GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 oz bottle at Federal in Durham, NC. Bottle conditioned. Served in a tall 0.5 L Aventinus glass. Hazy brown Mississippi river water color with foamy tan head. Rich aroma full of bananas, cloves, and alcohol. Flavor is similar. Tangy sweet up front with a hint of chocolate in the finish.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2007 To say the least this beer is extremely interesting; kind of like an eisbock, a weizenbock, and a dark blegium ale all in one. Poured cola-like with a dark brown-ruby color and a fizzy small head which quickly diminishes to nothing. Nose of plum, banana esters, slight cloves, and maybe some anise. The palate is thick and chewy, but still with a lively bit of carbonation. The taste asks to be sipped with its potency. Flavors include plum, sweet carmel, slight chocolate, raisin, banana, and maybe even a cherry flavor with the alcohol sitting in the background. Bitterness non-existent. Very long, sweet, chewy finish. Overall, impressive and complex and truly like nothing else you might ever taste.
thewolf (11555) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sweet fruity smell with undertones of alcohol. Small head. Great ruby-red colour. Strong taste that is not as alcoholic as could have been feared. A sweetness in the aftertaste that enhances overall feeling.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing aromas of bread and dark fruit upon opening. No head, a few lasting bubbles. There is some burn here, but besides that this is a SOLID beer... that looks like shit, by the way. Pond water-esk. Fruity and spicy. bottled. Brawleys in Charlotte, NC
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - FEB 24, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Like the regular stuff, but a little bit better in my opinion. Aroma is not quite as nice, very pungent, over ripened and fermented grape juice. flavor and mouth feel were awesome. grape, raisin, pear with roasted malt and some hitns of alcohol. very good.
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One word: Gorgeous! Held up to a light this Eisbock is a very dark clear amber color. It is highly carbonated with the yeast that poured into the glass riding the bubbles up and then falling down from the top. It is hard to see from one side of the glass to the other because of the bubbles. This guy formed a nice 1 inch creamy white head that lasted a bit and then was gone. No lacing to be seen, head is gone, but yet the bubbles. A very inviting brew is this one!
Oh, man! What an aroma. Fruity, bready, begs you to drink it. Even though this is 12% ABV you sure canít smell it.
The taste is of bananas, plums, sweet caramel and with undertones that hint at the 12%. (You canít hide 12% forever.) This is one of the best things that has ever entered my mouth. It has a medium to full body and is very smooth. To date this is my favorite brew!
Zeswaft (1481) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Figgy, dark fruit aroma, and a little bit of alcohol. Pours out dark ruby almost purple. Head is dark tan and very fizzy then totally disappears. Taste is a let down. Whereas the normal Aventinus was full bodied, sweet and nutty, this is monstrously alcoholic, watery, and only hints and the nut. Alcohol is too overwhelming. I think itís a pretty cool experiment to try both of the Aventinuses but the eisbock is definitely inferior.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, what a pungent beer. Has a very sharp fruity sweet aroma. This is one of those beers that I know is gonna be a kick in the ass before I drink it. Quite a complex flavor. Has a very thick and full mouthfeel and you can certainly tell its got the alcohol in there, but i would have to say that for a 12% it is suprisingly balanced. The large amount of alcohol is balanced by a fruitly malty sweetness that is quite strong. Has dark fruit flavors like raisins. A very slow sipper. Not something I would drink every day, but definitly a great beer when you want something complex and strong.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - FEB 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours a murky brown color. Sweet aroma with some dark fruit notes. Sweet and syrupy with tons of alcohol.
frankenkitty (1981) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Number 013179
This beer pours like a dark cola-product with a head that fizzes away in mere seconds. A dark, garnet body holds light effervescence but also hides large chunks of particulate within the depths of its darkness. Aroma is alcohol and molasses with dark fruit and a hint of banana with a sharp, metallic note that comes in through the mouth. This beerís presence is rather muggy (hot & sticky) with rich malts, thick cherry juice and crisp spicing. Some unseen prickly carbonation carries the alcohol to all the nooks and crannies of your mouth and sinuses. Whoo... nice. Flavorful and full-bodied, this beer did not quite come across "complex" as described, but I would say that itís "intoxicatingly delicious."
I would advise my buddy Gene to stay away from this one because he tends to have a <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/avery-the-mahara time with higher alcohol beers.
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