creamy. Flavor reminds me of an old ale hugly malty brown sugar touches of carmel touches of plum and molasses. Very very sweet. Quite good.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from 2000
Huge malty, brown sugar, molasses, fresh pumpernickel and dark fruit aroma. Body is a deep brown color with a quickly fading wispy white head. Fore is very bready..pumpernickel notes galore. Quite malty, some caramel notes, slight oxidation gives it an almost barley wine finish. Finish also holds mild dark fruit notes, but the pumpernickel flavors are what linger in the far aftertaste. Alcohol is more felt (via flushed cheeks and a hot throat) than tasted.
It has held up pretty dang well and having recently had many NG beers for the first time I am quite impressed with this brewery. It is definitely at the top of my "favorite" breweries list now.