huineman (281) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 12, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A fine example of eisbock. Cloudy, powerful, robust, sweetish and very long.
DrGD (103) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @The Rake, London. Great appearance of dark brown-amber colour with huge beige foam. Aroma: rich and enticing, yeast, malts, dark fruity notes. Taste: complex, lots of malts, banana, chocolate, caramel, sugar, spices. Clear alcohol presence. Medium to full body. A delicious winter warmer!
SkillsFactory (95) - ITALY - MAY 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Marrone scuro, quasi impenetrabile, schiuma beige chiara eccezionalmente persistente vista l'alta gradazione alcolica.
Corpo pieno, ben carbonata.
Forte aroma acetico e vinoso, uva, banana matura, ciliegia sotto spirito, alcol e cacao amaro.
Al palato acetico meno marcato, note vinose astringenti, ciliegia sotto spirito, alcol ben presente e sul finale cacao amaro e note tostate, dopo un po' fa capolino una nota amaricante luppolata.
Japalo (1390) - DENMARK - MAY 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle@home. Small head muddy dark brown. Alcoholic toasted. Strong aromas of yeasty esters; prune raisin Sherry notes. Sweetness blended with alcohol rules. Dry finish. Slight staleness. Gets better after warming up in the glass. Very complex.
Natai (109) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dirt brown with an off white head. Aromas of banana and clove. Similar flavors with the addition of green apple. My first Eisbock, but very good.
MarkoNm (1193) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - MAY 4, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks McTapps for this one. Pours a dirty brown color, topped with an off-white head. Malty aroma, sweet, dark fruits and quite lots of grapes aroma. Taste is strong, sweet with a medium bitterness in the finish, with some soury notes. Not really my kind of beer.
dhatton (137) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours opaque auburn and settles to a dark chestnut brown body. Thin film of bubbles that leave a halo around the edge of the glass. Rich complex aroma of acidic dark fruits - raisins, cherries, and plums. Banana and clove jumped out at me, but molasses or sweet dark bread also came through. Chewy mouthfeel. Flavor profile changed with every few sips. Layers of concentrated malts, more banana, spices, anise, and cola. Finished with a faint sweetness. Potent potable, but not offensively so. Truly unique wheat beer that is most definitely worthwhile.
rkehlet (38) - - APR 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very tasty unique wheat beer. Strong alcohol and strong notes of banana and bubble gum.
dfearnley (1164) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to stange glass
Blackberry, wheat, yeast, caramel, and grape. A dark reddish brown, with a frothy off white head with some dark brown sludgy spots. Taste is caramel, sourness, pepper, banana, alcohol and dark fruits. Wow, this has a kick, but not overly boozy.
UXO (698) - CANADA - APR 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear amber brown with a short tan head diminishing rapidly to nothing, no lacing. (3/5) Nose is banana, dark boozy fruit, toffee and raisins, mild yeasty wheat. (8/10) Taste is moderately strong sweet, mild bitter. (8/10) Full bodied, low carbonation, lingering boozy finish. (4/5)
I want to call bull on the origin story (a shipment partially froze in unheated transport during the 1930’s). Yes, partial freezing will concentrate the flavour by removing water - kind of the opposite of the “Angel’s Share” alcohol loss - but that only works if you remove the ice. It doesn’t work with a sealed container that will rupture during freezing. Maybe, just maybe, a wooden barrel would expand enough to allow partial freezing - but you’d still have to remove the water ice before drinking... Though, now it occurs to me that if you just had a chunk of ice still present in the barrel when you tapped it... hmmm... OK, maybe it’s viable. Regardless of the validity of the origin story, this is one heckuva beer. Flavours are very similar to an Abt - deep, dark, and rich - and despite the huge ABV, are extremely palatable. And man, does the ABV sneak up on you! This is a great beer to get very, very drunk with - or better yet, to get someone else very, very drunk with. (16/20)