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!
DrunkSanta410 (522) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Cola like pour with long lasting white head. Aroma is malty, a bit of wheat and caramel. Taste is caramel, a bit of fruit, bread and wheat. Smooth, not really boozy tasting for such high ABV. Pretty good beer!
McSherman (277) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAY 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dunkelbraun mit wenig hellem Schaum. Geruch: Banane, Nelke, Pflaumen, Alkohol. Toll! Der Antrunk ist eine Wucht an Aromen: Trockenpflaumen, Lakritz, Gewürze, Rum. Das Mundgefühl ist ölig und schwer. Der Alkohol lässt das Bier langsam abklingen. Sicher ein perfektes Dessertbier.
Zlotta (241) - Bonn, GERMANY - MAY 19, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
0,33 l bottle from EDEKA Mohr, bottled in june 2014. Very murky, dark reddish brown to purple with a thin, frothy, slowly diminishing, tan head. Great fruity-spicy aroma of ripe bananas, cloves, prunes, raisins, figs and dates. The alcohol is already noticeable. Very intense, sweetish-fruity aroma of prunes, raisins, ripe bananas and cloves, followed by a warming, quite alcoholic but not unpleasant finish with notes of rum and licorice. Full body, creamy and oily mouthfeel, average carbonation. Wow, what a belter! It contains elements of a wheat doppelbock and a quadrupel which is an absolute stunning combination. So rich, powerful and heavy, I love it! Just a little too alcoholic in the end.
Werthergoethe (116) - Moscow, RUSSIA - MAY 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
очень крепкое (алкого ощутим во вкусе) пиво, во вкусе сладков& солод, сухофру& пьётся тяжело.
NikkTwist (1911) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Khyber Pass. Very dark brown pour with a large (though quickly disappearing) beige head. Classic Eisbock - albeit with some stronger stickier dark fruits. Prune danish. Candied black cherry puree. Chocolate liquorice. Flammable plum pudding. Very rich dark red fruit caramels. Pungent deep aromas. Big stuff. Great stuff!
Nordcore (1115) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - MAY 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33 cl. Dark brown with a short lived lightbrown head. Malt, dark fruits and wheat aroma. Light bittersweet and alc. Taste, with a soft long dark fruits end.
niquillis (1593) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from McTapps, thanks Sabine. Pours cola brown with a fast diminishing tan head. Boozy, bitter start. Dark fruit, nothing really fights through. Schneider do better than this, decent winter warmer but can’t help feeling disappointed. Drank on a mild May evening, maybe better suited to a cold winter’s night.
Teran (131) - Belgrade, SERBIA - MAY 12, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rarity, vey special. Strange colour. Full body, rich aroma, lots of flavour with sweet dark malts. Excellent look, creamy head. Expensive, but smooth and strong at the same time. A hint of saltiness which I adore together with caramel in dark beers. Beer to celebrate the first snow. Fantastic and delicious desert beer.
sdg (110) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color, cloudy liquid; slightly tan head - Aroma: strong banane aroma, already clearly recognizable in the nose. Aroma of dark fruits, wheat, yeast, spices / herbs, malt, alcohol, some earthy hops - strong sweet and very slight bitter taste - full body, thick, heavy, round and warm texture - sweet and fruity finish.
huineman (261) - 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.