Rune (6961) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 18, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
After having tried to get this one in Glasgow and Edinburgh I finally found a 375ml bottle at Mikkeller Bar. Bottle no. 1602, shared with two fellow Norwegians at the bar. Jet black body. Bright naked surface. Dark bread and sweetness of anise to the nose. Likable taste profile of dark fruits and dark berries on a vanilla oak backbone. Sherry impression. Long-lived ending with strong, but well integrated, alcohol warming down the throat. Superb sipper (Copenhagen, 09.05.2012).
phaleslu (5210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks again, Blake! Bottled 20.02.09, number 2929/3600. Pours a deep, opaque brown color with a small dark tan head. Aroma of rich chocolate, molasses, charred oak, vanilla, coconut, and coffee. Flavor of molasses, dark fruits, caramel, fudge, coconut, vanilla, and oak- not as roasty as the nose. Medium-full bodied, with a smooth, sweet mouthfeel and low carbonation. 12.5% ABV is totally masked. Really rich and smooth and nice.
gam (2919) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
No real head very dark pour soft mild carbonation aromas liquorice caramel alcohol chocolate coffee dark fruit the flavours sweet liquorice raisin alcohol rich caramel plum burnt chocolate strong bitter lovely smooth maltiness hoppy fruit mix spicy note the finish good aftertastes rich and smooth malts dark dry fruits lovely sweetness and bitter classy imperial
Foffern (995) - Bodø, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2012
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared with (and great courtasy of) the fantastic Bergen tasting crew with such stars as ClubGonzo, Inbreak and Palme, and the mighty StoreMy. Has a deep brown colour, almost black, with a light brown head. Smells like dried fruit, prunes, dark chocolate, alcohol, leather, slightly burned, and surprisingly some cat piss. Dried fruits, leather and roast also in the flavour, with licorice, liqueur, port wine, black currant, and the beer feels slightly acidic. Oily mouth feel. A magnificent beer with a wonderful taste.
gyllenbock (3712) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Black with a tan head. Way too sweet both in the aroma and taste. 5 cl was enough for me. I did notice licorice, some vanilla, soy sauce and some wood.
daniele (4507) - ITALY - APR 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
scura schiuma media non molto persistente cioccolato morbida liquorosa dolciastra
laiti (4559) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
37,5 cl bottle@ lusikka, bottle #1740, bottled 20.02.2011
Aroma is roasted and slightly sweet with cocoa. Flavour is oversweet with sugar and cocoa. Smooth palate. Some stinging alcohol starts to occur at the end of the glass. Like AB:04, but without the chili.
lusikka (5019) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle. Bottled on 20.02.2011. Bottle #1740 of 3600.
Pours a black colour without a head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Flavour of roasted malts, dark chocolate, sweet berries, coffee, coconut and some wood. Wine-like. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and a roasty, sweet and berry-driven finish. Soft carbonation. A bit too sweet, but still really tasty.
olio (4838) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle. Bottled on 20.02.2011. Bottle no. 1740/3600.
Pours pitch black color with small beige head. Aroma of tar, syrup, caramel malts, sugar candy, vanilla and berry notes. Flavor of sweet sugar candy, caramel malts, toffee, vanilla, mild roasted malts and dark chocolate. Very sweet and sticky palate with very faint sourish berry nyances. hmph.
tiong (2796) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled on 20.02.2011 - Bottle #1740/3600 - Pours pitch black with virtually no head at all. Aroma of roasted malts, cocoa, chocolate and coffee. Taste is quite sweet and roasty with hints of chocolate, cocoa and syrup. Finish is sweet and slightly roasty with hints of alcohol. A bit too sweet for my taste, and slightly unbalanced.