ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 1/9/2013.11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. 2010 vintage.
A: Pours a very dark brown with good opacity due to the haziness of the yeast. Huge yeast particles settle on the bottom of the glass. This features really impressive head retention for 12% - I poured it about 4 minutes ago and there’s still a solid off-white colored film left on top.
S: The first thing I notice is huge dark fruit sweetness, along with lighter fruit esters and even some faded hops. After a while, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and chocolate will enter the picture. There’s a noticeable oxidation to the aroma, giving it both a stronger fruit vibe along with an underlying soy note to it. The alcohol presence is mercurial; it’s about what I expected.
T: Flavors start off with a lot of ripe cherries and wheat malt. Afterwards, it shows hints of soy sauce (in a mild, pleasing fashion), chocolate, ripe pear, and apple. Not quite as deep, or even as intensely flavored as I expected. Once it warms up, it becomes more and more boozy without really contributing much complexity, and after a while becomes even sweeter; though it also becomes spicier in the finish as well. So yeah, this does have a bit of complexity and depth to it. Warts and all, this is a hell of an experience - and honest to God, it’s enjoyable.
M: At the first sip, it’s just about the silkiest damn thing I’ve ever put in my mouth. After a while, it becomes a bit more astringent and even boozy. Combined with the carbonation, it features that subtle ’airy sponge cake’ quality to the texture. While it’s hard for me to taste the alcohol, it’s very easy to notice on the tongue, esophagus, and stomach - the syrupy finish doing its job to an extent.
O: Fresh, I’m sure the booze would knock my tongue out, but it’s done a good job of evolving into something soft and mellow...ish. I seriously can’t imagine how boozy this would be with only a month or two of age on it. The warmer it gets, the harsher it gets - and the less I want to drink it. Worth a try, but drink cold!
MrHult (461) - SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska från @thaalcoholic, som vanligt, tack! Dimmig rödbrun vätska med beiget skum. Doftar fruktigt tungt. Härligt tung fruktig smak med en känsla av alkohol... Har bara druckit en Eisbock tidigare och den här spöar den med hästlängder. God!
HappyHandsClub (27) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 26, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wonderful, bold, complex, best Eisbock I’ve tried. Seriously spirited fruitcake in a bottle with consistent hints of the 12% ABV throughout. Other Eisbock beers have a 1980s deja vu Löwenbräu Dark taste, but not this one. The character is all its own. Formidable Eisbock does the tradition well.
sokuzs1 (323) - - NOV 19, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: dried fruits, banana, molasses, caramel, bubblegum, bread, malty.
Taste: medium sweet, fruity, plum, caramel, malty, herbal, banana, bubblegum, bread.
A bit too fizzy.
davidezdonz (113) - , HONG KONG - NOV 19, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 5th May 2020. Using Tap 6 as its base is a very good start. It poured a dark brown colour with a reddish/purple tint. There was barely any head other than a thin tan coloured layer and not much lacing. Aromas were of sweet plum, grape, bubblegum, caramel with some light booze. Taste was dark fruits, grape, plum, prune, bubblegum and syrup. Mid to full bodied with high carbonation. Overall, this was my first Eisbock and a very good one at that. Considering its 12% ABV, although there was a small amount of alcohol in the nose, there was none in the taste. Very easy to drink and wish I had a few more bottles on hand now to age.
Slautar (261) - Gdańsk, POLAND - NOV 12, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
W aromacie dominuje wędzona śliwka przywodząca skojarzenie z Westvleterenem 12. W smaku podobieństwo jest jeszcze większe. Jest wyrafinowana słodycz z goryczką ukrytą pod niemałą mocą. Jest gęstość, chociaż może nie aż taka jakiej się spodziewałem czytając opisy degustacji tego piwa. Jest wrażenie jakbym nie pił piwa tylko zupełnie nowy gatunek alkoholu. I jest satysfakcja z Michaela Jacksona, którego dostanę po dodaniu tego wpisu. Bardzo dobre piwo.
P.S. Jest też pewien niedosyt (czy niedobór) w posmaku jakby czegoś tutaj, na samym końcu, zabrakło.
mstrcrwly (784) - New York, USA - NOV 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured into a tulip glass..burgundy with a
fluffy off-white head..Aroma of dark fruits,malts,
bread..tastes of raisins,figs,bread,toffee..not too
boozy..definitely a sipper..my first Eisbock and
hopefully not my last.
Dzhigga (283) - Kirov, RUSSIA - NOV 4, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Brownish hazy color with thun unsteady head. Aroma is very rich: caramel, banana, dry fruits. Taste is also complex, with alcoholic notes, but rather well hidden. Bitter-sweet. Finish is long. Legendary beer. Must try.
kevinator (1548) - The Colony, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great aromas and Flavors of plum, sweet bread, heavy malt and booze. Weighty palate with a nice smooth character and dark mahogany color. A definite sipper.
Hippoman (405) - Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of McTapps.
Muddy brown beer with no head to speak of. Nose is huge and hard-hitting with big, ripe grape character. The taste is well balanced bitter and sweet, erring towards sweet, with loads of coffee and chocolate as well as light date and raisin flavours. Very very drinkable for the ABV, but still too strong-tasting to be a total winner for me.
Sdaniel90 (589) - Mexico City, MEXICO - OCT 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 33cl. Opaque brownish with a minimal head. Malty, alcohol aroma. Robust bodied with moderate carbonation. Sweet and surprisingly not bitter. Earthy and malty with a rich alcohol finish.