Sammy (9204) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
a barleywine tempered by the taste of some wheat and over-the-top barley. This is not an ice-filtered weizen. Barleywine aroma and colour.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick, brown and chunky with no head. Quite an ugly ale. Sweet, spicy aroma with some toasted banana bread, prune, and alcohol notes. Bracing in flavor, with a strong alcohol finish. A bit chalky with some yeast, raisen and cocoa flavors. This is not an improvement on the original though I would be interested in tasting a cellared bottle.
BeerandBlues2 (10451) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy deep mahogany with many bubbles and a thin swirling head. Aroma is wheat and fruit with grapes being dominant. Yeasty nose. Flavor is nutty and wheaty with a smooth alcohol finish. A bit of caramel malt on the end. Warm fizzy full-bodied palate.
DrnkMcDermott (2865) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2007 Bottle #044760, poured in a snifter. Time to pop the cap on one of the last few styles I haven’t sampled. Smell is quite heady and alcoholic! Pours deep drown with a thin, found some yeast dregs in the bottle. Heady alcohol carries into taste, supported by lots of sweet caramelly roast bock malts. Hop and weizen spiciness is subtle at first, but comes through once you’re used to the malts; and gives impression of maple syrup with banana slices. Just sit back and let it work its magic on you.
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours out a deep plum-red color with a thin head. Smells of alcohol and dark fruits. The taste is a blend of plums, dates, raisins with just a hint of tartness. The alcohol is quite apparent given the virtually undetectable bitterness. It was ok, just a bit over the top with all of the assertive flavors going on.
SpringsLicker (3214) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Indra for this one!
Deep mahogany pour. The head is geneerous for the style, tight and light tan in color.
Malt, dried fruit, molasses and a bit of smoke in the aroma.
Smooth and malty with a rich full body that coat the mouth. Alcohol is well hidden.
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 041250. Pours a cloudy dark brown colour with a thin bubbly head. Lots of floaties and lots of carbonation going on here. Aroma is sweet malt, cloves and bananas. Medium-thick body. Taste also sweet malt, cloces and bananas. Similar to the regular Aventinus but not as refined. .
Crockett (1027) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle # 37746. Considering that regular old Aventinus is just about my favorite beer, the Eisbocked version would have to be something spectacular to beat it. She isn’t. Same deep brown colour but the carbonation is all but gone. Reminiscent of a barley wine. Spicey grape alcohol aroma. Alcohol is fiery. Vanilla, light chocolate, dried fruit. Cloves. Oh well.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Botte marked 2004/08483. Pours a hazy brown just like regular Aventinus. Nice big thck head that goes away quickly. Very thick texture. Banana malt nose that burns slightly. Same with the flavor. Very nice but needs a little age. It does get better as it warm. Next time I’ll do a side by side with an older sample.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured dark brown, with a fluffy fizzy off white head. Clean, crisp aroma of fruit, be it raisin or dates. I also detect something sweet, maybe bronw sugar like.Strong alcohol presence that is enhanced by the sweet nutty underlying snap. Nice clean dry finish. This was a great christma presen!.t