ABS (651) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolets BU. Dsrk copper to blood red body. Lots of tan head with a light red hue. Malt heavy nose, with some grapefruit and citrus. Medium to thick body. Some alcohol warmth. A tiny bit of grainy mouth feel. Malt, grapefruit, caramel flavour. Quite bitter.
omhper (20606) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at Mikkeller Bar, Stockholm. Hazy copper colour, small head. Grapefruity nose with a dash of caramel. Mid dry with solid body and firm mouthfeel. An harmonious mix of caramelly, bready malt and grapefruity hops, notes of cedar. Long balanced bitterness.
ansalon (1758) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Mikkeller Bar Stockholm. Pours a deep caramel with a low off white head. Aromas of caramel, grapefruit, apple, peach, hay, toffee. Taste is caramel, apple, peach, grapefruit, toffee. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty well balanced and drinkable.
The_Osprey (2845) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Brewdog. Clear ruby red, still, small off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel and vinegar notes. Body is medium, touch of carbonation. Taste is smooth malts, sweet caramel, slightly floral with a dry, straw-like finish.
tania_nexust (230) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught keg at Brewdog Camden. Real big spicy hop nose - with a hint of wet leaves & bonfires. Great mouthfeel again - lingering & chewy but not cloying - the Hopwired beers seem very good at that characteristic.
Narnad (1488) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clean, dark red color with a creamy, light tan head that leaves great lacing. Aroma has a full caramel malt nose, light toasty malt with a robust hoppy nose. Hops comes through as an earthy bitterness. Flavor starts off with an earthy bitterness that moves into a sweet caramel malt flavor. Body is modest with a sugary, oily feeling. Overall a pretty good brew.
jookos (3168) - FINLAND - AUG 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark amber, reddish, hazelnutty brown, clear. Strong nutty caramels, some citrus, pines on nose. Med full body. Light sweet, caramels. Piney hops, some herbs, earthyness. Very clean and easy drink. Just as powerful as you’d expect a beer of this abv. Sort of autumny, with the pines and the nutty caramels. Real nice.
Skinnyviking (7556) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Mikkeller Bar. Low but lasting creamy off-white head. Clear dark brown body. Sweet roasted malt cocoa nuts aroma. Citrus pine flavor with a good deal of hops bitterness, low carbonation and a long finish.
UXO (675) - CANADA - JUL 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep ruby with a loose finger of off-white head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim and spotty lacing. Nose is caramel malt, floral and herbal hops, slight fruit. Taste follows suit, with caramel leading the way and a bitter finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation, slick and slightly syrupy, with a dry finish.
Fairly middle of the road IPA, with a little more sweetness than I prefer. The floral/herbal hop profile is also less my preference than the pine/citrus side of the hop spectrum. That said, it’s a decent enough example of a hoppy red ale.
Holmen2 (1600) - NORWAY - JUL 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
NOK 175 at Bøker & Børst in Stavanger. Fortunately not my round. Dark amber. Dense beige head. Aroma of bitter grape fruit and orange marmelande. Similar taste, with caramel. Bitter aftertaste. Well balanced.