AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I figured I would start the night, which was bound to be filled with macro-chugging with an occasional Oberon on tap, off with a decent beer. So I grabbed this one out of my cellar and threw it into the fridge. After taking a shower I cracked it open. Lacking the proper glassware, I was forced to use a small imperial pint glass. Upon pouring, I appreciated a mild carbonation, a moderately amber color, and no haziness. I also noted a smaller head that was quickly diminishing. With regards to aroma I was able to discern a mildly sweet, wheaty aroma. My palate immediately alerted me to the 11% abv. After a second opinion my palate noticed that the mouthfeel was fairly thin, vinous. Furthermore, the overall impression of this beer is a little lacking in complexity. However, I think this beer would be well paired with a blander food.
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Looked and smelled great, but was thin and somewhat watery in the mouth with a harsh metallic aftertaste.
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My first sip of this potent brew elicited a cough and a "Holy moley!" that got my roomate laughing. Pours a ruddy brown with a thin head. Aroma is of plums, grapes, alcohol, sugar, some malt, and alcohol. Flavor is nigh on blinding- sickly sweet and very alcoholic. Warms like whiskey! I donít think a stronger version of Aventinus is necessary, but here it is. Definately an experience, and I can appreciate the complexity and the heritage, but I wouldnít want to drink it more than once every few months. Iíll be cellaring the scond bottle.
Pailhead (4572) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2011 Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, banana, grape, raisin, faint bubblegum, and just a touch of alcohol. It sits in the glass looking like a dark reddish-brown, but when held to the light itís more of a hazy amber with a small khaki head that fades to a thin film. The flavor starts with chocolate, raisin, and plum. The finish has moderate banana and light bubblegum with just a hint of alcohol. At 12% the alcohol is covered up rather well. Medium-full bodied with soft carbonation and somewhat creamy mouthfeel.
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A lot like Aventinus but with all the sweetness you would expect from an Eisbock. Definitely can taste the alcohol on the palate. Sweet taste of bananas. Good beer, but I think I still like the regular Aventinus better.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2005 One of the more more highly anticipated beers in a while and it doesnít dissapoint. Aroma is banana, alcohol and dried fruits. Funny, the taste isnít off too much from that. Sweet, strong and malty, oh yeah! I could get used to this stuff.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Alcohol, yeast, dark fruit and banana, licorice and burning paper in the aroma. Clear, brown coloured with no head. Alcohol apparent also in the flavour. Quite hot. Notes of sweet plums and milk chocolate. Medium bodied and fairly still. Sampled with MartinT and Rastacouere. Bottle.
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rather clear brown hue with ruby hints, bottle-conditioned with a few floaties around. Aroma is indeed reminiscent of an aventinus in the breay malt profile and gentle spiciness + plummy and banana fruitiness, but the difference lies in the heating factor. The eisbock is quite alcoholic and sweeter. In mouth, wheat chunks are to be found playing around with lovely aventinus flavours, but itís very heating which makes it less friendly on a sunny day. Dark ripe fruits and pancake syrup character is quite appealing, but this remains vastly inferior to the regular to me, although I prefer the lower level of carbonation in here.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2010 from old notes Murky brown-red hue with a tight, cream-colored head. A punch of bananas and alcohol with rum-raisin beneath, then fudge. Big sweetness, hot, fruity to start and changes into an alcohol dryness with powdery chocolate and yeast bite. Creamy, bustling pinpoint carbonation, and dry from the alcohol though still weighty.
Overbearing at this point, needs some age to settle into the malts; spicy phenols exacerbate the problem.
33 cl bottle, best before 14 October 2013.
33 cL bottle, goblet. Deep chocolate, molasses, dark bread malt (H); prune, plum, raisin, port, alcohol, clove and banana aromas. Thereís a brothy aroma component (likely the yeast) that keeps me from scoring this one higher. Deep brown/purple body with a quickly diminishing soda-like head. Heavily sweet flavor becomes a heavily sweet, lightly acidic, alcoholic finish. Heavy body, oily texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: very nicely made...but it reminds me of grape juice for some reason.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky and strong to say the least. Great appearance, with great color and head, but a bit too sweet for may tastes. The alcohol is just slightly overpowering.