beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(12.28.05) 11.2 oz brown bottle purchased from DiCarlo Wine and Spirits (formerly Armanetti’s), Mundelein, IL. Bottle number 050234. Clear brown doppelbock having a tiny diminishing white head with spare lacing. No discernable carbonation. Light sweet malt and toffee aromas. Full bodied with light syrupy oily texture. Starts with rich light sweet malt and toffee candy flavor. Finishes with pleasant malt aftertaste. Though sweet and thick, this beer is not cloying at all. An outstanding dessert beer to be savored alone (no food).
Tmoney99 (11711) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a reddish brown with a spare heaad that diminished quickly. Heavy port and sweet aroma with a small alcohol tone. Medium to full body with a sticky texture. Heavy sweet small bitter flavor with a long finish. Eisbock’s are always interesting to sample.
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, rich, complex flavors--sour wheat, sweet choclately malt, nutmeg, and a taste like the chicory-coffee from N.O. that I love. Warming and sweet, great with dessert or as dessert. Long comlex bitter-sweet finish.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin fully diminishing white head on a brown body. Spiced malt aroma. A spicy but slightly sour flavor.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice orange scent for this beer. Brown in color with a smooth forming head. Nice spices (almost like eggnog) are in this beer making for a very enjoyable night.
GregClow (2961) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo. Rating #1100! I was hoping to hit this on New Year’s Eve, but I was sick through some of the holidays, so that set my schedule back a bit. Ah, well, this was worth the wait. Murky reddish-brown with a small head and a very still body. Absolutely fantastic aroma with notes of dark pumpernickel bread, cherries, chicory, sweet malt and rich port. Smooth, soft mouthfeel. Flavour is not complex as the aroma suggests, but it’s still a nice combination of the yeasty/bready character and dark, rich fruit notes, with some alcohol warmth & dryness in the finish. It’s not the go-to beer that regular Aventinus is to me, but it’s still a very nice treat that I hope to enjoy again at some point.
OldMrCrow (2119) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle.
Pours a full rich dark brown with a limiited head. The aroma is plum with a hint of chocolate; the flavor is a surprisingly sweet blend of fruit, rich roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and sherry. The mouthfeel is exceptionally full and rich, but the 12% is well-hidden beneath layers of flavor and complexity. While I’m not typically drawn to beers this sweet (the comparison to flat coca cola is not entirely misguided), this is an interesting beer --- and a good one --- that I’ll enjoy revisiting.
CamdenD (1113) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Full wheatish/malt bomb nose, big. Beautiful pour into a tapering brown/nugget color, little head. Taste is round and long, my first eisbock and hopefully not my last.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. poured into the Aventinus glass a nice looking brown-copper body with a medium white head that fizzes away into a small ring. the aroma is very rich and complex in the way of the regular Aventinus. Raisins and various sugary dark fruits play a large role with faint chocolate and alcohol lingering in the background. hmm, right off the bat I have to say that the alcohol presence is certainly felt though it’s perfectly welcome on a cool winter night. spicy flavour with all that sweet raisiny goodness. lush chocolate in the sweet alcoholic finish. very good.
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 Bottle # 07569, 2004, my christmas treat! Ultra rich, fruity, and alcoholic nose. Awesome dark brown with yeast floating around everywhere. Taste is out of control, never had anything like this. Rich rum, honey, dark dried fruits, slight clove, alcohol, and medicinal flavors assault your tongue. Mouthfeel is quite full but with this I expected something more like oil. Though I’d drink regular Aventinus over this, the Eisbock is a true treat worthy of christmas day.