SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild 2008 Strong Beer Fest, on February 17, at the Mesa Amphitheatre. My favorite of all beers sampled.
DietPepsican (1585) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark ruby with a brownish white head. Aroma of sweet and dried fruits, caramel. Flavor is similar. Has a red wine hint to it as well as tootsie roll, yeast, and a bit of spiciness. Slightly acidic yet kind of sweet too. No alcohol present. The girlfriend said it was very port like and that kind of stuck out as being correct. Very interesting.
jrob21 (3395) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown color. You can see the bubbles popping through though. Grain, wheat, and fruit aromas. Raisin, plum and caramel flavors. Full bodied and slightly sweet. As it warms the alcohol becomes more apparent and warms your soul as it goes down. Sort of resiny and brandy like finish.
GMCC2181 (1586) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, dark brown almost like a weak stout. Smelled fruity, chocolatey and some other sweetness that I cant figure out. Smelled like a barley wine. Taste like a stong ale, and maybe some characteristics of a wine. I have never tasted a beer like this. 12 percentile is strong but it fits this beer perfect. Unique, that is for sure. I like, I like it a lot!
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2007. Aroma and flavor similar and feature sweet fruits and rich, floral/grassy qualities. Pretty rich mouthfeel that surprised and impressed me. Very good brew.
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
11.2oz, 2007 bottling. Oh baby. Not much to look at, it pours a kind of murky dirty creek brown with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is huge, with loads of sweet dried fruits. Body is similar, adding some distinct black currant flavors with raisin, plum, vanilla, chocolate and spice. I think the mouthfeel here is the winner, it is an interesting combination of creaminess but at the same time decent carbonation keeps it exciting. Pretty rich style overall, I would consider this along the lines of a very rich dessert... a small portion (one bottle) is enough.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours murky brown color with a thinnish tan colored head. Aroma of yeast, banana, dark fruit, alcohol. flavor is grains, yeast, banana, rasin, alcohol. palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, finished somewhat sweet. Very nice.
Goodgrief (1978) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 3, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
July 2006 - Pours looking much like a Belgian quad...dark brown with quickly dissipating head (no lacing), floating yeasties everywhere. The aroma was alcohol and dark fruits, as was the flavor. I don’t usually like the heavy alcohol flavor, but I found it warming and pleasant here. Prunes or figs or some kind of heavy, dark fruit dominate the flavor with a nice balance of spiciness.
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy/dark brown with minimal head. Sweet, alcoholic, fruity aroma. Thick mouth feel. Strong alcoholic flavor, mild hop tingle. strong fruity flavor to it with a little bit of a toffee quality. Pretty crazy. My first Eisbock. Pretty good actually! I’m not usually big on the Bock "genre."
Fin (9356) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the Weisses Brauhaus, Munchen, Germany, 25-01-08 This poured into it’s own rather natty dedicated glass, a slimline affair that widens on the halfway point with frosted glass at the bottom, probably to look a bit icy. The beer was a deep dark brown with a wonderful creamy off-white head. Chocolate, banana and alcohol tickle the nostrils and then the flavour assault begins, sweet malts, dark fruits, banana again and that alcohol forever skulking around waiting with a wry smile on its face for the moment when you get off that stool all jelly legged like Bambi on ice. I can imagine that this wouldn’t be to everyone’s taste, sometimes the alcohol can be just a tad harsh, but I loved it for what it was, which I would regard as a seriously steroided up dark wheat beer.