Strykzone (6176) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer pours a very dark tea color with a large soapy head. That foam lasts and leaves a significant lacing. Very appealing in appearance. First taste is of malty caramel but the caramel faded. In its place was a strong banana and clove combination that was delicious. The malt flavor remained but fell to the back. This is a wonderfully crafted beer and is a great style. This one was stumbled upon and what a great find it was!
EithCubes (5428) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2006 Review No. 200. Bottled. Muddy, murky pour. Quite a yeasty appearance, in fact. Head laces well, white-to-eggshell in color, and is probably the noisiest head I’ve heard (despite no visible carbonation. Light, sweetish nose, lightly spiced with caramel. Typical Hefe flavors are subdued. Very thick caramel taste to start, alcoholic but not offensively so. Strong. Dark sweet malt of a well-made bock without the stickiness, though not cloying. Add to that the wheat of a Hefe. Light and fruity notes in the background. Medium body. Fantastic Weizenbock. My friend finds that the sweetness detracts from the complexity. I’m inclined to agree. [3.8]
Re-rate: Second bottle much the same as the first. The noisy head really is something, isn’t it?. Conditions were slightly better this time, though the comments of the first rating hold. Spice is coming through more earnestly this time, though, adds a disproportionally high amount of complexity to the final product. Cheers to this major-league brew!
OldMrCrow (2308) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle
Pours a deep reddish brown with a big foamy head.
The aroma is strongly clove-and-flambe bananas, with a hint of booze and a hint of agar. The flavor follows suit, curiously spicy, with a bitter flourish on the roof of the mouth --- yet gentle on the tongue like warm herbal tea.
This is clearly an outstanding beer, and yet I’m not completely clicking with it. I think the fault likes in my palate and not in the craftsmanship with which this one has been produced. It’ll be good to revisit under different circumstances.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 9, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 oz bottle at Federal in Durham, NC. Bottle conditioned. Served in a tall 0.5 L Aventinus glass. Hazy garnet-brown color with foamy tan head. Smells of bananas, cloves, and alcohol. Citrusy flavor, slightly sweet with a touch of caramel, cloves, and a splash of alcohol at then end.
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours murky brown with huge head, visible carbonation, and minimal lacing. aroma of fruit, banana, and spice, taste of cherry, citrus, and wheat with a very distinct glove finish. decent but not really my thing.
gilvanblight (821) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Super huge bubbly head. Drown pour. Definate hops scent with some caramel and bitter fruit, maybe some sour pear. Mixed taste, a lot of berry and bitter malts. Lingering aftertaste. Pretty pleasant.
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
WOW. Smells like a hefeweizen, bananas, cloves with slight hints of malt. Tastes amazingly refreshing for a beer so dark and high in ABV. Alcohol is nonexistent in taste. Has a crisp finish. I’m impressed.
mkgrenwel (604) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 mL bottle. Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Soothes the throat like honey. Also has some honey in the flavor, which plays with the alcohol nicely. Nutty maltiness throughout. Surprisingly, some tart sourness in the back, evoking cherries, grapes and cranberries. Clove is certainly in there as well. This is a good beer out of the bottle, but it really explodes on tap. Unfortunately, this review is just of the bottle.
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle brewed in 2001. Pours a hazy orange rust color with a super fizzy head. A very fruity aroma, cherry and cloves are coming to mind as well as a little alcohol. The taste is sweet and fruity as well...getting the same cherry/clove comination as well as some mild alcohol flavor. This is a very carbonated beer with, again, a mild alocohol burn in a couple spots with a very dry finnish. It’s pretty light all the way across the tounge and comes out pretty refreshing if a bit too carbonated.
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
tis mighty the f tasty. and having of alcohol I love it like I love mike Cocle