BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2007 [bottle] Sweet, smoky aroma of pineapple, dark fruits and caramel, with a bit of alcohol. Appearance is a dark, almost ruby color. Flavors display the classic Aventinus Weizen characteristics, but a bit more frutiness and complexity are present. Mouthfeel is full, slightly slick. One of the most drinkable 12% beers Iíve ever had, yet still packs some real complexity.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky dark brown, with a thin swiling head that fades almost immediately to a very thin ring, leaving behind very little lacing.
Smell; lots of caramel, brown sugar and chocolate malts, with some sweet fruits, such as apples and plums. Thereís some wheat notes, as well as a touch of alcohol in the nose.
Taste; sweet brown sugar, and caramel with a little chocolate stand out up front. After the first couple of sips some of the fruits come out with apples, pears, plums and figs. Thereís more a weizen profile in the taste, with cloves and wheat, plus a very well hidden alcohol presence.
Mouthfeel is rich and full bodied, and very easy to drink for the high abv.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2012 Pours a real cloudy brown. I tried to pour a good head out of this (into my new Aventinus glass no doubt), but all I got was a soda-like temporary bubbly fizz. Aroma was pretty strong on this and very nice, with some grapes, booze and wood. Tastes noticably of caramel and sugar at first, but thereís a lot of dark/dried fruit flavor that comes out soon after. Some more wood, and light vanilla too. Finishes with some alcohol, and a nutty flavor. I detect the yeast coming into the finish, but itís not drying. In fact, I found the finish a bit cloying and the aftertaste slightly off. This beer felt creamy and thick and minimally carbonated, unlike regular Aventinus. Thereís a lot to like about this beer, but I find myself wishing for a different finish. I usually am fine with cloying in a really syrupy beer, but this is not syrupy, so the finish is out of place. Not too far off from a barley wine in fact.
Finally revisted this beer, and man, it was SPOT ON. It was so good in every respect. It still tasted like Aventinus, poured a nice big foam like Aventinus, but had that concentrated quality that made the original so interesting. Nothing bad about the finish or mouthfeel at all! In fact, the carbonation was still on the high side. A weizen-barley wine if you will, and I love it.
EtownEraser (63) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. VINTAGE 2001. I picked up this gem at Super Saver on Oak Tree Rd in Edison (Jan-2007). Good carbonation. It pours to a very drak brown color with an off-white head which disappated rater quickly. A steady flow of bubbles from the bottom of my tulip shaped glass. There are large peices of sediment, however, they did not discourage me. Smells of apples, peaches and berries. It is very smooth on the palatte. I does appear to have lost some of its hop character. The finish leaves tastes of carmel and spice in the mouth.
MaxxDaddy (413) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz. bottle, 2005, #1476. My first eisbock, and what an experience it was. Upon first opening it, I caught a whiff of berries followed by red wine and then the cloves Iím used to from wheat beers. Later on the aroma became more like a port, if I recall port correctly. Simply spectacular from an aroma standpoint. Poured a real dark amber color, but not much head to be found. The taste was also port-like, with dark fruits, caramel, and cloves in the mix. Very slick on the palate and the finish was alcoholic. What did you expect from something 12% ABV? It looks like Iím in the minority here, but I liked this a bit better than the regular Aventinus. This seemed a bit more complex aroma and flavor-wise. The 3 for appearance is mainly because no head formed. My glassware may be to blame for that, but hopefully there will be a re-rate on this one in the future. Best beer Iíve had thus far on my journey into the craft beer world.
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brownish amber pour with lots of particulates topped by a thin and quickly disapating head. Malty estery sweet aroma. Thick syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet taste with pleasing maple and estery notes. High abv well hidden throughout. An excellent brew.
AgentGobshite (25) - peachland, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
this is one heavy, heavy bastard! this is a slow drinker, but soo good, I couldnít believe it was 12%
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #10092 Pours a dark caramel brown, with a nice medium sized head that looks like a cinnamon topped latte. The aroma is that of banana, tofee, fig, and a little alcohol burn. The beer has a slight effervesence, with a good alchohol kick along with some nice malty sweeteness. The estery flavors of the Aventinus come through, but the alchohol quickely consumes it. You can definately pick up the alcohol with this beer, but it is still better masked than most wheat wines I have had. Definately worht a try, but I remember liking it more on tap.
swoopjones (6864) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Coles. Buffalo NY. Actually had this before Aventinus. Geart looking beer. Very intense beer with fruits & alcohol. Aventinus on sterorids. Good for 12oz but seek medical attention if you cross the line. Glad iíve had it but like Aventinus better.
Maria (10191) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle No. 055491. The head is very modest on this almost black wheat eisbock. The aroma is fullbodied and intense with notes of dark fruits, nuts and alcohol. The mouthfeel is oily and the flavour is intense. Itís sweet with notes of allspice, dark fruits, raisins, sherry, wheat and alcohol. Nice, but I prefer the "original" Aventinus...