tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium brown & murky color. Aroma of bananas. Yeasty chewy body, with tons of malt and wheat flavor and a crisp finish. Doesnít taste like 12% either. Very good.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
In the bottle at the Crescent Moon Alehouse. Pours a dark, dark brown with a rapidly diminishing white head. Strong molasses aroma. Smells like my brewing malt extract syrup. First sip essentially fixed my esophageal epithelia. About the strongest burning sensation that I believe Iíve had in a while. Once you get desensitized to that, you begin to enjoy the incredible pleasures of this concentrated weizen. As chewey as a pork chop, the overwhelming sweetness hides a serious hop content. Iíve got to try to make one of these!
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - MAR 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is bottle-conditioned so be very careful pouring. It yields a medium brown liquid with a small tan head. The head dissipates quickly leaving almost no lacing. I didnít know it was bottle-conditioned so I got lots of floaties too ... not very appealing to look at. The aroma, on the other hand, is quite appealing. There are notes of banana, dried dates, sweet malt, and molasses ... this all underpinned by alcohol. WOW!! The flavor is HUGE but at the same time, very smooth. The dried sweet fruit and malt come through strong initially and last throughout. The middle begins to warm with alcohol and the finish is smooth and satisfying with very little bitterness.
Kevin (2037) - Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 #11194. brown murky pour with a tan head. aroma is alcohol and strong pepper. taste is yeasty alcohol with some wheaty goodness and paprika and grape jam mixed in. warming with some wood notes. rich and yummy.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle-2004 #11194. Grape, sweet, brown sugar, alcohol, raisins, very vinous and port like. Sticky.
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2007 A real winner in the high alcohol arena, the alcohol is quite well hidden when the beer is chilled, but if served warm is somewhat unpleasant. Quite rich and complex, almost velvety body. A lot of fruit in the taste.
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2005 Great aroma - I got a grape/apple/nutty scent. The tast follows accordingly. Creamy and moist. Full, sweet taste with hints of the grape/nut present. You can really tast the warm mixture of flavors. Alcohol is present, but it is extremely well balanced with the other flavors. Excellent finish - smooth and bold. [$3.39/12oz]
highlandlad (1402) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2005 After a couple of weeks in tasting hell (Floris Chocolat, Matilda Bay Bohemian Pilzner), I canít tell you how much I looked forward to this. It didnít disappoint. Poured a leathery colour with plenty of chunky sedimentation. 3cm fizzy tan head with a little cinnamon-coloured sediment on top. Settled disappointingly quickly with no lace. Very fizzy-looking. Wonderfully rich Aventinus aroma of burnt toffee, cloves, faint wheat and young Australian shiraz (syrah). Thick, syrupy body with sweet raisiny fruit at the front of the mouth, some spice in the middle and an almighty slug of port-like alcohol in the finish that you feel, as much as taste. The only negative IMO is a slight phenolic taint to the finish, probably due to the high abv. The Eisbock is thoroughly admirable but for me, the standard Aventinus is better balanced.
(Bottle purchased Feb 2005, #45517)
presario (4533) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
High alcohol and caramel aroma. Mixed brown colour. Almost no head but some lacing. Alcohol and toffee finish. Chocolate liquer and sugar flavour. Sweet alcohol, caramel, chocolate, spice, cinamon and burnt sugar.
mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 ozer on a cool night. thought iíd sum it up instead of describe it. this kicks butt, however, being in the south i couldnít drink this everyday.