JorisPPattyn (7547) - 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?)!
nilsas (650) - Bryne, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 årgang. Sort av farge. Fin duft av kaffe og sjokolade. Gog fyldig smak av kaffe og sjokolade med også en fin sittende smak av krydder.
Gorm (562) - sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Svart farve med lite skum. Lukt av malt, frukt og sjokolade. Smak av malt, sjokolade, frukt, krydder og lakris. Thime Station.
KnutAlbert (5544) - 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.
RuneStumo (1873) - FØRRESFJORDEN, NORWAY - MAR 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
15.03.2013. Shared at the brewery, Egersund. Black colour with tan head. Strong beer with very rich body. Lots of dark malts and lots of alcohol. Very strong bitterness in the aftertaste. Notes of chocolate, liqurice and coffe. There is also some sweetness, that maybe comes from the high alcohol content. Really complex beer with lots of flavours.
Aniela (2228) - Skövde, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown beer with a small beige head. Dark dried fruits, banana, nutty, toffee aroma. Dark dried fruits, licorice, malty, caramell and brown sugar flavour.
Beer4000 (4096) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle sampled in 2011. Dark reddish brown body with no head at all. Aroma of warming alcohol, dry fruit and sweet malt. Flavor is like aroma alcoholic, dark malt, dry fruit with chocolate and decent bitterness. Full body and long lasting aftertaste of sweet malt and alcohol. Rough and sharp edged, but in a nice way – at least in smaller amounts. Will smoothen down when aging.
gunnar (4300) - 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?
yngwie (11749) - 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
tfredvik (796) - 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]