rlgk (10510) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from a trade with Cunningham. Clear deep amber mahogany beer with a very small beige head. Malty vinous aroma, nuts, figs, prunes, raisins, toffee, grapes, sweetish, caramel, banana and dades. Malty alcohol flavor, hazelnuts, caramel, raisins, figs, toffee, roasted notes, brown sugar, prunes. Malty nutty alcohol finish. A nice surprise, considering the huge ABV.
KnutAlbert (6085) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark, syrupy feel. Brandy, smoke, liquorice. Smooth and velvety feel, this is aged long enough to take away the edges. Balanced, despite its extremeness.
tfredvik (1118) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ooooh, this is a black one. The tiny brown head isn’t that long-lived, but I’m a sucker for black bodies. The aroma is filled with christmas in the woods: juniper, pine trees (needles, cones, bark and the lot), heather and dried dark fruits. And of course alcohol. The taste is heavy sweet and moderate bitter, although it’s a bit hard to say what’s bitterness and what’s the alcohol trying to dissolve my palate. The flavours are actually not that strong, but it’s still an overwhelming experience due to the alcohol kick. Dark dried fruits, alcohol, dark dried fruits in alcohol and alcohol with dark dried fruits. And for me this works! It feels extremely thick, full and sirupy, an amazing mouthfeel. A lovely sipper, but I don’t think I would need much more than my tiny sample to fulfil my yearly need of Stelliger Divum. And, seriously, what’s with that name? What’s Stelliger Divum supposed to mean? And who’s anyone supposed to remember such a name after drinking a beer of this strength?
[10 cl sample served in a small but brimful plastic cup@Juleølpremiere 2012, Mathallen, Oslo]
JorisPPattyn (7907) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours viscously, and after much trouble, a dark beige rim forms itself for mere seconds; the beer displaying the colour of old, darkend accajou wood; with very fine pearling. Rich, alcohol and fusels-infused nose, like a rich brandycake. Some vanilla, rumbonen, vinous - as old fortified wine. Dried fruit - bananas, plums, apricots, raisins. Bitterish-sweet, alcoholpossessed flavour; cray, liquorice, all the dried fruits from above with some strawberries thrown in, and a very imposing character as from barrel-aged brandy or similar spirit. Sticky, syrupy, totally viscous and explosive alcoholheat. Wow - a gem. Abject thanks to Vincent and his dealer (Brent?)!
yngwie (13555) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2012 Bottle, at Nærbø Ølfestival. A flat one, at least almost completely, just some beige bubbles. Clear body, dark brown in color. The aroma has loads of sugary dried fruits, maltyness and some meaty hints. Some roasted malts, coffee and a faint chocolate touch in the back. Dried fruits, prunes, malty sweetness and a solid dose of alcohol in the mouth, some saltyness towards the warming finish. Full body, very warming. A tasteful one indeed, quite lovely actually, but it’s next to ridicilous selling a beer at this strength in 50cl bottles. Meant to share I guess... Rating: 8-3-8-3-16-3.8. 111022
Bottle. Almost clear, copper to brown in color and flat as a pancake. Dried fruits, alcohol, roasted malts, raisins, chocolate and coffee on the nose. Intense flavor with lots of dried fruits and alcohol, as well as some coffee and chocolate hints. Full-bodied, pleasantly carbonated and way too warming, but it’s sort of nice in a way. Intense, warming and quite bitter finish. Certainly more burning than the 2010 edition. Would be better off sold in smaller bottles. Rating: 7-3-8-4-16-3.8. 111229
Bottle. It pours an almost clear body, copper to brown in color, and without head. Dried fruits, roasted malts, raisins, alcohol, chocolate and coffee on the nose. The flavor is really intense, it’s warming and full-bodied on the palate, and with a low, but pleasant and sufficient, level of carbonation. Coffee, roasted malts, dried fruits, chocolate and alcohol in the flavor. Very warming down the throat, with a pleasant bitterness. It’s more burning than the slighlty weaker 2010 edition, but I think it’s a better beer anyway, but it would certainly benefit from being sold in nip size bottles. 111229
daje (2450) - NORWAY - JUL 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by esp0r at Yule Beer Sessions 2011
Dark brown, very close to black, no head. Malty aroma with alcochol, raisins, prunes, plums. Taste is dominated by alcohol, but there’s also licorice, raisins, wood, dark chocolate and salt. Still, for 19% the alcohol taste is lower than one might expect, and with some aging I think the beer will become a lot better
TheCellarer (32) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle from Vinmonopolet Sentrum, bought and kindly shared by Rune at Beer session XVIII 030112. Bottle design is okay, does not attempt to lead with the extremely high alcohol percentage. Deep ruby and palisander coloured body, with no head or lacing to speak of. Fragrance of port wine from a dust covered and moldy basement as well as the smell of the basement itself combined with cranberry juice and some spices including caraway. Even if there are significant hints of alcohol in the aroma it is significantly less than what probably could be expected, and much better camouflaged than many beers of less than half its strength. Flavour strongly resembles aroma in an impressive way, and the alcohol is pleasantly warming more than a hindrance to the drinking experience. The dry, full and heavy nature of the brew combine to make it a bit tough to drink but when shared in good company this makes for a tasting experience every wannabe beer aficionado should carry out at least once.
bergstaden (1245) - Røros, NORWAY - APR 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark amber with a small brown head that goes away fast - malt and dark fruits in the aroma along with some alcohol - good malt body with some dark fruit/caramel notes , with some alcohol heat - long lingering finish with some liqerish and some alcohol heat - good and interesting
gunnfryd (10540) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Deep dark brown colour with tan head. aroma is sweet, portwine, alcohol, malt, coffee, hop, licorice, dried fruits. Flavour is licorice, portwine, alcohol, roasted malt, coffee, dried fruits. Powerful beer.
Bathory (458) - Bryne, NORWAY - APR 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty heavy this one with the 19%. Extremely full bodied, oily texture. Very sweet, with aroma of coffee, chocolate, alcohol, licorice, raisin, smoke. Very tastefull. Had this one on Ølfestivalen at Nærbø, Rogaland in a 1dl glass. It was enough with that 1dl that day, but would love to try it again.