Beerhammaren (1272) - FINLAND - SEP 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
.5l bottle from Alko Arkadia
Pours black with no head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, dark, alcohol. Syrup. Flavor is dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, some hops, dark fruits, whisky notes. Swell!
Kavu (2662) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2014 0,5l bottle from the flagship Alko. Pours dark amber with a very low head. Aroma is surprisingly weak, sweet roasted malts with some alcohol. Flavor is sweet roasted malts with some dark fruits and warm alcohol. Nice.
(171214) The aroma is not really so weak, so one step up there.
slowrunner77 (6569) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
"jack daniels? never would have guessed by the softness of the flavor and feel of this beer. Exceptionally soft and smooth on the palate, robust flavor of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, whisky, roast and faint graham cracker. similar aroma, maybe even a little mellower. quite delicious."
nimbleprop (5477) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50cl bottle pours a murky, deep brown with some creamy, ringing, beige head. I’d put up this nose against some of the best barrel aged stouts and porters out there. Mild booze, a little corn, vanilla, coconut, raisin, pencil lead, cherry cordial, mild smoke, licorice. Flavor is malty, sweet, black licorice, quite a bit of molasses, prunes, raisins, cherries, vanilla, caramel, mild coconut. The licorice presence tips the hand that this is a Euro-beer. Finishes incredibly smooth, and oily, lightly sweet. Very well done.
tfredvik (1297) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My birthday beer this year! Pours a clear body with a brown to copper colour that is so dark that it’s almost black. The light-brown head is tiny, short-lived and doesn’t leave much lacing. Sweet, roasted and strong aroma of dark caramel, dark chocolate, well integrated whiskey (yup, this is definitely not peaty Scotch whisky), with pleasant notes of vanilla and dark dried fruits in the back. Delicious and strong flavour of huge amounts of dark chocolate, dark caramel, gentle un-peated whiskey. Also some coffee, extremely well integrated alcohol, and faint hints of apricot kernels. Moderate sweet taste with a moderate bitterness in the long finish. The body isn’t as full as I’d expected from a beer with this high ABV. The texture is oily and the carbonation is very, very soft, too close to flat for my liking. Still, a wonderful brew, although maybe not worth the 240 NOK I payed for this one.
[50 cl bottle, batch 160LYN, bottle 225, enjoyed 4 years after brewing, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]
daknole (10041) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich, inky black pour. Nice brown head. Thick and quite delicious. Bourbon is prominent, chocolate persists throughout, a nice structured roast fills this one out nicely. Really good.
ericdevin (985) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Corvallis Brew Supply, Corvallis. Pours a medium dark brown with slight tan head. Nose huge, booze, wood, smooth. Sharp, acidic. Body full and fluffy, burning after taste, but complexity of barrels is lovely.
jookos (3123) - FINLAND - MAY 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (thanks hermod!). Black. Dark roasted, woody, bourbony oaky, with some soy. Surprisingly easy body for the full nose. Med full, but easily palatable, no abv nor stickyness. Real nice one. An oaky, dry chocolate, dangerously easily drunk.
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SperkeleForce (696) - FINLAND - MAY 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 50 CL. Pours black ,with brown white lacing head. Notes of mämmi, bread, coffee, chocolate. Easy to drink. Hides the alcohol very well.
Hermod (3878) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAY 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50cl bottle. Black color, brown thin head. Vanilla, sweetness, wood, licorice aroma. Flavor has vanilla, sweetness, bourbon, caramel. Long vanilla finish. Excellent stuff.
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