kseecs16 (1209) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours out dark brown with deep ruby highlights with a touch of purple throughout. Thin off-white head would show some lacing. Aroma was strong, very sweet and fruity. Alcohol permeates. Clove at first on the palate, with a potent sweet flavor. Alcohol is noticeable but masked by the rich flavors of this beer. A warming finish, but not harsh with a touch of lingering bitterness.
kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
When Colorado was hit with a massive blizzard just a couple days before my flight to Paris, I knew what I had to do: buy some beer. My instinct was correct, for it wasnít until the day after Christmas that I was finally home. Spending those miserable few nights without company was more than I could handle during these pseudofestive times. Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock was attractively robust and showed well in the past sips I had gleaned, so I opted for it. Poured in my trusty chalice, the apparent mahogany glow it exuded was attractive but diminished by a rather mundane white layer, fizzing off rapidly. Shortly, its rich and buoyant aroma silenced my skepticism and gloriously released the avalanche of vanilla, juicy oak and brown sugar that I remembered. Cherry, red apple, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar and strawberry quickly followed suit. A noticeable presence of alcohol delineated this potent concoction following to the palate and burgeoning to a rather unpleasant burn. What transpared from the flavor was a dense and syrupy amalgam of cherry, grape, plum, banana and cotton candy, still shielded by continuous ethanol as if it were seen through stained glass. The opulent tones of vanilla and oak continued to satisfy my thirst and thrust the palate in an attempt to overcome the heat. A fascinating brew, but one I would have enjoyed far more with a slightly less alcoholic mordant.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark, murky brown with a thick tan head that is well retained. Aroma is very complex, banana, fruit (cherries and figs), tobacco, brown sugar, and spices. Flavor of caramel, clove, banana, and quite a bit of alcohol. Fortunately, the alcohol serves to cut the sweetness and spiciness, balancing the flavor quite well. An excellent beer, one of my favorites.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A prominent tart plum and raisin alcohol vapor escaped from the bottle as soon as it was uincapped. Even more of the enticing aroma as the contents were pured, and then finally savored from the glass.
Looking at it, I have this thick dark brown beer sitting beneath an inch of tan colored foam. As I hold the glass up, i see the beer is a bit murky, and there are lots of yeast floaties (or more accurately - sinkies) in the glass. A thick layer of brown yeast remains at the bottom of the bottle. Some deep ruby highlights to the beer too. The foam fades quickly, leaving behind no trace, not even lacing. Still, some of the thick liquid clings to the sides of the glass as I sip it.
The fruity tastes that I first detected in the aroma are still quite noticeable in the flavor, but not as sharp or clearly defined. I also taste hot alcohol, with a lightly roasted or smoky malt, and some brown sugar. Nice full body a bit light on the carbonation. More alcohol and some sugary malt in the aftertaste.
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2012 Very similar to the Aventinus, although not quite as smooth. A hearty mouthfeel with a sweet and spicy fruit flavoring.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2007 [bottle] Sweet, smoky aroma of pineapple, dark fruits and caramel, with a bit of alcohol. Appearance is a dark, almost ruby color. Flavors display the classic Aventinus Weizen characteristics, but a bit more frutiness and complexity are present. Mouthfeel is full, slightly slick. One of the most drinkable 12% beers Iíve ever had, yet still packs some real complexity.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky dark brown, with a thin swiling head that fades almost immediately to a very thin ring, leaving behind very little lacing.
Smell; lots of caramel, brown sugar and chocolate malts, with some sweet fruits, such as apples and plums. Thereís some wheat notes, as well as a touch of alcohol in the nose.
Taste; sweet brown sugar, and caramel with a little chocolate stand out up front. After the first couple of sips some of the fruits come out with apples, pears, plums and figs. Thereís more a weizen profile in the taste, with cloves and wheat, plus a very well hidden alcohol presence.
Mouthfeel is rich and full bodied, and very easy to drink for the high abv.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2012 Pours a real cloudy brown. I tried to pour a good head out of this (into my new Aventinus glass no doubt), but all I got was a soda-like temporary bubbly fizz. Aroma was pretty strong on this and very nice, with some grapes, booze and wood. Tastes noticably of caramel and sugar at first, but thereís a lot of dark/dried fruit flavor that comes out soon after. Some more wood, and light vanilla too. Finishes with some alcohol, and a nutty flavor. I detect the yeast coming into the finish, but itís not drying. In fact, I found the finish a bit cloying and the aftertaste slightly off. This beer felt creamy and thick and minimally carbonated, unlike regular Aventinus. Thereís a lot to like about this beer, but I find myself wishing for a different finish. I usually am fine with cloying in a really syrupy beer, but this is not syrupy, so the finish is out of place. Not too far off from a barley wine in fact.
Finally revisted this beer, and man, it was SPOT ON. It was so good in every respect. It still tasted like Aventinus, poured a nice big foam like Aventinus, but had that concentrated quality that made the original so interesting. Nothing bad about the finish or mouthfeel at all! In fact, the carbonation was still on the high side. A weizen-barley wine if you will, and I love it.
EtownEraser (63) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. VINTAGE 2001. I picked up this gem at Super Saver on Oak Tree Rd in Edison (Jan-2007). Good carbonation. It pours to a very drak brown color with an off-white head which disappated rater quickly. A steady flow of bubbles from the bottom of my tulip shaped glass. There are large peices of sediment, however, they did not discourage me. Smells of apples, peaches and berries. It is very smooth on the palatte. I does appear to have lost some of its hop character. The finish leaves tastes of carmel and spice in the mouth.
MaxxDaddy (411) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz. bottle, 2005, #1476. My first eisbock, and what an experience it was. Upon first opening it, I caught a whiff of berries followed by red wine and then the cloves Iím used to from wheat beers. Later on the aroma became more like a port, if I recall port correctly. Simply spectacular from an aroma standpoint. Poured a real dark amber color, but not much head to be found. The taste was also port-like, with dark fruits, caramel, and cloves in the mix. Very slick on the palate and the finish was alcoholic. What did you expect from something 12% ABV? It looks like Iím in the minority here, but I liked this a bit better than the regular Aventinus. This seemed a bit more complex aroma and flavor-wise. The 3 for appearance is mainly because no head formed. My glassware may be to blame for that, but hopefully there will be a re-rate on this one in the future. Best beer Iíve had thus far on my journey into the craft beer world.