slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing aromas of bread and dark fruit upon opening. No head, a few lasting bubbles. There is some burn here, but besides that this is a SOLID beer... that looks like shit, by the way. Pond water-esk. Fruity and spicy. bottled. Brawleys in Charlotte, NC
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - FEB 24, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Like the regular stuff, but a little bit better in my opinion. Aroma is not quite as nice, very pungent, over ripened and fermented grape juice. flavor and mouth feel were awesome. grape, raisin, pear with roasted malt and some hitns of alcohol. very good.
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One word: Gorgeous! Held up to a light this Eisbock is a very dark clear amber color. It is highly carbonated with the yeast that poured into the glass riding the bubbles up and then falling down from the top. It is hard to see from one side of the glass to the other because of the bubbles. This guy formed a nice 1 inch creamy white head that lasted a bit and then was gone. No lacing to be seen, head is gone, but yet the bubbles. A very inviting brew is this one!
Oh, man! What an aroma. Fruity, bready, begs you to drink it. Even though this is 12% ABV you sure canít smell it.
The taste is of bananas, plums, sweet caramel and with undertones that hint at the 12%. (You canít hide 12% forever.) This is one of the best things that has ever entered my mouth. It has a medium to full body and is very smooth. To date this is my favorite brew!
Zeswaft (1379) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Figgy, dark fruit aroma, and a little bit of alcohol. Pours out dark ruby almost purple. Head is dark tan and very fizzy then totally disappears. Taste is a let down. Whereas the normal Aventinus was full bodied, sweet and nutty, this is monstrously alcoholic, watery, and only hints and the nut. Alcohol is too overwhelming. I think itís a pretty cool experiment to try both of the Aventinuses but the eisbock is definitely inferior.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, what a pungent beer. Has a very sharp fruity sweet aroma. This is one of those beers that I know is gonna be a kick in the ass before I drink it. Quite a complex flavor. Has a very thick and full mouthfeel and you can certainly tell its got the alcohol in there, but i would have to say that for a 12% it is suprisingly balanced. The large amount of alcohol is balanced by a fruitly malty sweetness that is quite strong. Has dark fruit flavors like raisins. A very slow sipper. Not something I would drink every day, but definitly a great beer when you want something complex and strong.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - FEB 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours a murky brown color. Sweet aroma with some dark fruit notes. Sweet and syrupy with tons of alcohol.
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Number 013179
This beer pours like a dark cola-product with a head that fizzes away in mere seconds. A dark, garnet body holds light effervescence but also hides large chunks of particulate within the depths of its darkness. Aroma is alcohol and molasses with dark fruit and a hint of banana with a sharp, metallic note that comes in through the mouth. This beerís presence is rather muggy (hot & sticky) with rich malts, thick cherry juice and crisp spicing. Some unseen prickly carbonation carries the alcohol to all the nooks and crannies of your mouth and sinuses. Whoo... nice. Flavorful and full-bodied, this beer did not quite come across "complex" as described, but I would say that itís "intoxicatingly delicious."
I would advise my buddy Gene to stay away from this one because he tends to have a <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/avery-the-mahara time with higher alcohol beers.
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Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep amber mahagony with lots of yeast floaties and a thin white lasting head. Very complex spicy yeasty aroma with lots of caramel, spices, banana, clove, more frutiy esters, apple, pear. Flavor has tons of caramel wheat, munich and a bit of chocolate malt, fruity complex esters, more plum banana etc. Smooth yeastiness, wheat and a long sweet finish. Not cloying , just complex as hell. Awesome beer. This is pretty much the exemplary beer of the style.
asheft (2544) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle from Tullyís]
Cloudy dark brown with little black flecks. Clove which changed to banana aroma as the beer warmed, mingling nicely with potent pumpernickel malt, reminiscent of the 2001 Two Brothers Weiss Wine. Flavour is also like that Weiss Wine: rich and toasty and spicy malt with some mild sourness from wheat. Banana and a little clove follow it up with a healthy dose of alcohol. Full body, warming, moderate carbonation, and a lasting estery finish along with an almost sticky sweetness. Excellent.
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Thanks to JIMBOWOOD. Pours a very hazy, murky garnet brown color with no head. You definitely notice the carbonation. The aroma is of molasses, raisins, alcohol, caramel, sweet malts. The aroma is huge with different notes, truly amazing. Flavor is huge with notes of chocolate, prunes, sweet malt and nutty/toffee hints. Flavor finishes with a smooth warming alcohol. Full bodied. My god, this is a wonderful beer. I must have more.