BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2005 Great aroma - I got a grape/apple/nutty scent. The tast follows accordingly. Creamy and moist. Full, sweet taste with hints of the grape/nut present. You can really tast the warm mixture of flavors. Alcohol is present, but it is extremely well balanced with the other flavors. Excellent finish - smooth and bold. [$3.39/12oz]
highlandlad (1418) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2005 After a couple of weeks in tasting hell (Floris Chocolat, Matilda Bay Bohemian Pilzner), I can’t tell you how much I looked forward to this. It didn’t disappoint. Poured a leathery colour with plenty of chunky sedimentation. 3cm fizzy tan head with a little cinnamon-coloured sediment on top. Settled disappointingly quickly with no lace. Very fizzy-looking. Wonderfully rich Aventinus aroma of burnt toffee, cloves, faint wheat and young Australian shiraz (syrah). Thick, syrupy body with sweet raisiny fruit at the front of the mouth, some spice in the middle and an almighty slug of port-like alcohol in the finish that you feel, as much as taste. The only negative IMO is a slight phenolic taint to the finish, probably due to the high abv. The Eisbock is thoroughly admirable but for me, the standard Aventinus is better balanced.
(Bottle purchased Feb 2005, #45517)
presario (4709) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
High alcohol and caramel aroma. Mixed brown colour. Almost no head but some lacing. Alcohol and toffee finish. Chocolate liquer and sugar flavour. Sweet alcohol, caramel, chocolate, spice, cinamon and burnt sugar.
mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 ozer on a cool night. thought i’d sum it up instead of describe it. this kicks butt, however, being in the south i couldn’t drink this everyday.
jackamackson (127) - USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a dark brown with some floaties. no head. raisiny and alcohol aroma, and spices. flavor is intense raisin, wheat, alcohol, and spices well. its got a bite to it. very sweet, and very warming.
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a translucent brown with a light brown head. The aroma is sweet of raisins, fruit, plums, and very faint hints of wheat. The flavor is very sweet with notes of raisins, wheat, plums, and other fruits...maybe a tad too sweet for my tastes, but still pretty tasty. Very full bodied...thick, smooth mouthfeel. Nice alcohol presence in the finish. Liked this more than I figured I would.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A huge wow. gorgeous fruits rich and lush. Grapes raisins and banana with toasted almonds and dates. slight belgians spice in the nose and wonderful mouthfeel. The alcohol is amazingly well balanced. Amazing brew.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle from 2004 # 06117. Amber to brown color with large, beautiful head (especially nice in its own glass). The aroma is incredible...why drink it? Caramel and sweetness wafting everywhere. The flavor is dark & malty with delicious caramel, cherry, plum, port. The 12% ABV is a bit masked. What a delicious big, beer. Find some.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a dark brown with a thin white head tastes kind of fruity grapes and plums and pears. smooth creamy mouth feel. not painful at all.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Plumb, raisen, alcohol aroma. Tan head and medium brown body. This doesn’t taste like a 12% beer, but you feel it. Very full sweet malt flavor with nice soothing finish. Quite nice.