ClubGonzo (2695) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from bottle @ Hanne På Høyden’s Christmas beer tasting and season finale for VANØ Bergen. :-) Pours a deep brown body with virtually no head. Nose is immediate alcohol, plums, dates, caramel pudding, roasty malts, dark chocolate and hints of coffee and sawdust. Highly complex. Taste is sweet licorice - surprisingly enough, as there was very little in the aroma - dark chocolate, roasted malts, booze and blue cheese, for some reason. Hints of soy, wood and port wine. Slightly oily palate. Nice and (obviously) warming, but a bit too huge and hot. A few years in the cellar will most likely give this beer the balance and integration it needs. The biggest surprise was the lack of fusels and alcohol, in both aroma and taste. Of course, it’s there, but at 19 % one might expect a whole lot more. Rather good, even now.
Finn (3090) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Flaske 0,5l. Generøst donert av Rune som aperitif under Feuerzangenbowle hos Charly & Manu i Thyholdtvn. Ultramørk. Litt rødfarge skimtes ved kraftig motlys. 0 skum. Aroma som en sherry. Litt svisker, rosiner og plommer i tillegg. Veldig bra. Smaksbildet blir totalt overdøvd av alkoholen men en kan ane forskjellige fruktnyanser. Vinøs. Ettersmaken har et tørt alkoholpreg. Ikke helt vellykket. Har selv noen flasker i bestilling. Tviler at de kommer, men i tilfelle skal de bli satt til lagring. Antar at dette ølet blir veldig bra om noen år.
esp0r (1258) - NORWAY - DEC 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
2011 edition bottle shared at the Daje Yule Beer Sessions 2011
Dark brown, black in glass, no head at all. Very nice laces. Smells of raisins, nuts, alcohol and soy sauce. Totally malty, tons of sweetness and liquorice. Very oily palate. Almost like drinking port. Nice bitter finish.
This is still to raw and rough. I’m putting a couple of bottles into storage and hopes it will develop some more
OleR (4247) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled @Juleølpremieren, Jacobs Kirke, Oslo. Naked surface. Body is dark brown with good clarity. Aroma of rich and sweet alcohol-soaked dark caramel. Notes of English fruitcake and sweet-scented licorice. A rounded sweetness from the alcohol, not at all stingy or harsh as feared. Big fat malt body. Appears like extraced dark caramel. Substantially sweet. Notes of rum&raisin, licorice and roasted nuts. A fair amount of bittering hops underneath. Syrupy mouthfeel. Heavy alcohol warmth in a long malty aftertaste. For the monsterous 19% abv, this is an impressingly complex and balanced heavyweighter.
abemorsten (1854) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampler from bottle at the Nærbø Ølfestival 2011 Pours clear, deep mahogany, the color of coca cola, with a short lived brown film. Boozy, sweet dark fruits on the nose. Heavy salty, alcoholic sweet and bitter flavors with earthy dark dried fruits present. Full body. Smooth, alco warm. Thick, creamy mouth feel.
krihox (30) - Trondheim, NORWAY - NOV 19, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted November 17. 2011: Smells alcohol. Not surprising with 19 %. golden color. Interesting beer, but need some storing.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
gunnar (3584) - Sandnes, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours pitch black with a tiny head. Aroma of smooth liquorice, hard roasted malts, dark caramel, smoother than last years edition. Taste is mineralic, almost umami, salt meat and salty liquorice. Alcohol presence, but not as much as feared.This is a beer for the long evenings. Perhaps cellaring would serve this beer well?
thebeertourist (4269) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with hardly any head. Licorice and chocolate aroma in abundance, hints of salty meat. Warming alcohol in the mouth, rummy notes, lots of salty licorice, ending quite sweet. Full-bodied as few, quite sirupy. The alcohol is a bit too pronounced for me, but it is still a rather complex beer. To be enjoyed by sips- maybe 0.5 litre is too big a bottle for a beer like this?
Sigmund (4165) - Tau, NORWAY - OCT 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2011 Rerate, 500 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV 19%. Very dark brown colour, nearly black. Just a little tan foam on top, not what you would call a "head". Malty and roasty aroma, hints of salty liquorice, old rope and oak. The flavour is intensely malty and roasty, with loads of sweetness and salty liquorice. The alcohol is clearly present. Interesting beer, but a bit too far out on the weird side. 15% ABV (2010 version) was strong enough ... Original rating: Sample at Ølfestivalen Nærbø. Very dark brown colour, nearly black. Strong and intensely malty aroma and flavour, moderate roasty notes. Also notes of fortified wine. Decent hoppy bitterness too. Warming mouthfeel, of course - but the beer feels surprisingly balanced, and not extremely alcoholic for its 19% ABV. Will rerate as soon as I get a whole bottle.