Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2001
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
VENOM is giving this one away like it was Big Daddy IPA, but I don’t see anyone complaining. It’s been a while I had the opportunity to catapult a beer into the Top Ten, but I’m afraid it won’t happen today. Very nice beer, though - cloudy chestnut appearance; lovely aroma of banana, soft malt (biscuits, soft caramel tones) and pears. The palate is a little less complex, but brings wheat, pears and rounded malt flavours to the table. It is fairly acidic, and that helps balance out the malts, leaving the brew far more drinkable than one would prefer an 8.7%’er to be.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2001
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Awesome. Fruity and yeasty aroma, dark cloudy light brown color. Fruity, apple and citrus tastes with a distinct malty finish. A new beer for my top ten.
ssurp (23) - trenton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is real nice. Love the yeast notes in this one. Fruit/citrus highlights in the middle, finishes with a great malt character. This is delicious.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2004 Wooooo. Nose wheaty, whiffs of bubblegum and yeast, slightly earthy as well, quite intriguing. Initial flavor is sharp and zesty, very fruity, lemony, and crisp. The finish is wonderfully smooth and malty, nice sweetness with some hints of caramel and qutie bready. An incredibly interesting brew. Sits absolutely beautifully, lovely cloudy texture.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 12, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great nose, large head and generous lace. Malt start, a bit tart and a nice cloudy dark amber color. Hops are present as is the high abv in the after taste. Damn good beer. thanks Venom.
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2001
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Whoa! Hold on! When a beer is compared favorably to Aventinus that is made by an American brewer, it’s worth trying! Rich, Spicy,yeasty what a fantastic beer!
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - SEP 7, 2001
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very much like Aventinus, but alittle spicier and slightly lemony. Malty and sharp on the tongue. Very tasty.
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - SEP 5, 2001
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Note quite delectable, this delicious beer exhibits a malty banana, slightly spicy aroma. Unfiltered dark brown without much head. Sharp taste, primarily banana and malt accompany the underlying warming alcohol. ’Aventinus’ is a touch smoother, however the smooth plum, banana, and fudge finish is noteworthy and quite memorable.
PhillyBeer2112 (2474) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2001
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2003 This is now called the Moonglow Weizenbock, and
what a great beer it is. It contains all
the best traits of both a bock and a weizen.
Aroma is full of the yeasty/spicy notes of banana,
clove and lemon zest - yet also sweetly malty. Flavor
is more of the same, without the lemon zest. Medium bodied,
giving it the kick of a bock and the refreshing quaffability
of a weizen. Very nice. <P> Update: less of the weizeny esters are present and this beer is dominated by a sweet melanoidin palate and a strong alcoholic finish. A notable acidity, I think, plays a role in diminishing the esters. Enjoyed the cloudy blood-orange glow in the glass, though - a nice treat on Halloween night.
zbrew19 (31) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2000
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
excellent, strong beer