Huhzubendah (3342) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks a lot, Brad!
Vintages 2006 & 2009, served side by side.
2006 bottle 23/100
2009 bottle 8/75
The 2006 vintage appears remarkably darker than the 2009, which appears orange colored. Neither beer displays any head or leaves any trace of lacing on the glass.
The aroma offers apples, grapes, English malts, toffee.
The flavor is sweet, but not nearly as much as I was expecting, certainly not cloying. Although the beers drastically differ in appearance, they smell and taste nearly identical. The beer drinks almost like an apple / grape liqueur, or an after dinner cordial. The bready, biscuity, English malt character is present in the flavor, but plays only a subtle role.
The feel is thin and light, with virtually no carbonation. Like sipping a strong white wine or alcoholic white grape juice.
Overall, this was quite a treat, and especially cool to try not one, but two vintages of this rare delicacy.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-29-2012
MadIndian (2718) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gif from SJ. This is a big beer and I found a lot of things to like about this one. Nice sweet caramel malts, a big alcohol taste that warms the body and some bread and brown sugar.
Really good for the style.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
[bottle] shared by dalzale. Thanks Greg! Bottle filled right to the top. Opens with a decent amount of carbonation that pretty much disappears when itís poured. Viscous honey colored liquid with aroma of honey, crackery malt, caramel, less alcohol than you would expect, maybe a little strawberry. Flavor carries the strawberry, light honey, almost biscotti flavor, warming alcohol, grainy, not much else. Finish is semisweet with plenty of alcohol.
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, thanks a bunch Greg! Pour is a fairly clear dark honey gold, with a very spare white head and no lacing. Aroma is honey, light caramel, lots of grainy malts. Taste is honey, caramel, lots of worty notes, slight fruityness, quite a bit of booze though not what I would expect. Slightly chalky. Just OK.
DalzAle (2018) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle with big thanks to fredandboboflo! Clear amber pour, very little carbonation and a nutty/boozy aroma. Flavor is biscuity copper, medicinal nuts and suprisingly not as boozy as I expected on the aftertaste. Decent.
arminjewell (9210) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour big thanks to Greg! Bottle 54/75 from 09. Pour is clear reddish orange with thin white head, aroma brings notes of caramel, booze, toffee, some slight green raisin, slight oaky vanilla in there as well, hints of slight cherry oxidation. Taste is a nice mix of caramel, toffee, white fruit with raisin, hints of mixed oak and vanilla notes, slight booze but not overwhelming, warming on the way down, a bit oxidized but nice and dry.
LilBeerDoctor (3663) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, 2009. Pours a clear orange brown with very little carbonation. Aroma of booze (Iím worried Iím gonna singe my nose!). Very hot. Also sugary with burnt caramel and burnt brown sugar, vegetables. Tasty is less sugary sweet, more sweet malt with booze and rotten vegetables. Quite potent. Iím not really a fan of eisbocks and despite this being one of the tops of the style, I still was not able to enjoy it.
brokensail (15271) - San Leandro, California, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is golden orange in color with a mild chill haze. Really no head or carbonation to it at all. Not that this should come as a surprise.
S: Smells slightly oxidized with a bit of a stale brown sugar note up front. Certainly sweet and malty as I had anticipated, but very minimal booze presence. Some fruits such as golden plums and raisins, and a floral honey character is also there.
T: Quite the fruity flavor here. Light peaches to go along with the golden plum and raisin thing. Caramel, brown sugar, and mild alcohol which actually is a good thing (I think) in this beer. Mild honey characteristics on the palate as well.
M: Not quite as full in body as I had anticipated. And while there is essentially no carbonation, itís not syrupy, which is a plus.
O: I was expecting this to just be disgustingly boozy, but it was actually nicely hidden (especially for 18%). A nice beer to try, but not amazing.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Azurelimits for opening this 187mL bottle at a recent tasting. Served in a snifter.
Pours an orange-honey color with a thin, bubbly white head. Much better looking than I would have expected given the alcohol volume on this. Seems to be pretty carbonated. White bubbly head does subside quite quickly, however, and only leaves behind a few legs on the side of the glass. The nose is quite striking with a very strong, sweet honey-like presence to start out along with quite a bit of alcohol. There is also some slight peach and melon characteristics.
The taste isnít quite as fruity and is more toward sugar overkill. Itís balanced out by a good dose of booze, but Iím not sure these are really the two things Iíd like to have balancing one another out. Medium body with low levels of carbonation. Sugar and alcohol just end up making up too much of this beer and I wasnít terribly impressed, though I did quite enjoy the nose.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-16-2011
chibuck (3506) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bright copper orange, a nice light tan head... Interesting nose of apples and malt... Taste hides the alcohol well, sweet toffee and honey, ok