ClubGonzo (4030) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample @ Beer Enthusiast Release Tasting, Bergen. 2008 edition. The finisher for the evening, and doubtlessly the most anticipated (at least on my behalf). Pours a dark cognac body, with no head to be seen. Not so strange, perhaps, since this has been allowed to oxidize to a large extent even before bottling. Nose has intense port wine notes with loads of dark, dried fruits, cognac, wood, hints of caramel and the classic caramelized Norwegian bread spread "brunost" ("brown cheese"). Taste holds lots of caramelized brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, wood, hints of bitter grass and the "brunost" again. Intense. The vanilla re-surfaces with some dark sugary notes in the aftertaste, which is long and borderline sticky. This is more a dessert than a dessert wine substitute, but I quite like it. Original, intense and very, very sweet. Looking forward to more from Le Baladin for sure. :-)
Rune (8065) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicately served in a snifter glass, 100ml from tap at Open Baladin. Clear golden brown coloured body. Naked on the surface. Dark and dried fruity smell with fresh apricot notes coming through. Comprehensive taste profile including hints of dark vanilla, almond, caramel and prunes. Herbal dryness to the ending alongside warming alcohol and dark malty bitterness. Sherry-like texture. A sipper par excellence (Roma, 31.03.2012).
Moliere (27) - Viterbo, ITALY - APR 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cosa puoi aspettarti da una birra del genere? Quantomeno di rimanere sorpreso nello scoprire quanto sia piccola la distanza che la separa da vino. Questa birra da divano non si dimentica facilmente.
theoncle (57) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAR 29, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Color coure i sense gens d’espuma. L’aroma es de malt fruital, de raim i prunes, dolses notes de fusta, xocolata i alcohol. El sabor es de suaus cireres, panses i xocolata, algunes notes torrades, caramel i pruna. Ben equilibrada i agradable. Si no avises, no sospitaran que estan prenen una cervesa, ideal copa després de un bon menjar. Espectacular!
magdalar (513) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - MAR 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011-01-22. Small pour from a precorked bottle. Pours a clear syrupy light brown, with no head. Smells very port-like, very sugary, lots of spices. Tastes amazingly smooth. Velvety texture. High sweetness, a mild bitter, and a great blended balance. Texture is syrupy. Finishes sweet.
KyotoLefty (6466) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
10 cl pour from the bottle at Open Baladin Roma. HUGE toffee nose, with raisins, light acid, buttery-oily, butterscotch really. Dark amber-brown. Flat. Flavor of mellow toffee, plums, butter, oak, light vanilla, and a touch of cooked peaches. Prefect mouth feel. Wonderful, strange, and original. It seems at once to be far to sweet, but then it seems perfect. Love it.
maledictum (613) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - FEB 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Still copper/rich orange colored pour. Nose of caramel, alcohol, toffee, and maple. Taste of alcohol, maple, bourbon, with a medium body that has a nice caramel finish. These Xyauyu beers are all fantastic!!
omhper (19383) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Deep ruby, no head. Aroma of madeira as well as soy sauce, like SA Triple Bock. Very sweet and hugely full bodied with viscous mouthfeel. Very intense. Meady menthe, intensely warming sherry. Faint notes of coffee. On some sort of edge between overly sweet and fantastic. This beer certainly grabs your attention.
Marsiblursi (3005) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours dark red with no head. The aroma holds honey, nuts, sherry, caramel, grain, light wood, some dried fruits and earthy tobacco. Warming, oxidized and straightforward nose. The flavour is heavily sweet, light to medium bitter and tiny acidic. Notes of honey, nuts, caramel, sherry, spices, earth, dried fruits and old hops. The mouthfeel super sticky with almost no carbonation. Lingering sweet aftertaste. Near full bodied.
Mortlach (962) - Rome, ITALY - JAN 16, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
06/04/2011 500ml bottle (2007). Meraviglioso colore ambrato cognac, intensissimo, limpidissimo, con vive note ramate, schiuma assente. Completamente piatta e ossidata. Aroma intenso e caldo di frutta, si percepisce nettamente l’alcol. In bocca fruttata, vinosa, dolcissima, eppure incredibilmente bilanciata. Corpo medio-pieno, consistenza liquorosa. Sembra uno Sciachetrà delle Cinque Terre. Complessa, esaltante, assolutamente unica nel suo genere.