chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mid brown colour. Rather paler than I expected and without much sediment in the bottle. Small, but persistent, head. Runs the gamut of aromas from B to V (banana to vanilla) - banana, cloves, pineapple, caramel, treacle toffee, molasses, vanilla and probably some other s too. The flavour has more of the same, but less intense. There’s some plummy fruit and licorice here too, with just a bit of citric bite kicking in to temper the sweetness. The mouthfeel is smooth, tending towards the sticky side of the street. It’s certainly a nice beer, but its not quite a 4 for me. 500ml bottle from beersofeurope.co.uk
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a medium brown, very fizzy looking. Head is huge! - it’s officially the biggest head I have ever seen on a beer that I poured myself. Smells of pepper, lemon, lime, bananas, chicory and cloves. Tastes yeasty and spicy; cloves and banana, but with roasted and chocolate doppelbock characteristics as the undertones. Can taste alcohol. First few sips were interesting, but after the three sips, I was nearing beer heaven. Drank this one at about 40-50 degrees, so taste was rich and right on the money. Deserving of its status as a 4-point or higher beer on RateBeer.com.
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #400. Dark caramel body with blink-and-you-miss-it head. Soaked earth aroma riven with cloves. Tingling taste thanks to the calm yet steady carbonation. Gentle flavours; bit of a banana dessert I once tried with caramel sauce but in a dutifully understated fashion. Attractive sweetness towards the end. Alcohol level is well contained. A worthy #400 deserving of its reputation.
Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dear me..what a lovely experience. Had a lovely odour of an active and unfiltered beer. A nice brown colour and a persistent head. Tasted magical, with a delicate bubbly taste of champagne, and fruity notes that my palate cannot even begin to describe. It was truly an experience and one that I definitely enjoyed.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep reddish brown with a slight haze. Maintains a dense off-white head. Rich aroma profile of toasted pumpernickle bread, plum, banana and cloves. Full, chewy mouthfeel. Initial flavor of ripe dark sweet fruit with figs and dates coming to mind. Some whiskey or port- like notes in the background. 8% alcohol cuts in nicely to balance out the sweetness. Pleasantly sweet finish with just a touch of roasty bitterness. A world class Weizenbock!!
RichardGretton (4561) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Muddly looking active beer with a banana like aroma and a banana flavour with a slight hint of bitterness. Overall quite a plain beer, its major benefit is its refreshing qualities.
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
BeerBlockaid twisted my arm to try this one. I am always suspicious of anything ’bock’. I have had too many run-ins with Sam Adams type bocks that make me sick and spoil my taste for beer for weeks... But here goes.. Pours a beautiful ruby brown, with a creamy head which disappears completely after a while. Lovely sweet fruit and malt aroma. And the taste... Oh My God, this is delicious! I was not prepared for just how good this stuff really is.. What a brew to stumble into! Sweet plums, fig, old orange, malt, caramel, light spices, banana.. very complex and wonderful. Thick, smooth mouthfeel. Warming alcohol on the way down, and a pretty good kick, too! This is superb! It may turn into a race between me and Beerblockaid to get back to the bottle shop to clean them out of this. You’re wasting time if you haven’t yet tried this awesome beer.
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
1 pint bottle.(shown in foto) Phenominal surprise. I picked this up tonight and wasnt expecting much. Boy was I surprised! Poured very dark, rich brown colour. Smell is of roasted malt and kiln. Hints of chocolates, clove, and fruit (prune, raisin) thats well balanced and excellently represented. Man, I am going to stock this. Has a slight watery hint as you take bigger sips. Great aftertaste. very rich and smooth. I regret not picking up the rest of the stock, or at least the other beers brewed by this company. They are definately onto something!!!
lordwunjo (46) - California, USA - JAN 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very nice rich plum color, very intense flavor, a good beer with a heavy meal.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2006 Plum color nicely matches the strong plum aroma. Bubbly head quickly disipates. Sweet start, with hints of caramel and banana. Leaves a whiskey/bourbon aftertaste.