kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark amber, rich sweet malt aroma and flavor, rich like a barleywine, nice balancing bitter finish, hot alcohol essence,
clear dark brown, whispy beige head, touch of drippy lace, huge rich sweet malt aroma with hints of dark fruit, big body at first but ends up very thin, sticky sweet malt flavor, well balanced with an earthy hop quality, good ripe fruit quality, long light bitterness in the finish, touch of oxidation shows after a while
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 17/20
Ughsmash (7136) - 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!
CaptainCougar (7132) - 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.
Skyview (5209) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
For review #5,000, this milestone beer had an interesting story of how it was acquired in the first place. When I attended the Great Taste of the Midwest 2012, I was disenchanted as I noticed my favorite food vendor, Baumgartnerís, didnít set up a food stand at the festival. Whatís this? No Wisconsin limburger cheese on rye with red onions, and a bottle of Blumers root beer for lunch this year? We canít have that! This was the first time in ten years Baumgartnerís didnít show up and I had to modify my festival routine this year.
Well, a few weeks later, I stopped at Baumgartnerís in Monroe while visiting the southwest breweries of Wisconsin. As I was writing a few beer reviews on my iPad, a gentleman sitting next to me noticed me updating ratebeer database and started a conversation with me about some of the historical breweries of Wisconsin. I would never turn down an opportunity to archive more beer history so we talked for over an hour. During our conversation, he said he used to work for New Glarus Brewing Company. He also mentioned that he still had a bottle of New Glarus Symposium Eisbock in his cellar. I asked him what would it take for me to purchase the bottle of New Glarus Symposium Eisbock from him? He said "Buy me a round of beer and itís yours." He came back 20 minutes later and handed me the bottle (the one featured in this profile page). Not only did I bought him a round of beer, I bought him lunch and three rounds of beer for his generosity.
A month later I stopped at Baumgartnerís again and the gentleman was there too. I bought him two more rounds of beer. So when you are visiting breweries and writing beer reviews, always make time to talk to curious people who are observing what you are doing. Youíll never know what they may offer you.
From a 12-oz bottle pours a hazy dark yellowish brown colored brew with no head, yet a thin beige film top slowly dissipates. Aroma of brown sugar, a hint of soy and mild raisin and dark pitted fruit. Taste is medium to full bodied, very little carbonation if any with flavors of powdery roasted dark malts, raisin, brown sugar some prune and toffee. Finish is quite smooth, a tad on the sweet side with aftertastes if oxidized caramel malts, brown sugar and a touch of soy. Everything I expected from a 12-year old bottle of Eisbock.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brewed for the 2000 National Craft Brewerís Conference and Brew Expo America. Clear garnet mohagany with a small bubbled tan head. Sweet dark fruit and malt aroma. Suprisingly light in body, but a nice smooth glide across the tongue. Malt dominated as style appropriate. Sweetness hits hard at first but rapidly fades to a dry warming mild spicy alcohol finish. Lingering pieces of dark caramel, chocolate and mild coffee in the finish. Very nice - even after 2-1/2 years.
badgerben (4400) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted 1/13/13. Courtesy of Skyview. Many thanks! Dark brown color with no head. Big aroma of brown sugar. Strong, malt flavor with a lot of brown sugar. Light metalic notes and a bit of aged soy sauce character. Quite dry. Tastes like a hybrid of an aged Ayinger Celebrator and a JW Lees Harvest Ale on its way to 20 years.
Beerman6686 (4348) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This poured a murky brown color with a biege head. Aroma was lots na d lots of cardboard, some caramel, and mint too. Flavor was sticky sweet, very oxidized cardboard and mint with very light roast too. Definitely gone.
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?"
cheap (4055) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2011
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Had this at the 2011 Pittsburgh Ratebeer Christmas Eve Eve Tasting. Since there are only a few ratings for this rare beer, I will not mention who gave it to me. I will spare him the fun hatemail. First I want to say that I never ever dreamed i would have a chance to taste this. Yes the aroma is a bit oxidized, but what would you expect? A little rosey looking in the glass. No way am I tasting a beet that is 11 years old, how could this be? Totally flat, more like a PA state store produdct than a beer, is this an aperitif? Very strong but uniquely has a somewhat slight watery finish, not viscous at all. Yes, stong liqour finish fer sure.
1FastSTi (3336) - 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 thatís oxidation? Either way, I didnít 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!