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Beer Here Essentia Bina

Formerly brewed at Beer Here
Style: Imperial Porter
Tejn, Denmark
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
Danish: De tider er for længst ovre, hvor skøger, tatere og fusentaster befolkede byens gader, og hvor en ærlig mand ikke regnede det for noget at give gadedrengene eller fruentimmeret et ordentligt dragt prygl. Desværre er der ikke udsigt til at de tider kommer igen, men derfor behøver du ikke gå glip af at smage, hvordan øllet kunne have været dengang. Derfor har jeg her begået en stærk porter, hvor der helt i datidens ånd er snydt på alle måder for at forstærke både farve, smagsindtryk og rus - med bl.a. udtræk af fennikelfrø og brændt sukker (essentia bina). Selvfølgelig uden nymodens pjat som kulsyre og udløbsdato.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2010
bottle pours black with a medium light tan head. Aroma is sweet molasses and roasted malt. Light smoke and toffee flavors with a big boozy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
RasmusOtt (1995) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2014 The body is BIG, taste is BIG. No carbonation in there. pours black and oily, taste of burned sugar, liquorice, burnt malts and some fennel. Interresting beer. I would recomend everyone to split this beer with a friend (:

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2010

Date: March 13, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: black, headless, thick and viscous
Aroma: sweet roasted malt aroma, fruity sweetness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, dark caramel sweetness, lots of roasted, long alcoholic finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 5/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
darkguardian (729) - Florida, USA - APR 1, 2010
7oz bottle thanks to hopscotch for sharing this awesome and super rare gem. Pour is deep black with almost no head. No real carbonation. Ridiculous rich nose of anise, chocolate and soy sauce. Definitely oxidized but it doesn’t really hurt this beer. Cap on outside and inside was all rusted. Flavor is big chocolate and bourbon like character with some light caramel and cherry. Finishes with soy sauce and light saltiness. Really good considering the age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10522) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Bottle (old, rusty cap)… Pours dark brown and mostly clear. No head. The nose is all about smoke, tobacco and soy sauce… ahhh… my beloved Samuel Adams Triple Bock! Is it possible? Silky smooth mouthfeel with no carbonation. The flavor is of rich, dark malts and, oh yeah, there it is; pour it on nice and thick – soy sauce, baby. Very salty; perhaps a bit too salty, if that’s even possible for this old sodium head. Regarding the 16% ABV? Nothing is revealed… at all. Odd, yet delicious and comforting. If I had had sashimi, I would have saved the dregs for dipping. Very nice, but I’m a strange guy. Bottle courtesy of plovmand!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (5071) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2010
This rating - my "crown-awarding" no. 100 - is dedicated to the Norwegian ratebeer community, my father for bringing home the goods, to Mogens for digging into his beer vaults, and to Christian Skovdahl Andersen of Here Beer for his craft beer bravery! :-) And now, the actual rating: Essentia Bina comes to me in the humble appearance of a small, brown 25 cl bottle with a slightly rusty cap. It sort of makes me feel like a diver who’s come out of the ocean with a bottle of rum from a Spanish shipwreck, seaweed and all. Sort of. :-P I open the bottle and pour the oily, black contents into my snifter glass with a certain veneration. This is perhaps the most exclusive, rare beer I’ve had so far in my young rater career. As advertised (for those who can read Danish), its dead flat and sits in the glass like a challenge. The nose is not half as boozy as expected from a steroid-ABV such as this one, but gives away some coffee, licorice...and something else that I can’t really wrap my head around. Exciting indeed. After observing the snifter for about 5 minutes or so, I finally take the first sip. The unusual feeling of a completely un-carbonated beer is so unusual that I can’t make out anything but mouthfeel at first. Silky smooth and velvety, the kind that only vintage ales produce, or perhaps a good port wine. I take another sip, and is faced with something very odd (could it be the fenugreek, the magic x-factor? Then comes a wave of good ol’ coffee, burnt toast and licorice. There’s even some candy sugar traces and cough syrup in there as well, the kind of aroma that makes you believe that Essentia Bina could blow away your cold or sore throat in a minute. Very nice, albeit strange. The finish is a slightly moldy, earthy tone which leaves me wondering whether or not I got this one a bit too late, or if it’s the brewer’s intention. Regardless, it’s not really that disturbing (only a little), and I relish the complex, subtle blend of flavors lingering in my mouth a long time after finishing each sip. Except for the warming feel in my body and a certain vague, burning sensation somewhere in the middle of each sip, there’s no indication of Essentia Bina’s 16 % ABV. I keep sipping the mighty brew slowly, taking breaks only to write this review. This is a worthy no. 100 for me - cheers everybody! ;-)

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
Travlr (19434) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Bottle courtesy of tarheels86. Appearance of used motor oil, no head, no lacing. Aroma of the inside of a vacuum cleaner bag. Taste of low sodium soy sauce. Past its prime, I think. Unpleasant. Good conversation starter, I guess.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 17, 2010
250mL courtesy of madsberg. Pours a used motoroil black with no head, no carbonation. Aroma is soy sauce, alcohol, old world tar, Marmite. Taste is Marmite, soy sauce, deep campfire smoke. I really really want to dip sushi in this! Not sure if I can drink the entire sample but it was hilarious, quite odd, sort of like a more salty version of Sam Adams Triple Bock which you either love or hate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - MAR 1, 2010
A little long ago, but here’s what I remember: The aroma was pretty strong and very roasted. Lots of coffee and dark bread and dark ruit. The flavour as well was very strong and with coffee and some of the spices used are also notable. A nice beer for those seeking the extreme.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rickgordon (3851) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2010
Bottled. 3 Sma Rum. Dark brown colour, minimal foam that lasts for two seconds. Soy and tar, bit meaty in aroma. Thick and more than full-bodied, the liquid is almost chewable. Soy/sauce again. Caramel and syrup, apart from all the black. Pretty raw, but kind of drinkable. Bitterness can’t be sensed at this stage.

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