ClarkVV (6962) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Bottle at Kuhnhenn on 11/25/06nickd717 (4999) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Greyish-beige head sits atop a deep magenta-violet tinged black cherry body that shows a medium to medium-high clarity. Only light carbonation perceptible and the head recedes quickly to partial cover, leaving little/no lacing behind.
Soft, waxy/plastery currants are noted first, in the nose, followed by a burst of some piquant acids and skin tannins. It seems to build on and draw strength from the dark malts that lie in ambush behind it. Warmth allows heavily caramelized, thickly sweet chocolate and toffee notes to emerge, while a decided note of vanilla gives a little lightness and evolves in to almost a dry black cherry character. Grainy barley, a touch of char and wood are found at the back, but the cassis is very good about covering the rough edges seen in the normal version (which is barrel-aged). Very strong aroma, with little no alcohol perceptible.
Tight, engaging carbonation provides a frothy, juicy currant-cherry richness that softens somewhat, allowing more waxiness, light vanilla and bland wood notes to soften the fruit acids. They perk up again, more acetic-like, on the finish, which is also alive with medium dry chocolate, light hints of coffee and bits of light char. I didnt find much rawness in the normal version, and certainly don’t find it here. There’s no doubt plenty of warming on the finish, but I dont see obnoxious fusels and sharp, disruptive fumes rising from the glass. Despite the carbonation’s best effort, the body is still rather oily/waxy. I’ve mentioned it before, but dark malts and dark fruits don’t seem to come off nearly as bright as say medium malts (their eisbock) and raspberries, so it’s not quite in that ballpark for me, but every bit as good as something like Kulmbacher eisbock. Very unique and surprisingly drinkable. Still have one bottle left. Will see how it ages.
2005 vintage thanks to Nanoslug. Thanks a lot, Adam and Anna.
Pours a cloudy reddish-brown with pretty much no head. Very viscous.
Smells incredible. Loads of fresh cassis as well as sweet caramel and toffee, and spice.
Flavor is also great. A little more alcohol than I’d like, but excellent otherwise. Intense cassis, caramel, toffee, and spices.
Full-bodied and even a little syrupy with very low carbonation.
Overall this is excellent. Never thought I’d get to try this, and I’m glad I did, especially since I’m a huge ticker. AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Huge full nose of chocolate and fruit. Same in the flavor with a lasting sweet finish. madmitch76 (26448) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2012
21st February 2011auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Unusual bottle from 2005, the beer was touching the cap it was so full! Clear dark red - brown beer. No head. Very mild carbonation. Initially has strong oxidised malts plus chocolate and strong blackcurrant. A little agitation produces and almost cheesy oxidised malt nose. 20 mins of persistent agitation and most of the oxidisation is gone from the nose and the taste. Smell is now like Blackcurrant Liquer! What is left is chocolate malt and fresh vibrant blackcurrant and blackcurrant liquer. Very interesting and tasty beer, really came alive when given a really good airing. Not had a better blackcurrant beer than this.
Dusky-hued dark ruby, with a rim of white. Strong all cassis aroma. First, freshly poured percolating Hero Cassis, bubbling in a nonic at a bar in Amsterdam, followed by tooth-marring Finnish cassis jellies, and finally with a tart nip of lightly aged Belgian black currant juice. All expressive, yet singular. Incredibly profusive. Bright, however yielded a faint edge of vegetal character. Flavor begins with a sharp, sweet and almost slightly bitter cassis flavor, with edges of blackberry and tight vinegar expressions. After a blossing bold cassis domination initial, I’m swepth into a faint dark caramelly sugar, with some distant yeast toasts. This movement of other characters doesn’t really ever get to fully express itself, drowned in the sea of amazing black currant character. Again, this ebbs mediciney and cloying, with a few touches of sickly sugar. However, one cannot underestimate the ridiculous smoothness for a beer of assumedly 17% alcohol. Vinous and caramel shuffled with cassis in some first date awkwardness. Finally, a touching note of minute vegetal hop dust sails over the blasting fruit character. Yeast spice and esters I think help add an extra dimension to the cassis flavor. Obviously this was accidental (the addition of currant juice), because it’s unbalanced. If the currants had been reduced by 50% this would be a beer up there with Raspberry Eisbock. Being the cassis whore that I am, this was fun to sip, especially considering the bright vinous notes, but it just got a little overbearing. I guess not every accident spawns a winner.
awaisanen (1310) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2006
Pours a rich, cherry wood brown with a thin head of quickly dissipating ivory. The aroma is completely dominated by an intoxicatingly rich fruity currant bouquet. The cassis character is very forward but fabulously rich and heavy, allowing only a breath of vanilla to escape from beneath its fruity cloak. Full bodied, effervescent mouthfeel. Wow, a ton of cassis immediately floods the palate. Some fine bradyish characters follow, but are quite smooth considering the high ABV. As the brandy flavors fade, more of the base beer notes start to poke out from behind the ripe currant fruits, with edges of caramel and spicy zinfindel tannins. The finish begins to get a bit heavy and mediciny with a cherry twist, but as I reach the bottom of my glass, the yeasty dregs add a bit of a spicy, dark breath to soften the cassis edge. Currants, currants, currants - the re-occuring theme here in this fruity, sipping treat. Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
Reviewed from notes. I really wish I had written down who brought this so I could give a thank you. However, shoutout to a generous soul for this brew.
Pours a slightly-murky crimson color with some brownish colors in there as well. Very slight head that actually persists around the rim of the glass for a bit of time. The nose is really, really nice with some strong fruit flavors of cassis, with perhaps a bit of berry in the background as well. Nice toffee and caramel aromas as well. A bit oxidized, which worked some nice flavors into the brew.
Along with the oxidation, the flavor department brings some great fruit presence and really nice notes of sweetbread. A bit of booze overshadows things, and I could say that this still could use a bit more time. Otherwise, feel and taste are pretty nice. This is really an elegant sipper and I’d love the chance to try it again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-12-2010 Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Courtesy of the Kuhnhenn Brothersjoergen (29624) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2010
Bottle: Big vinuous aroma of black currants, alcohol, hints of chocolate, and smoke. It pours a reddish-brown with no transparency and a minimal beige head. The flavor is very sweet, almost sugary at times, with lots of black currants. There is a strong vinuous backbone with a hint of tart grape. The sweetness builds in the finish along with a moderate warming affect. A tad too sweet for my preferences.
Botlle at Theis & Mette.
Clear red brown coloured with no head.
Sweet and fruity aroma of liquorice, caramel, dried fruits and black currants.
Sweet and fruity flavour of liquorice, dried fruits and black currants with oxidized notes.
Sweet and berryish finish.