Foffern (1428) - Bodø, NORWAY - MAY 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at Beer Enthusiast release tasting. The beer has no head (!), and has a clear dark amber colour. Based on the aroma, this could almost have been a liqueur with a touch of sweet berries, leather, dried fruit, marzipan, cognac and alcohol. Tasted mead recently on another occasion, and this reminds me really about it. Pretty sweet flavour that is full of caramel, liqueur tones, and a little vanlije. A sticky and silky mouth feel. This is a real beer for dessert, either to (a Crème Brûlée perhaps) or as a dessert in itself!
Palme (3603) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from 0.5l bottle @ Beer Enthusiast release party. This is a lovely looking glowing cognac/sherry-colored beer that has basically no head. The aroma is definitely present, and it’s really something! Fantastic sherry-sweet and really vinious with lot’s of dried red fruits, figs, roses, wood, gamy tones, honey, sweet tomatoes and it feels really really complex and delicious. I dare to say that it has no carbonation and it feels like this really thick, sticky and liquid honey-like thing in the mouth. When tasting it my taste buds almost goes bananas! Lots and lots of sweet sticky oxidized caramel, warming alcohol, it’s really vinious and vanilla-woody with dried fruits, fresh figs and dates. Amazing sweet flavors! Will definitely have this again (if I can get it) 23.04.2012
ClubGonzo (4696) - 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 (9300) - 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 (58) - 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 (516) - 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 (7540) - 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 (717) - 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 (21261) - 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.