Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Positively loads of yeast ... great big globules and hunks of the stuff. Nice murky brown color. The aroma is loaded with bubble gum and grape Koolaid. Tons of maltiness, some astingency from the yeast, overbalanced towards the sweet end, the alcohol isn’t perceptible. This is a beer that I enjoy in spite of me.
temporrari (381) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark amber, almost no head. aroma doesnt get you excited, but the flavor makes up for that with malty sweetness and some complexity. very smooth for the ABV. Nice beer, a bit overpriced.
PhillyBeer2112 (2522) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Worrisome aroma of smoke and green olives, though all very mild with the aroma virtually non-existant.. I happily discovered, though, that the flavor wasn’t lacking - instead it was backed up with plenty of malt. Strong full body, sweet toffeeish Munichy bocky malts. Rich and smooth, really good stuff. Weizen esters are buried though. Aroma begins to fuill out as it warms but still the beer is at its best at moderately cool temps sufficient to restrain the huge malts. Dark reddish-brown, head faded quickly.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at the Maproom. This Bock reaches belgian complexities. Chocolate, prune and roasted nuts turn quickly from liquid to ethereal fume in the mouth and nose. The alcohol is leveraged expertly to give this an aromatic quality. A great "reeses peanut butter cup discovery" story on the label.
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2006 Dark brown color, sweet spicy aroma, sweet spicy alcoholic taste, full body, heavy alcoholic finish. To much alcohol taste, but ok. 6-4-5-3-10
Bottle, between 1 and 2 years old. Orange brown colour with a big tan head. Light sweet caramel malty, dark fruits aroma and taste, light alcoholic.Medium to full body with a sweet light dry, light warming finish.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vigorous carbonation, pours with a huge head but it dissipates to nothing. Large yeast particles als circulate constantly. Strong sweet aroma of plums and some alcohol. Sweet, malty chocolate and fruit taste. There is an alcoholic hit at the very last second. Good but not nearly as good as the regular Aventinus.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown Coloring....Little Hazy From All the Yeast...Let This One Sit for a Few Minutes. Good Brown/Sandy Head..Quickly Diminishing. Barley Aroma...Woody, Raisin and Spice Notes. With Such a Wonderful Aroma, The Taste Does Not Disapoint. Barley, But Not Overpowering...Fruit..Raisin/Plums are Notable. Alcohol Creeps in And Slowly Warms You. ..Giving the Beer Time to Settle for a Few Minutes More..the Alcohol Seems a More Dominant Force on The Palate...Forcing You to Slowly Enjoy This One :)
Complex Beer, Yet Balanced, Strong and Seductive in the Way That you Want to Delve Farther Into the Flavors That Make up this Wonderful Beer! Definitly Worth Trying and Storing.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - AUG 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
caramel and maple aroma. thick syrup mouthfeel. flavor begins sweet and explosive with pear and apple hints. ends spicy and alcoholy.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 OK, this was great, sort of like an Aventinus with the water taken out. Wonderful taste, nose, and mouth feel, virtually no head. Can’t deal with more than a couple of ounces at a time, though. Same intensity of flavors as a barley wine, sure, but none of the cloying bubble gummy sweetness. Yeah, raisins and sweet spice like a winter stout, huge mouthfeel, you know the alcohol is there but there is none of the heat or burn of alcohol ... wonderfully masked by the intensity of the malt. So is it better than an Aventinus? It sure is not as useful as an Aventinus ... this is sort of "take half a beer and call me in the morning" beer, not beer and wurst or beer and pizza beer. // As good as the first sip tastes, this one saturates all too quickly and you can’t imagine having another one for months to come. A wonderful wonderful beer and I gave my last couple away.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2005 From the bottle at Yeoman’s Road Pub in Tampa. Wow. My first Eisbock. This was great. Smelled of raisins and allspice. Poured a dark burnt caramel color. No head at all even when i tried to tease one out. My first sip left me thinking of a barley wine then that second set of flavors came through and I tasted raisins and spices that were like a sweet stout or Baltic porter. The finish was clean with only lingering sweetness. I couldn’t taste a single lick of alcohol which is freaking insane for 11%
Mouthfeel was great. Silky and substantial.
I LOVE Eisbocks. I almost hope this is the worst example of an Eisbock cause then I have a lot to look forward to.