Weizen Eisbock - South Shore Brewery
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4.6/5 rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Served at the Deepwater in a snifter.
Opaque and dark, brown around the edges, a ring of lacing stands around the edges.
Smells of sweet malt, dark fruit, a hint of vanilla.
Powerful flavors, very sweet malt and rich dark fruit. Clove, vanilla, bourbon, and wood. Maybe even coffee? Perhaps a hint of mint. So flavorful, and quite delicious. Alcohol detectable in the finish, but compliments the flavors. This is a big beer, and has elements of what I like in a big dark belgian strong ale, or even a big RIS. Less wheat and banana than the "real" Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock, but otherwise nailed the flavor profile. Taste = 5.
Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
I could drink a barrel of this. My new South Shore favorite for sure. Look out Aventinus - this was phenomenal.
Can we have this in bombers, please!
Serving type: on-tap
07-02-2011 00:54:52 | More by Strix
4.15/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a pitch-black to the eye, topped with a dark tan head and abundant lacing. When held up to the light (though nearly-opaque) there's a hint of brown to the blackness.
The nose offers up a "hint" that this is powerful stuff indeed, with equal parts spicy, phenolic notes, bitter chocolate and espresso. There's also quite a bit of alcoholic heat, and a more subtle aspect of fusel alcohol here as well. In a more general sense the nose is slightly-sweet and fruit forward, with light cinnamon and heavy clove, as well as some tobacco.
Bold and full-flavored on the first sip, this one is really a treat for folks who like stronger renditions of the Weizenbock style, and it definitely compared favorably to Aventinus and Aventinus Eisbock. While this is "chewy" (full-bodied) enough that it reminded me of e.g. my earliest impressions of barleywines like Bigfoot and Old Foghorn, it actually finishes quite light and dry, and no doubt the alcoholic boost imparted via the eis-process is the reason for this.
With respect to tastes, there's as much of the chocolate and spice as the nose had indicated, and despite the chewiness and booze-y kick this one is in fact dangerously drinkable. Likewise, it is rather creamy, and as it coats and lightly-scrubs the palate I can think of no better nightcap or finish to an excellent meal.
This one was served in a large (16 oz!) and sturdy snifter, and was priced very nicely to my mind ($6). If you are a fan of the style and don't mind the drive up, this one is worth keeping and eye out for in the future -- no growlers, unfortunately.
Note: Although I listed the style as Eisbock, I'm certain this is in fact an ale, and a variation of this beer: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/787/23068
Serving type: on-tap
05-31-2011 16:22:02 | More by Chaz
Weizen Eisbock from South Shore Brewery
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