joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 2, 2013
On tap at Tap 25. It pours a dark amber color with a khaki head. The aroma is intense with banana, clove, bubble gum. Very sweet on all notes. The flavor is sweet caramel, bread, banana, clove and juicy fruit gum. Super thick body that borders on cloying. Nice spicy yeast character in the finish. I enjoyed this ones intensity of German yeast flavors, but only in small samples. TheBeerGod (6221) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle - 750mL crowned swing-top. Gorgeous copper pour with a dense, rocky tan head. Aroma is sweet with chewy malt notes, toffee, caramel, soft fruit, wheat and bubblegum/candy. Taste is toasted wheat, chewy malt, caramel, light toffee, soft grass, candied fruit, light bubblegum and soft dark bready notes. Ends with more toasted wheat, big caramel, chewy malt, dark bread, grains, light fruit and softer bubblegum/candy. monk191 (1977) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2013
An amazing beer. Pours a beautiful thick red-black with a light tan head. Smell is a little nutty and malty. Taste is awesome, creamy, with hints of banana and cherries, a little alcoholic finish. A great, tasty beer. Had on tap at Hopmonk.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Patrickctenchi (6587) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Sample via QueenHolly/Shrubber:
Pours wood brown with a minimal, tan, soapy head.
Scent is dust.............plum...
Taste is toasty, dark fruit.
Slight alcohol bitter, but very smooth, dry.
A very subdued example of the style.
Nicely done. GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Burnt brown sugar aromas and clove. Clove with brown sugar over tones. Overall a very good bock.
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Bottle. Caramel, vinous plum, and alcohol. Hazy chestnut with a minimal ivory head. Toasty wheat, burnt caramel, vinous plum flavor. Full body, soft carbonation, dry finish. shrubber85 (11402) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Bottle. Prune, caramel malt, and alcohol aroma. Hazy brown with minimal head. Sweet plum/cherry, burnt sugar, and wheat malt flavor. Light alcohol and herbal bitter finish. Not bad. AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Draft - pours cloudy caramel with no head to speak of. Aromas of dark bread, malty fruit, hay and smoky figs and bubblegum. Tastes of dried figs, malted goodness, as well as a nutty sweet richness. Palate is medium bodied, sticky finish. Big burn at the end at 10%. Good, not quite the Eisbockiness one might expect. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Pint at JD’s tavern. Ok aroma, sweet, malty. Little fruity, apple, banana. Some spice. Clove. Clean brownish orange color, ok head, no lace. Sweet flavor, medium body, oily creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. Well, this was awfully cold when I got it. Took most of my pint to get the aroma. Flavor was nice malty toward type. Good, easy drinking for abv ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 30, 2012
A - Pours a dark ruby-black with a thin finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades fairly quickly leaving behind some light lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of wheat, banana, clove, other yeast smells, dark fruits, spices, and some booze.
T - Starts off with some wheat and dark malt flavors with some banana and spices. Through the middle, stronger banana flavor comes through with some clove, other yeast flavors and some dark fruity esters. The finish is mix of wheat, dark malts, banana, clove, dark fruit, and a bit of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Good overall balance with good malt and yeast balance.