Bockyhorsey (2638) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Tap @ Mesa, AZ location. Sweet spice and alcohol for aroma. Orange body with thin white head. Thick body texture with mix of plums, cinnimon spice . Some what starchy but on the palate it crytalizes to a sugary laquer candy stick. Alochol presence with this one good brew. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2007
PP Strong Ale Fest 07. Pours pinkish red with a ring of an off white head. Nose is faintly sweet. Taste is ok but has way too much alc for me. allfreej (567) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 13, 2007
On tap, BJ’s Summerlin, Las Vegas. Heavy alcohol notes in nose and flavor. A dark, powerful brew. Good stuff! FlacoAlto (4228) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Sampled BJ’s Tucson; Brewed at BJs Chandler, AZBraudog (6900) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2006
This beer is served with a very thin, quickly disappearing, light brown colored head. The beer is pretty clear and shows a concentrated amber color that has just a touch of brown to it. The aroma is quite noticeable, even as it is just sitting on the table I get concentrated notes of caramelized bananas, sweet plums, raisins and a touch of clove character. This is really rich, sweet and fruity smelling. Concentrated notes of banana take the aromatic lead, but all sorts of notes are here. It has a light tartness to it and towards the end takes on something that smells like cherry flavored cough syrup (at leas the amped up cherry character of a cough syrup).
This beer is rich and palate coating, it is still drinkable, yet is definitely a sipping brew. It is definitely way too cold right now as well (stupid pre frozen pint glasses). The taste has a spicy finish that has a certain black pepper quality to it; this seems to be mostly carbonation derived, but something else in the beer gives this perception as well. Touches of tart plum add a nice balance to the sweetness and there is even a touch of warming alcohol to help the balance along as well. As the beer warms up slightly, the clove note becomes more evident. Also more evident is a sweet apple character and a more accentuated plum-like flavor. This becomes quite a bit more drinkable as it warms, it is still a sipping brew, but it softens and becomes more integrates on the whole. Part of this might be that it picks up a bit more tartness as it warms that is typically characteristic of a Weizen.
On tap at the Vegas location: Very dark red with a sticky head. Sugary and robust but no overly so. Even as a light example of style, this is probably a bit too much for the average restaurant patron. But I liked it OK.
Ernest (7888) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2003 Hazy medium orange-brown. Aroma is lightly malty (caramel), with light notes of banana, brown sugar, and clove. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation. Aroma is somewhat faint, and it's a bit too sweet. Still, good.