valpoaj (706) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky brown pour with about a 10 second, highly carbonated head. Intense aroma is heavy on alcohol, but also has accents of brown sugar and dark fruit. Flavor is pretty hot, but good nevertheless. Syrupy sweet up front, I felt like I was almost drinking sugar. Palate is syrupy and thick as well. Nice fruity flavors underneath, the alcohol is extremely evident in this brew (yes, I know its 12%, but other brews of comparable ABV donít taste so alcoholic). That being said, I enjoy a good alcoholic beverage, and this would be an enjoyable bock in my world!
dmac (5174) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a clear deep chestnut bronw with an initial bubbly off white head that settles to a smooth creamy slick. very nice aroma of raisins, figs, brown sugar and slight alcohol. Very dry palate with lots of carbonation and alcohol warming. Big time alcohol flavor with some less noticable dark fruit and slightly sweet. Nice beer that is worth trying.
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2008 Canít believe this beer isnít rated higher. It is a super sweet and complex beer. Tons of dark dried fruit that tastes candied. Brown sugar and wine are prevalent flavors of this beer because it is so alcoholic. Fantastic brew.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Gotta say this is one of the worldís best. A lot of sugary/caramel/toffee nose. Fair amount of head but a deep red/amber hue in the glass. Translucent. Taste is big on spiciness. Cardamon, cinnamon, allspice, cloves...with no added spice - truly exceptional. Explodes in the mouth, , but finishes clear and easy. Strength of alcohol does heat it up a bit on the palate. wonderful
LinusStick (3137) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Blah..A bigger beer is not always better. I am not a huge fan of eisbocks and this brings out the worst of the style in my opinion. Aroma was big...strong malt character with a bit of light fruit. Pour was a thick dark orange with no movement and no head. Taste was hot and alcholic (not suprisingly) with heavy malt and spices and strong fruitiness. Little carbonation and goes down heavy. The regular Aventinus is 100% better.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2008 Single bottle from Bev Mo Carmel Mountain. Pours a deep rusty brown with a small off white head. Great aroma of of dark and dried fruits. Rich malty flavor, a great brew.
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very strong beer that is syrup like. Good color and scent. Not my style of brew. Couldnít appreciate it like others.
Muggus69 (1867) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Biggups to my mate for getting me a bottle of this which he randomly found in a bottleo. Batch 2005/12081. Big rich aroma; dark plum, raisin, rich toffee, apple, clove, vinous dark cherry nuances, vanilla, chocolate and lightly roasted malts, aged dried fruit characteristics, hit of alcohol, fantastic really. Pours a viscous deep amber body with a collar of off-white lace, leaving legs on the glass. Texture is amazing, creamy carbonation, like silk over the tongue, slightly surup-like at times but carries the abv tremendously. Flavour is merely an extension of the aroma; baked apple, sherry, dark chocolate and vanilla, clove and cinnamon, muscat-like raisin, licorice, some citrus tang, I could go on and on and on, but the point is, itís unbelievably tasty. Ridiculously long finish, slightly sweet yet with a tartness and dryness. I have to say, iím a virgin to the style, but iíve been seduced already!
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 330 ml bottle from a trade with hogtownharry. pours very dark brown with no head. good carbonation. aromas very similar to regular aventinus. dark fruits, yeast, and spice dominate. very complex flavours but nothing much different then regular aventinus. let this one warm almost to room temp if you wanna let it shine. oh and the 12% abv was not detectable by aroma or taste but i felt it half way down the glass and I was smiling like a 17 yr old boy at a tittybar by the time i was done.
obguthr (5264) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Expected banana and clove aroma with a pronounced metallic quality, very tinny. Cloudy brown pour with a slowly growing thick head. Full bodied, yeasty taste of currants and cloves. Cabbage finish that sets it off pretty well. Well concealed alcohol. A very drinkable bock.