Ægir Der Kollaborator
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Brewed by Ægir Bryggeri
Style: Doppelbock
Flåm, Norway


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
A collaboration brew by Ægir and Nøgne Ø. They are both brewed the same way, with the same ingredients and the same brewers, but in different breweries and with different water.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer5000 (5900) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2011
On tap @ Patricks. Tasted side by side with the Nøgne Ø version. Dark brown body with a small beige head, less darker than NØ. Aroma of sweet malt, coffee and dry fruit. Smells similar to the NØ versjon but slightly stronger with more fruit and no tobacco. Flavor is sweet malt but with less hops than NØ e.g. more hop aroma and less hop bitterness. Full body and long aftertaste. Feels a bit lighter than the NØ version still very nice. Easier to drink but less malt flavor. Somehow this one is closer to a shwartzbier and NØ is closer to a barley wine to explain the difference.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (11120) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 3, 2011
I had a taster of this on tap at Amundsen just after I had finished the NØ version. This one is not as dark in body colour as the one from NØ. Has got a low, beige head leaving fragile lacing at the glassware. Semi-sweet, malty nose. Dark caramel, anise and notes of dried fruits to the taste buds. Lingering spiced bitter ending. Foamy in the mouth. Pleasing stuff (Oslo, 26.09.2011).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (10944) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 27, 2011
Draught @ Patricks Pub og Restaurant, Kristiansand
Pours dark brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and licorice. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (7873) - Sandnes, NORWAY - SEP 26, 2011
On tap at Cardinal. Side by side with the Nøgne Ø version. Pours a tad lighter than the Nøgne Ø version, and with a more solid and tanned head. Aroma is light roasted malty, bock-ish. In the mouth this one is lighter but with a more rich mouthfeel than NØ version. Sweet caramel and nutty malts blended with a nice burning alcohol. The aroma opens up a lot as the temperature rise in this one. Nice bitterness in the end from the hops and alcohol.Lingering and warming aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
abemorsten (3565) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - SEP 25, 2011
Tap at Cardinal. Clear, deep orange with a fingerthick, rocky, light brown head. Fruity, wine gum, spicy band aid nose. Sweet, alcoholic, toasted, bitter flavors with dark fruits present. Full body. Syrupy. Alcoholic warmth. Closer to the type than it’s Nøgne Ø counterpart.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
garza (573) - Oslo (NO), Caracas (VE), VENEZUELA - SEP 25, 2011
Pours muddy brown with creamy beige head. Far caramel aroma, very subtle. Spices and malts on the nose too, but again, very subtle. Medium bitterness, lightly sweet, smoky notes, caramel flavour. Medium body, thin feel, average carbonation, dry and bitter finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (5416) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 23, 2011
On tap @ Naboen, Bergen. This one is more light-hued in its appearance than the NØ version; near-orange hazy brown body with a creamy beige head very similar to NØ’s Kollaborator. Aroma is a bit less pronounced as well, but with clearer caramel tones along with dark malts and small hints of wood. Taste is similarly different: deep malt-caramel tones with heavy, sticky near-floral honey-like "fuzzy" sweetness; seems to me the hops and sugars interact to make the sweetness kinda rough and unpolished around the edges. The alcohol is also evident as it blends with the other components; never too much but definitely boosting the overall rough stickiness of this intense doppelbock. It is sweeter and less smooth than NØ’s version - sometimes verging on being a bit cloying - but without the roasty touches, which actually makes for increased drinkability considering the dense, thick and almost too full mouthfeel. Hints of nuts in the aftertaste. This is a perfect example of the doppelbock genre; very well made by Ægir but lacking the finer touches which could have taken it considerably higher. I do suspect this will gain a smoother and more refined shape after some cellar time but I doubt I’ll ever have the opportunity to taste a bottled version of this in the years to come. All in all the race is REALLY close between Nøgne Ø and Ægir on this beer. I do think Ægir’s version is slightly better in terms of drinkability and genre-closeness - plus I have a sweet tooth - but this is a neck-and-neck race for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
espenra (994) - Kurland, NORWAY - SEP 22, 2011
On tap at Håndverkerstuene. Dark brown colour with a red hue. Small light brown head. Lots of caramel and toffee in the aroma. Flavour is sweet. Very sweet. Sugar, syrup, caramel. Some hint of oak. Short aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palme (4120) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 22, 2011
Tap @ Naboen, Bergen. Tasted head to head against it’s brother Nøgne/Ægir - Kolaborator, and it’s imidiately quite easy to see the difference on there two "identical" brews. This one is a dark hazy brownish-red beer with a quickly fading and sidesticking wooden-brown and light bubly head. The beer is of course served way to cold, so it takes a while before it gets that nice, sweet, dark malty, nutty, caramely and light chocolatish aroma. But it’s defenitely there if you’re just a bit patience. Average to lively carbonation, quite full-bodied and it has a mild sticky to creamy mouthfeel. Flavors are not as sweet as I could have feared. It’s loaded with dark malts, has a strong and sweet dark caramel flavor, some nuts and notes of dried fruit in the finish. Ends warming with a light yeasty hint in the aftertaste. Solid doubble bock that I suspect will be really great after a year in the cellar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (6719) - Tau, NORWAY - SEP 21, 2011
On tap at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV was said to be 7%. If the two versions were labelled correctly: The Ægir version has a ruby colour (significantly paler than the Nøgne Ø version), The aroma is more moderate, but the notes of smoke are distinct. Drier flavour, more carbonation, medium sweet. More distinct notes of liquorice and smoke. Salty notes.

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