yngwie (11755) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. It pours a clear, copper colored body, and a two-finger beige head soon settles as a thin, dense layer of beige bubbles. Looks really nice actually. When all of the bottle is poured into the glass, the before clear beer turns unclear, but is still good-looking. The aroma has a distinct piney accent, before some notes of fresh lemon peel and the sweetish malts shine through. Not much alcohol detected, but some dried fruits lurks in the background. It’s sweet in the mouth, quite warming and definately full-bodied. A fine bitterness follows you from the first sip to long after the swallow, and has company of caramel, dried fruits like sweetness, green pinecones and a touch of lemon peel. Maybe a bit overcarbonated, but nothing ruining the joy. A pleasant beer definately not meant to be drank by numbers, easily giving you thirty minutes of relaxation. 100612
hopscotch (8375) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (2008)… Murky, deep caramel ale with a large, creamy, off-white head. Fantastic retention. The aroma is a medley of caramel, fruitcake, date, fig and roasted malt with a hint of fallen red apple. Medium to full-bodied with a dry mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. The flavor provides medium to heavy alcohol and woody hop bitterness, low acidity and modest sweetness. I’m picking up some caramel and nutshells. Warming, bitter, and then dry finish. A touch over-attenuated at this point and autolysis may be just now starting to creep in, but still nice overall... as of today. Tomorrow? Who knows? If you’re hanging on to one of these, go ahead and open her up. Thanks goes out to Grovlam for providing the bottle!
Bov (8829) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 5, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
from crackedkettle.com - very dark brown colour under a long lasting dark beige foam; hoppy nose with aroma of marzipan, plums and black chocolate; full-bodied, thick and very bitter; very long aftertaste of tar, coffee and chocolate, very roasted and with warming alcohol notes - wonderful!
nimbleprop (3875) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
25cl bottle pours hazy copper, orange with a thin, creamy white head. Salty, malty, caramel aroma, doughy, raisins, apples, pears, yeast. Flavor is sweet, salty, raisins, bread, malts, oranges, salted caramel. Finish is full bodied and sticky.
GT2 (7044) - Riverslime, California, USA - APR 12, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar. Pours a hazy, deep amber with little retention and lace. Sweet malty aroma, some booze, toffee, cordials. Taste is boozy, some bitter pine atop a cloyingly sweet body. Eh.
Travlr (9869) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar - thanks! Murky brown, thin tan head, good lacing. Aroma of butterscotch. Taste is bitter, acidic, caramel, cream soda. Average.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Oxidized, cherry, sherry nose, tons of caramel. Taste is disgustingly sweet, sickening amount of caramel, some pine, light citrus.
BoBoChamp (4695) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
25cl, recently retired Danish brew, thx to Jeppe!, complex brew, balanced, cloudy, good head, very good brew, yet expensive
Embrouille (2774) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 25cl. It pours a nut brown beer with nicely lasting decent-sized light beige head. The aroma is mainly of caramel, tobacco, citrusy piney hops and brown sugar. Full bodied. Subtle carbonation. Caramel is most present in the taste. Nice balance. Good hop profile. Strawberry sneaking in. Warming, slightly peppery on the swallow. Late bitterness. Long bitter finish which is reminiscent of dried apricot, aniseed, tobacco, mint, liquorice allsorts and strawberry. A nice barley wine without a lot of character but still rather pleasant.
Beertracker (13) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 2, 2009
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amager Mikkeller Kølle pours up with a light carbonation that creates a small beigeish head that neatly sits atop the hazy, orangish-amber body. The aroma is very grassy with an almost cheesy/stale hop character that unforntunately dominates over the rich underlying Munich maltiness & fruitiness that’s reminiscent of carmalized apples, ripe figs & spicy prune compote. There’s a noticeable alcohol character as it warms. The flavor starts off with a heavy toastiness followed by some burnt caramel sweetness supplimented by a moderate fruitiness, but again the heavy "odd" stale hop character(s) & bitterness combined with a wet, leathery character really detracts from the overall enjoyment. There’s a bit of cheek warmth on the back end that enhances the complexity. I bet the Simcoe hops really stood out in its youth, but unfortunately this one has aged past its prime, but it still rates because of the rarity factor. This would pair well with some traditional soused herring & mild Edam cheese. Here’s to Amager which is one of the smallest breweries in the world!
*Taster’s Note: Thanks 2 beerhandy for sharing this interesting collaboration!