SDalkoholic (2141) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle:(2004/ 18649) Strong presence of alcohol in the nose and trace of malt. A light brown color with no head and huge white globs of protein floating about in the glass. I didnít expect it to be this old since the bottle does say it was bottled in 2004. A very similar resemblance to a Belgian strong ale and its characterisitics. A buxom spice flavor of different varieties such as clove and ginger behind a european yeast and a sweet malt flavor. Alcohol is also noticeable and gives a slight punch. Not bad if this stuff was fresh, but i could imagine this would be a excellent beer to have a session with.
dwyerpg (4508) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 28, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This smells and looks fantastic. Taste is very similar to the regular Aventinus, just much more powerful. Full of alcohol and spiciness. Top notch.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
foamy tannish white head that went quickly. color is brownish midnight ruby, with no haze, and fizz up the center. banana aroma, slightly sour wheat too. very high carbonation pauses the flavor. the mouthfeel is so fizzy and foamy that it takes a little while, but first taste is alcohol heat. strong powerful dry malt that carries lots of alcohol flavor, a little bit like cognac in the finish. good for the harsh nights of winter, but stick with the "non Eis" version during the rest of the year!
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep mahogany color with very little head and some sediment. Aroma is of port, light roast and some licorice notes and some fading banana. Sweet brown sugar, some clove, plums surface near the finish. some light cocoa as well. Finish is bit hot.
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2005 (Bottle 33 cl) Bottle # 060899. Dark brown getting darker the closer you get to the bottom of the bottle. Tall, light brown head that fades pretty fast. This beer not only has a sediment, it has huge lumps of yeast whick takes a long time to settle. A nose like port wine or perhaps even cognac? Extremely powerful and full-bodied with an extremely tense and complex aroma, where everything seems to be concentrated. Very sweet and thick fluid - almost has a hard time getting out of the bottle! A truly world classic like for instance "Samiclaus". Excellent! But one bottle is plenty.... 290405
GonZoBeeR (2906) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance:Hazy brown-orange with chunk of yeast,small head....
Flavor:Alcohol and malt caramel....
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep brown with golden tints around the edges with a thick frothy tan head. Lacy. Some fizz. Smells of wheat malt and ripe banana. Light cloves and light caramel. Yeasty.
Big alcohol up front. Smooths into malty wheat and really yeasty. Spicy. Cloves shoine through and banana not as evident. Rich maltiness throughout. Rich malty aftertaste that lingers sticky on the palate. The bit of alcohol burn in this one brings down the drinkability but still a nice beer. Happy to cellar the others for now.
ALLOVATE (2356) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted, this one the youngest of six(050617), late on a cold Sunday night. Became the perfect relaxant as itís subtle, but warming alcohol kicked in and calmed my body like an elixir. Poured it into an Aventinus glass, an off white ring of bubbles did little to raise any head, giving hint to itís brandy like qualities. Heavy yeast clumps floated about a very hazy ruby-brown body. Sumptuous, but intense caramelised sugars in the aroma, generously spicy alcohol phenols, yeast and concentrated toffee notes like a sweet pudding dessert. Similar in the mouth as it rounded the gums and sought out the crevices with itís mild port and brandy-like flavours. Very smooth and medium big bodied, most of the malty sweet flavours came across as almost concentrated and hard to define. Notes of plums, burnt toffee, molasses and bready yeast, and spicy fruitcake blended uniformly, and followed long into itís warming alcohol and sweet malt swallow. Personally, I did not find it as complex as the Weizenbock, but in a completely different field, this is a lovely íbig-beerí and a credit to this brewery.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fantastic beer. Foam pushed right out of the bottle when I took the cap off. Lively, audibly fizzing for several minutes as the head worked its way down so it was at a reasonable height to resume the tasting. Modest medium brown in color. Aroma is pepper, anise, nutmeg, bananas and hazelnut. Perfectly delicious. Flavor follows through in like fashion - bananas, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and pepper complexity. Malts are superstars - mainly caramel and chocolate. Smooth body. Iíd like it a little creamier and heavier, and it lost some carbonation fairly early on, so thatís why Iím knocking it down a point for each in the "palate" category, and taking one off in its "overall" score. Warming finish at the back of the throat. Cinnamon crumb cake aftertaste. This beer has the potential to some day be perfect.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 09297, 2002. Pours a very dark cloudy brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruits, clove, banana and pear. Very sweet, tart and fruity. Notes of plums, figs, caramel, molasses, apple, banana, clove, roasted malt, chocolate and smoke. Pretty complex. Some alcohol detected in the finish. Medium body, smooth texture and moderate carbonation. No lacing or head retention. Overall, good stuff but a little too much on the sweet side for me.