gnoff (9569) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2006
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
(33 cl bottle thanks to KnutAlbert) Unpleasant skunk like scent. Clear red brown color, tan head. Grainy taste. Low bitterness. Spritzy and thin mouthfeel. Not good.
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber brown with a medium tan head. Smells of pine needles and malts. Taste is abrasive, like a floor wax with a pine needle scent. Very sharp, with flavors of raisens, mint, pine, and soap. Can't say I enjoyed this one at all.
Hansen (8410) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2007
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown and clear. Has a mostly lasting, off-white head. Lightly sweet, malty aroma, a bit roasted. Flavor has a metallic note.
gunnar (7884) - Sandnes, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled @ Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours light brown with a big white head. Sweet caramel aroma, taste is the same, mild,smooth and a distinct bitter finish, not bad.
Svesse (7850) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle, Lorry, Oslo, 5 Nov 2009. 4.7%) Reddish brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty nose with caramel, toasty malt, red berries and hints of spicy hops. Malty taste with notes of caramel, red berries, dark fruit and slightly spicy hops in the finish. Some initial malt sweetness, dries out towards the end. Fairly thin but rather tasty.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Can (courtesy KnutAlbert I think), May 2008. 4.7% according to my notes. Copper colour. Chocolate malt aroma. Some cardboard notes. Relatively dry. Rather thin mouthfeel. Not entirely unpleasant but nothing special.
PorterPounder (7333) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good, malty aroma - at first skunky - but it mellows and sort of grows on you. Kind of a thin pour with a light head. Detect a bit of chocolate undertones -reminds me of a schwarzbier as it has the taste of a stout but not the same heavy feel to them. All in a all a good solid beer.
Ernest (7322) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served at BJ's winter warmer fest, 2002 bottle. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted light bread, caramel, nutty), moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), with notes of peach and orange. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic, lightly astringent. Very well-balanced and clean.
larsga (7297) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 Medium, creamy, tan head with a spattering of larger bubbles; clear,
dark winy red body. Sweet aroma of syrup, cinnamon, and some roast
malts. Aroma is quite thick and satisfying. Roasty taste, with a dry
finish, which lingers in the mouth, together with the roastiness. On
further acquaintance, a bit watery. A good Christmas beer; could use a
bit more sharpness, but a good effort. Certainly better than expected. (0.33l bottle.)
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aged for a few years: Pours a muddy dark copper with some off-white bubbles. Aroma is lightly skunked, but still has a lot of sweet, chocolatey caramel malt and dark fruity complexity. Starts with lots, of sugary malt, dark fruits and decent complexity. This is probably 2+ years old, but has held up well.