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 thereís 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. Thereís 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; itís 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, itís enjoyable.
M: At the first sip, itís just about the silkiest damn thing Iíve 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 íairy sponge cakeí quality to the texture. While itís hard for me to taste the alcohol, itís very easy to notice on the tongue, esophagus, and stomach - the syrupy finish doing its job to an extent.
O: Fresh, Iím sure the booze would knock my tongue out, but itís done a good job of evolving into something soft and mellow...ish. I seriously canít 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!
UXO (657) - 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 1930ís). Yes, partial freezing will concentrate the flavour by removing water - kind of the opposite of the ďAngelís ShareĒ alcohol loss - but that only works if you remove the ice. It doesnít work with a sealed container that will rupture during freezing. Maybe, just maybe, a wooden barrel would expand enough to allow partial freezing - but youíd 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 itís 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)
bubblehouse (634) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My bad idea beer for the night. Should have quit but went for the biggest and baddest.
nickel (508) - - APR 22, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fantastic aroma of plums, wheat malt, caramel, grape. Very strong and intensive.
Taste is sweet with mild bitterness in the aftertaste. Very thick and creamy.
This is royal beer!
CraftBeerNick (1137) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home bought at Biervana. 19th April 15. This is a beast of a beer, poured cloudy dark brown, aroma is pungent, banana and yeast evident with alcohol. Taste is banana, almonds, dark fruit, cloves and evident alcohol. This is a real sipper and a heavy going, but rewarding beer.
CRock (94) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fantastic beer! Itís a sweet, easy drinking and refreshing beer despite the 12% alcohol.
alex_leit (182) - Minsk, BELARUS - APR 19, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Ruby-brown color. Great aroma: sweet, intensely fruity, plums, grapes, cake,caramel and raisins, sweet sherry. Taste: strong, sparkling, warming, dessert wine, dried and candied fruits (raisins, prunes, apricots, figs). Great beer!
SinH4 (651) - SWITZERLAND - APR 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Perfect amber color with nice highlights and a huge fine head. Aroma of toffee, malts, caramel, banana syrup. Taste is thick, more bananas, malts, spices, and a warming boozy feeling, but not unbalanced. Sweet, but it fits. Very smooth carbonation and the nice Weizen texture is still there. The perfect Eisbock in my opinion.
RafeAU (305) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - APR 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle in osaka from craft beer belly. dark brown with minimal head. High carbonation. Sweet rich aroma. flavour is toffee, caramel, raisin, a hint of weizen banana. warming alcohol on the finish. mild bitterness follows. Very good. But too rich to have more than 200 ml or so.
tillmac62 (357) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
BOD 8/26/14. Dark brown pour. Outstanding head volume, poor lacing and almost normal retention.
Wonderful nose of dark fruit (raisin, prune, date), hints of banana and clove over a rich malt base. As it warms, medicinal alcohol notes become dominant.
Full bodied with a thick creamy texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish.
The flavor profile is world class and packs a wallop. It begins with a wave of dark fruit, that is mostly prune, over a clove background that is always present. As the prune fades, a balancing malt sweetness emerges. The middle becomes a bit medicinal from the alcohol and has a subtle bitterness underneath. As the finish approaches, malts make their strongest showing over notes of clove and dark fruit. The finish is a long slow medicinal alcohol fade leaving a pucker and burn at the back of the throat.
Aggiebob (152) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: A murky coppery red with a off white head. Its aroma is bananas, dark fruit. The flavor is caramel, bananas and some spiciness. The texture is creamy and a little thick. The finish is a dry and has a bit of a numbing mouth feel.