beerbill (3600) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
.33 l bottle. 2006. Bottle # 22139. Pours a muddy brown with a light tan head that became a dense film at about mid-glass and lasted until the end. Very nice aroma of caramel, brown sugar, figs and alcohol. The flavor is initially sweet figs, caramel, and a bit of brown sugar, followed by an earthy peat flavor. Some definite alcohol heat at the finish reminiscent of the finish on a sip of scotch whiskey. The heat does not interfere with the other flavors. Dense, almost syrupy mouthfeel. Really good - wish I had another put away!
Subversive (11) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very complex and spiced flavor, with a perfume-like smell. The malts have a roasted flavor, while the hops are very subtle. It also had a sweetness that is hard to describe. A heavier beer, but wonderful all on its own.
glennmastrange (2604) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Malts have moderate notes of dark bread and toasted, hops have a light perfume and herb smell, and yeast has a moderate to heavy barnyard, musty and earthy smell to it, with brown sugar, dates and alcohol. Head is large, frothy, off white, has fair lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is hazy brown. Flavor starts moderateky sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and very lightly bitter. Palate is medium, creamy and has a lively carbonation. It finishes lightly alcoholic. A bold beer with nice wheaty/yeasty overtones.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a mahogany colour with a thin off white head. Fruity plum and alc. tones.
Flavour was sticky, with an initial jagged bite that rounds off into sweetness and lingering malt and dark fruit.
Better with every sip.
valpoaj (710) - 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 don’t taste so alcoholic). That being said, I enjoy a good alcoholic beverage, and this would be an enjoyable bock in my world!
dmac (5282) - 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 Can’t believe this beer isn’t 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 world’s 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 (3183) - 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.