mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown appearance with a very thin head. Strong aroma of malty and sweet fruit notes (I can never tell if they’re dates, prunes, figs...). Flavor strong with the same sweet fruity flavors but balanced out by minor toffee and bread on my palate. Excellent beer overall for a style that doesn’t get much love. Fabulous beer for a cold winter day. The higher alcohol content warms you from within, just like a glass of brandy (only this is more fun to drink!).
holdenn (2101) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled at Schneider bar next to the Hofbrahaus in Munich. Enjoyed this during the beer tour while my wife and I talked to some Australian guys. Pours a slightly hazed brown with ruby tints. Alcohol is strong in the nose. With malty prunes, tar, and dark fruit. Sweet flavors of carmel, licorice, toffee, tar, bread, and dark fruit. The alcohol and licorice are rather strong on the tongue but a tasty beer.
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
5/30/05. 330ml. bottled 2004. Dark brown with small creamy head. Thick sweet malt aroma. Very thick palate with sharp smoky taste. A little too viscous with too much alcohol present.
pivnizub (9861) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - OCT 18, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Hazy, amber coloured, sweet , dark-malty, caramelly, a bit alcoholic nose with a tinge of molasses, small and stable off-white creamy head; very solid sweet flavour, full bodied; warming, german Christstollen-like finish with a tinge of brandy and almonds. Interesting, but very demanding..........
IslandHaole (1201) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - OCT 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Recived this two years ago as a gift from Kiuchi-san of Hitachino Nest Beer! Bottle # 034100. Mar 2005-
A dark murky brown, plenty of sediment. Scent of canned prunes, sweet with a hint of teriyaki sauce.
Sweet flavor, loads of candied fruit, like you’d find in a fruitcake, in fact with the slight grainy taste and the warming alcohol, this is quite similar to fruitcake.
I do like my beers big & thick and this is certainly both of those but I do like the "original" better.
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, unclear with frightening sediment. Powerful aroma, alchohol, fruitiness and raisins. Full bodied. Very sweet on the palate, raisins are the most dominent flavour, spice and berries, some banana. Strong and pleasant trace of warming alcohol on the finish, which grew consideribly as the beer approached room temp. A complex and interesting beer, although its individual componants are all great it doesn’t seem to marry perfectly for me. Still very nice though.
BenRod (48) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted at the brewery from the bottle. I really like the appearance of this beer when it is poured. It has a nice, thick look to it, and it doesn’t disappoint. It is very dark with a light tan head. The aroma is strong with dark caramel. The flavor is very strong, with caramel, chocolate, and all manner of dark maltiness, with a very lasting finish.
petzdrgonizbk (24) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! Very nice! I wish I had a few more! It pours a dark brown with a thin creamy head, with a nice fruity aroma. It had a sweet fruity taste that semed to linger. This beer packs a punch. I tried it at about 50 degrees.
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 Pours a muddled brown and nourishing-looking with all that sediment. Interesting beer with plenty of character. Can be dangerously potent. However, the alcohol is detectable so more than one might not be appealing. Uber-malty nose. Also lactic acid. Worstershire and/or soya sauce. Caramel flavors. Maybe even a hint of condensed milk. Strong and sweet, but good. Mellow and warming.
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby brown/black, solid head. Spicy menthol, mint, licorice clove and almost earthy/flowery root beer aroma and flavor as well. The aroma and flavors have a mysterious ginger quality which is accentuated by the presence of alcohol. While I prefer the other Aventinus more, this brew is unique worth trying.