AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2008
Pours very dark brown with just a slight head forming on the pour. Smell is very dark malts, and dark fruits. Flavor is huge! Incredible mouthfeel. More dark fruits and a very good Weizen taste. Very little if any sign of the high ABV in the taste. Maybe just a little heat, but that’s hard to notice. Goes down way too easy for a beer this big. Tastes great and doesn’t get old at all. Very complex, very big, very good beer! tedovertu (297) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2008 Amazing beer. Complex flavor (mixture of spices/cinnamon and fruits). Dark brown color and medium bodied.
892/97/3.83/10-15-08 SHIG (4962) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Bottle: Poured a dark chocolate brown with off white to tan head. Aroma is nice malt and sweet wheat. Taste is sweet fruit with sweet malt. This beer hides the alcohol very well. DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2008
mahogany color. Spicy dark fruit smell. Similar taste, with bitter chocolate. Full bodied and complex. LilBeerDoctor (3930) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Bottle, 2005. Pours brown with a small tan head. Aroma is quite sweet, of raisins, alcohol, and super sweet malt. Flavor is rather vegetably (squash, carrot) and sweet. I tasted these exact same flavors in another bottle and wasn’t sure if the bottle was in poor condition, but as this is my 2nd bottle, I feel pretty confidant in regards to its vegetably taste. Strong but still drinkable (wow, I couldn’t believe it was 12%!). Decent, but not particularly a favorite.
gameface23 (131) - Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2008 Bottle from 2005. Pours a cloudy brown with a small, off-white head. It has a strong smell of alcohol and clove and secondary smells of soy sauce and cheese. Tastes of pepper, spice, clove and banana and bubblegum. roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Pours hazy light brown with filmy offwhite head. Aroma is malt and alcohol and plums. Flavor is caramel malt and alcohol burn. Not much balance. Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2008
Bottle: Pours brown with a small head. Aroma of cinniman, spices and hops. Flavor of fruits, spices and hops. Very good. Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUL 22, 2008
applecider pour is murky and aromatic. Banana clove denotes a nice weizen but a tinge of alcohol shows the ice bock. sweet malts as well. banana malts in the mouth as well, warming alcohol all around the mouth. finish is slightly sticky and malty with a bit of dry alcohol. oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Pours cloudy ruby with one finger frothy head. Aroma is raspberry, plum, ginger, and clove. Yeast character is quite prevalent, contributing to some serious spicyness. Other aromas are sweet sugary malt. Flavor quite sweet, though not cloying. Lots of spice complemented by banana, caramel, and molasses. Dark fruits prevalent. Sugars are thouroughly present, and contribute to well balanced and well crafted treat. Palate is thick, sweet, and rich, and suprisingly full. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden- never has 12% been this subtle. I was quite suprised by the character of this brew, for its complexity and flavors are hard hitting and well balanced.