eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
as you would expect, a thicker, more intense and much more obviously alcoholic version - aventinus concentrate. really full-on salty, estery, chocolatey, rummy flavours and aromas + that fat sweet taste of pure alcohol in the finish. pretty hard to drink, but i gotta give it marks for big flavour.
OlJuntan64 (1266) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky red brown with large but quickly dissipating cola-like-bubbled beige head. Strong but pleasant esters, bready yeast n malt aroma, Luscious smooth quite low carb body. Big fruity wheaty malt flavours. High alcohol is very well masked. As others have said, this one is not as fully entertaining as the straight Aventinus but nevertheless a very nice winter warmer.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The foreboding look and aroma of this beer is not let down by its fat mouthfeel and warmth going down. Bananas and cloves are evident and the aftertaste is pleasant and not too cloying. The Aussie label says that this is 3.1 standard drinks, so one of these and you are catching the cab home. This is a real winter warmer, Cascade brewery take note.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enormous banana bouquet, yeast, malt, caramel and spicey aromas. Auburn colour, very small, tight toffee head, with plenty carbonation. Intense banana flavour, very malty, yeast and clove taste as well. Alcohol is present, but not overly so, malty aftertaste. Full bodied, rich texture, an extremely warming beer. Top notch!
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2003 Nice sweet wheat aroma, Color is a dark clowded brown. Got a good deal of cream head with it. Flavor is a nice and rather sweet and quite smooth.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a deep amber brown body topped by a medium thick off white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Slightly sweet yet sour fruity (banana?)aroma with some alcohol and a touch of yeastiness. Slightly sweet malt flavor with notes of clove, banana and yeast with a strong alcohol presence. Full bodied, almost numbing on the tongue and very warming.
sloth (2340) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tan head, short lived. Comes right back with a slight swirl, purty. Big fruity nose with some licorice and tobacco notes. Creamy mouthfeel, med/full body. Slick on the tongue. Some bananna flavors as well as some bready, grainy notes, some chocolate and vinous flavors also. The 11% alc. is well hidden. Damn nice brew! Gotta get some to lay down.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich, creamy, complex. Beautiful/thick/lasting head. Chocolate aroma somehow, along with spiced apples and a bit of banana. Raisin and currant flavors reminded me of (tasty) dark fruitcake. Slight alcohol edge of the rum-soaked fruitcake that my Baptist grandmother speaks longingly of.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUN 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 Vintage: Bottle #14727
Dark, muddy, murky brown color. The head began as large (big bubbles) and beige, and quickly diminished into nothing. Definitely banana in the nose...some alcohol, spiced apples, sugary malt. The flavor was very sweet, apples, bready, acidic, banana, alcohol in the aftertaste. Soft feel, thick, very wet finish.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
magnificent product in it's dapper purple pinstripe bottle. cloudy yellow-chestnut, a crumbled civilization of yeast drifting within. head is too wet to lace but ebbs and sags to a small sparrow-tan colored ring. aroma of banana bread with sweet buttery raisin pear filling, clean smelling and emanating great strength. gentle with holiday spices, prodigious potency, apple in dank noble rot, silky carbonation and enough bitterness to preclude runaway sweetness. flavors combine like a baked dessert with a warming sauce of rum soaked raisins and a squeeze of lemon. a pinacle creation among weizens.