tfredvik (910) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown reddish body, with a slightly tanned, creamy, long-lived head. Very sweet malty aroma with lots of caramel. Also yeast, spices and light fruits, isn’t there an apple in there? Medium sweet taste with a light bitter finish. The mouthfeel isn’t that great: the point is, ladies and gentleman, that alcohol, for lack of a better word, is good. Alcohol is right, alcohol works. Alcohol clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. But in this beer the alcohol is too dominating, both flavour-vice and on the palate. The alcohol doesn’t really do anything for this beer, other than producing a vodka like feeling that shouldn’t be present in beers. At least not in my beers. In addition there is a faint metallic feel. Still, the taste, flavours and aroma are quite good, making this beer drinkable despite its shortcomings.
[33 cl bottle, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]
ChainGangGuy (4272) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 ounce bottle - $3.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a dark brown body, ruby-hued at the edges, and with an initially large, beige head.
Smell: Lightly toasted dark bread, given some sweetish sugary accents and a little sprinkling of ground nuts blended with a variety of fruit notes, a sliver of alcohol, and a lightly earthy yeastiness.
Taste: Fruity, nutty dark sugar crystals, with further fruit-based tastes of ripe plum, hawthorn berries, apple, and grapeskins. Slow-moving maltiness of dark bread given a thin veneer of chocolate powder and sweet dark brown sugar. Slight yeastiness. Pinch of peppercorns. Fairly light touch of alcohol. Lively, fruity, semi-dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation, nicely effervescent.
Overall: The Dark Gold Ale has a pleasant sweetness to it, ample carbonation, the alcohol is fairly well concealed, and delivers a nice mix of flavors. I enjoyed it. One for all, all for one, Musketeer-lookin’ guy!
KyotoLefty (5794) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Asao. Fruity, caramel and chocolate nose. Cherries, raisins. Somewhat spicy yeast. Dark brown with orange tints and a large, tan head. Fruity, chocolate, rich and taaty. A but of tartness, so though it is quite sweet it don’t cloy. Ok, just a little. Really quite tasty with my pork chops.
ekstedt (5082) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (33 cl) from birewzwerg.de. Clear deep copper, medium beige head. Fruity and nutty malt aroma with dark berries and floral hops. Meidum bodied, medium to high carbonation. Semi dry with medium bitterness. Very nice.
gunnar (4740) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 15, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet. Pours dark amber with a big off-white head. Aroma of yeast and red ripe berries. Taste is light malty, vienna malts. Lively carbonation.Yeasty finish.
Cirrhosis (1163) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another offering from my beer mules who cart beer back to me from all over the world, thanks mom and dad!!!! Dark root beer body with a tall tan crown that won’t go away. Lacing is stupidly sticky. Yum yum yum this is one of the first styles I cut my teeth on when starting to drink craft beer but in recent years I have forgotten about it and this just may rekindle my love of the Belgian strong! But ya this smells good, sweet yeasty, perfect spice, mild banana, raisins and port. The aroma is fantastic. Taste also has high degrees of yum. Perfect sweetness it never gets sugary. I love the yeasty banana clove flavors. Great dark fruit presence of raisins , prunes and red wine. Hitting black cherry now and that is the greatest flavor of all. Yep this beer is good!
berlinoise2go (577) - NORWAY - AUG 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (33cl) from Vinmonopolet (Vika), Oslo. Clear dark brown colour with a deep red hue. Large fluffy head, light beige, reducing slowly to a thick fine-bubbled coating, quite a bit of lacing. Malty-estery aroma, fairly sweet, with some fermented fruit, banana, caramel, wood. Taste of sweet malt, with some woody dryness and light bitterness, all in all well-balanced. Medium/full body, average carbonation.
KnutAlbert (5720) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
0,75 l bottle from Vinmonopolet.
Very dark brown, fluffy head.
Sweet malt, velvety smooth.
Not too strong character
The label says a lot about a painter, not much about the beer
OleR (4587) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.33L bottle bought at Vinmonoplet, Vika. Big fluffy airy blond head. Ruby-brown body with good clarity. Fruity belgian-style yeast up front. Then a whiff of red berries and toasted malts. Rich fruit flavor. Berry-like and jammy. Some light caramelly malts, too. Medium full. Slick texture. Fruit and alcohol warmth in the finish. An unusual one. Complex and easy drinkable.
smith4498 (2843) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brownish color with tan head. Aromas of dark fruits, Belgian yeast and candi sugar. Sweet dark raisin and fig flavors with some doughy yeast. Medium body with average carbonation.