KongKalle (12) - Stavanger, - JAN 3, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Without the extra fullness and balance more alcohol strong beers provides, it was to unbalanced for me. It still has a good Christmas feel, with some roasted malt, caramel, spice and a nice touch of Christmas baking. This is also one of the more full-bodied beers from Norwegian grocery stores, even if it does not give enough balance.
altonbrownd (5650) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2/19/2009 4:58:47 AM In Oslo over the holidays. Ruby red body with medium head. Sweet and malty nose. Taste is also malty, with coffee, caramel and bitter notes. Short aftertaste. Warming.
metalspice (660) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2015
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Klart rødbrunt med fint skum. Lukten domineres av målt med en del ufriske toner. Smaken er av korn og karamell med en fin bitterhet mot slutten.
NORSAND (74) - Lillestrøm, NORWAY - DEC 7, 2015
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
(From can. Presumably canned 8/2015 as BB date is 16.8.2016)
Nice dark amber colour. Off-white head subsiding within a minute or two.
Nose: Quite simple. Some malt, some hoppiness and some mustiness. After some airing it does become more malty, though.
Taste: Medium light body, a small touch of sweetness and a littlle bitterness. So in its on way kind of balanced but just with too little of everything. Medium to rich carbonation.
In the medium long aftertaste burnt malt and hoppy bitterness join forces to create a not so pleasant finish.
Would probably work somewhat better together with (not too rich) Norwegian Christmas dishes. As a lone drink, however: too bitter and thin for a Christmas beer. This tastes as the water diluted beer it probably is. Would have been interesting to taste it pre-dilution, although I still feer it wouldn’t have been completely balanced.
I’m sorry to have to rate a traditional (albeit diluted) product from my favourite Norwegian "commercial" brewery so low. But a man has to do what a man has to do. Let’s (desperately) hope it may gracely age into a nicer score around easter......
Nonshaugen (438) - Fetsund, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2015
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
50 cl can, 2015 vintage. Dark reddish amber, two-finger off-white to tan head, crystal clear, low cabonation. Really a nice looking beer. Not much aroma. Dry and bitter mouthfeel, probably from the hops. It’s a weird one, this beer. It don’t smell much, and it don’t taste much. The only footprint is the dry, fizzy carbonated mouthfeel and a great look. Would probably benefit from beeing stored for a year or so.
Wischylini (256) - Grimstad, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2015
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Appearance Pours a clear light amber, with a dense white head that leaves some lacing
Aroma Butterscotch, malt, herbal notes, currants, dried fruits
Taste Sweet, a bit lacking in bitterness
Palate Regular "macro feel"; ie. light, sparkly, thin.
angel77 (2425) - oviedo, SPAIN - AUG 11, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Botella 33 cl de hipercor Oviedo. Sin Lote. hasta 12-10-2001. (r176). Tomada en 2000. sin mucho que decir con 6.5 vol se bebe como nada.
Frode (383) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 31, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle 33 cl.
Amber, with beige head. Roasted malty, dust and some caramel. Medium sweet. Short, slightly dry finish.
mybrainhurts (390) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark fruits, caramel, toffee, and sugar cookies for aroma and flavor. Roasted, full mouthfeel. Not bad.
Simonsen (1117) - NORWAY - DEC 25, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Boks. Lys klar karamellfarge. Beige skumtopp. Lavt karbonert. Smaker malt, korn, karamell, humle. Noe gress. Helt grei men ikke noe ekstraordinært
bbertels (336) - NORWAY - DEC 23, 2014
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Sweet aroma - honey and some pine. Taste subtle but not with too many tones. Short. Not too nice.