gnoff (10858) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2015
Draught as part of a paddle at Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe, Sydney, on October 13, 2015.Sevenlee (1846) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2014
Listed at 9.0% ABV.
Rich, smooth, sweet, vinous, dates, port wine, some scotch whisky, bourbon taste. Sweet, alcohol, port wine aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness. Clear, dark deep reddish brown color, white to off-white head. Sweet, alcohol, vinous, malty, light of raisin scent.
Pours a dark cloudy brown with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, wheat, banana, yeast, caramel and some vanilla. Taste is medium to high sweet leading to a smoothly malty yeasty finish. Very good. Hop_Hedonist (628) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2013
A new batch apparently - 9% - beautiful - bananas waft from the glass - cant taste the alcohol at all - sweet caramel - esters dominate. Very interesting and full of flavour. Good one. motelpogo (7703) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 11, 2007
bottled, at the brewpub. reddish brown with a lasting head. aroma of plum, whiteboard markers and burnt banana. sweet wheaty character, hints of vanilla and cherry tomato, light texture, faintly metallic finish. a little messy but still pleasant duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2006
Bottle. Quite estery, with some clovey banana characters, mixed with a caramel sweetness and some alcoholic warmth. Also got a slight green apple character. Not as chocolatey or complex as something like Aventinus, but still well made, and nicely tasty. Wish it wasn’t so expensive, coz then i may have thought about having another one.
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2006
a decent stab at an aventinus imitation. the irony is that you can buy 500ml of aventinus for $6 whereas 330ml of this will cost $12. that is exactly three times the cost. but i am being a bit disingenuous cause that’s the over the counter price. still, when you have the option of staying home and drinking aventinus or going to redoak, listening to the bad easy listening house music and drinking this stuff, i know what i’ll do in future. right the details: hazy red brown, served far too cold to even get any sort of lasting head. low carbonation - way too low for the style. raisiny, alcoholic aroma with a stack of black banana, some clove, and a bit of brandy. flavour has quality malt - bready, biscuitty and warm - and an immediate shot of alcohol. the aftertaste fades away with banana, fusels, and a slight note of boiled brussels sprouts. finishes too sweet - could be spicier. this sweetness isn’t helped by the low carbonation. still, a good effort, and good on em for brewing it. Stew41 (2068) - Phuket, THAILAND - OCT 30, 2005
Vibrant cloudy dark orange in the glass - looks very tasty. Massive head takes 10 minutes to settle. Rich nose, fruity, Belgium-esque. More fruit and rich malts in the mouth with a slightly hard liquered feel. Tails off a touch but still a beer with plenty of power. bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 14, 2005
After bombing out with the pale ale first this day I was looking forward to tasting this, their latest seasonal offering. It came delivered to me as though I was in a cafe, on a tray and with a milk chocolate colour and a thick creamy tan head. I immediately clasped my hands firmly round the glass to happily donate some of my 38 degrees C in order to realise the brew’s potential. It proved worthwhile, as I relished in the bananas and creamy caramel aromas that wafted up, although I also detected a bit of meatiness (maybe it was the vegemite that I see highlandlad found). Slid down the gullet smoothly, with a balance slightly on the bitter side giving it a good bite. There was a bit of an alcohol tang (or was it a burn?), but I suppose at 8.4% it should be fighting back somewhat. Expected a little more body in this too, as it didn’t quite provide much of an aftertaste. I’d definitely have this again, though, if there weren’t so many others to get through first!! Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2005
I think this one is actually a Weizenbock rather than Doppelbock, even though the name obviously says it is. When I saw it poured, let it settle and had another the words Schneider Aventinus came to mind. There is a definite estery base here which distinguishes this as a weizen with a fine smack of fruity tang in the mouth. The high ABV is obvious as is the blend of barley and wheat malts. This place contnues to impress with another very fine representation of a foreign style of beer that is not brewed on these shores. Following the other high octane beers in the Belgian Tripel and Baltic Porter this establishment continues to go from strength to strength. highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2005 Caveat: had to rush this one and couldn’t give it enough time to warm. Pity because I suspect it would have developed a bit more characater. As it was it struck me as a typically well-made example of the style, if a little one-dimensional at the standard Redoak serving temperature. Looked great in the tall glass - muddy brown, with a head that lasted to the foot of the glass. The aroma reminded me of one of Scotland’s rare contributions to international cuisine: Banoffee Pie. Toffee, bananas and cream, with the beer also showing a spicy clove note. It’s full in the body and quite creamy-lactic at the back of the throat. On the tongue, it showed lots of toffee, some restrained banana and clove. It has the same Vegemite bite in the finish as the Baltic Porter. House yeast? Quite distinctive. Overall, a solid bock. (BTW, I was briefly disgruntled at paying $8 for a 250ml glass until I went to the next pub and paid $7.50 for a skunky bottle of Cascade Lager. The joy of Sydney CBD drinking...) (Tap at brewpub)