Bacterial (2811) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber almost brown pour with a nice off white head that dissipates quickly. Nose is toffee and molasses. Good carbonation and slightly heavy mouthfeel. Slight belgian spice and dark raisin and fig in the taste. A nice ester finish consistent with the style.
cards04 (2630) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Man these guys know how to make great beer. Pours a deep chestnut brown. Aromas are strong raisins and prunes. Flavors are sweet dark fruits, some apple, and strong slightly toasted malts at the end. Fantastic.
ModeEngage (152) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
http://imgur.com/4SUxwGn -- Bottle. Pours hazy brown with off-white head that lasts. Smells of cinnamon, belgian yeast notes, astringency, and sweet bread. Drinks with mild alcohol and little lingering bitterness. Full bodied. Tastes of dark fruit, wood, brown sugar, biscuit, and dark bread. Lingering biscuit finish. Delicious and to style.
visionthing (4736) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a shared 75cl bottle at RBNG-14. Pours deep amber with an off-white head. Sweet , caramelly and fruity aroma with mild malty notes and noticeable alcohol. Smooth, but too sweet for me. (2014-02-15 - Grand Tasting, Fredriksten festning, Halden)
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin tanned head. Almost clear dark ruby colored body. Rich malt nose. Fresh sourish-sweet with dark creamed caramel, tinned dark fruits, bread-crust and some fine herbal tones. Full-bodied. Smooth and creamy in the mouth. Big dark caramelly malt base. Plummy fruitiness. Rounded roastiness. Spice and cellar notes. Warming, long gently roasty-sweet ending. Really good stuff. [Shared bottle at Grand Tasting, RBNG2014]
abemorsten (3508) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the RBNG-14 Grand Tasting courtesy of Inbreak. Clear ruby mahogany colored body with a white rim. Spicy rock sugar with raisins on the nose. Sweet and salty flavor. Full bodied. Alco warm.
Minderbinder (3264) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some gusher action at opening. Pours very dark ruby with low beige head. Nice lacing. Aroma is of fruits, alcohol, caramel. Taste is of fruits, caramel, sugar, alcohol, slight oxydation? Palate: Full bodied. Soft carbonation, slighty sticky mouthfeel. Overall: Good, fruity. Not outstanding.
ClubGonzo (5406) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sample @ RBNG-14. Deep ruby-hued brown body, medium creamy off-white head. Nose is caramel, Norwegian brown cheese, deep malts, cream, chocolate and hints of raisins, plums and prunes. Taste is deep malts, raisins, caramel, red fruits and hints of plums and burnt sugar. Full body, medium carbonation. Very smooth and nice, as mostly from AleSmith. Probably the best beer from the Grand Tasting session at Ratebeer Norway Gathering 2014 IMO.
mathieuc (3257) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gusher? Weird. Pours a dark brown topped by a small offwhite rim that offers light lace. Nose is of raisins and various dark fruits, brown sugar and alcohol. Taste is sweet but not quite cloying and offers some fruity caramel flavors. Body is full, mouthfeel sticky and syrupy. I didn’t like it as much as my other colleagues, not sure what I missed though. Maybe I’ll rerate sometime in the future.
czar (7525) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared by mathieuc, thanks bro. pours clear ruby-copper with a frothy light beige-reddish head, good retention and lacing. raisins-plenty, other dried dark red fruits; doughy, nutty, fruity and chewy caramel, belgian yeast, few bananas/bubblegum, dark candi, pepper, other spices - cardamom. moderate carbonation, light to medium body - lean for its abv, bittering grassy-spicy finish. very good!