thebeertourist (4520) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 18, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours dark as the night with a stable brownish foam. A wonderful aroma of vanilla, chocolate, fruit, marcipan. Some fruity bitterness and tartness countering the roasted coffee, chocolate and marcipan flavours. Dangerously drinkable, appropriate fizziness. What a treat!
Lowenbrau (1448) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - MAR 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
250ml bottle. Nice coffee and wood aromas. Pours black, with nice tan head, persistent, good lacing. Medium body, soft carbonation, oily texture. Taste is liquor, wood, coffee, cacao, very well integrated, Really good one.
Sigmund (4499) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
250 ml (though the label says 375 ml) bottle, from the brewery. ABV is 10.5%. Batch #300. Pitch black colour, moderate tan head. Strong roasty aroma with distinct notes of oak and red wine. Rich and warming mouthfeel. The flavour is oaky and roasty, with notes of red wine, dark dried fruits, coffee, chocolate and liquorice. Impressive stuff.
rlgk (8445) - Skövde, SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Linköping Beer Expo 2012. Bottle. Black beer with a brown head. Roasted malt aroma, licorice, figs, raisins and cocoa. Licorice flavor, figs, roasted, hops, raisins, vinous notes, oaky. Bitter finish with figs and chocolate. Not that much wine which is a good thing.
TheJestersBeer (1874) - SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark, almost black, with a firm brown head.
Complex aromas, roasted malt, wood, vanilla, coffee beans, chocolate, tobacco, hops, ashes, honey, toffee.
Off-dry, full bodied, medium to high bitterness, creamy CO2.
Roasted, woody taste, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, smoke, tobacco, earth, chestnuts, mint, hops, fudge. The wood also adds a small, sour touch which is refreshing, and a fair deal of maturation – marzipan, walnuts, prunes.
Christian (10355) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet black with a lasting off-white head. Nice red wine oaky aroma with some vanilla, red berries, and lots of complex dark malt, chocolate, coffee. Sweetish dark flavour with notable alcohol, complex malt and coffee
Grovlam (4149) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thick creamy light brown color head that mostly lasted and left lovely lacing in the glass. Pitch black color. Aroma of wood, hard roasted malt, dried fruit, chocolate, liquorish and light red wine. Over the palate came warming alcohol with roasted malt, liquorish, dried fruit, chocolate and some dry wood like feel. Full bodied with a soft carbonation and thick dry texture. Moderated to heavy sweet flavor with good counter bitterness. Lingering red wine and liquorish finish with the roasted malty feel at the very end. Great variation of a fantastic beer.
Geokkjer (4991) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle.Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, some roasted grains, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is sweet and malty with some oak, vanilla, roasted grains, red wine and chocolate. Full body, average carbonation.
Theis (12129) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Pitch black - big light brown head. Wooden tartness, dryness, high malty, burned, som hops, coffee, vineous, light grapes, red berries, ok sharp hoppy bitterness, tarmac, kalk, hard burned. Very nice.
LoFi (1432) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a light brown head.
Aroma: chocolate, licorice, buttery red wine.
Taste: chocolate, licorice, soy sauce, oak, red onions, red wine dryness, red berries.
Well balanced, the aging has removed the edges and the heavier flavours from the original Hr. Frederiksen, and has added quite a subtle touch of red wine. That doesn’t improve on the original (where for the record I love those edges) but this is a nice version all the same.