tfredvik (1435) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I would assume that a brewery puts hard-to-remove plastic corks on their bottles for a reason. Maybe because they are of exquisite quality and allow the beer to be stored and matured for years and years? Or maybe because they’re cool and makes the bottle look expensive and the brewery doesn’t care about the quality? I fear that the latter is the case here, because when I start to pour the medium brown copper-ish liquid it looks close to flat, as was the case for the AB:06 I had a few weeks ago. The head, if I can use that term, is tiny and consists of a fully covering film with a few big bubbles sailing on top. Virtually no lacing is left on my glass. The very strong aroma is a strange and unfresh mix of seriously overripe fruits, dark caramel and chocolate. Very unusual, but at the same time quite interesting! The taste is very sweet, and the moderate bitter finish balances the sweetness quite ok. The flavour profile is not unsurprisingly very special. I’ve never tasted anything like this before, so kudos for being innovate! I get overripe fruits, dark dried fruits like raisins, sherry, herbs and in the back dark chocolate, dark caramel and citrus. The mouthfeel is partially ruined by the almost completely flat carbonation, but I can imagine that the full body, the lovely vinous alcoholic feel and the oily texture would have been stunning with some bubbles. A strange and interesting beer.
[37.5 cl bottle (#7593/7902), enjoyed 1.5 years after bottling, from Vinmonopolet Storo, Oslo]
Geiserich (3739) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAY 26, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Intensive malty aroma, caramel, candy, oak barrels, some fruitiness. Amber color, low off-white head. Flavor is malty with light sugar notes but mainly oak barrel flavor, chillie, honey, ash, dark chocolate and dark fruits. Not worth the price.
HopRedHead (397) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours golden orange with a short, creamy white head and medium lacing. Nose is caramel chocolate, honey and butterscotch. Smells like a sweet barley wine. Flavour is thick and sweet, lots of caramel, honey and apricot. Also plum-esque vinous/red wine flavour and tongue coating. Massive lingering sweetness and hidden booze. Interesting style, I'd definitely drink it again.
maneliquor (3474) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours orange with pretty much no head, just a few bubbles. What the fuck.... wasn’t expecting that on the nose. Nose very rich and chocolatey with heavy plum and raisin notes. Lots of dark fruit and chocolate combine well and practically deceive your eyes. Speaking of deceiving, the taste does the same. Heavy, dark fruits and powdered chocolate all over. Booze is hidden well, mouth feel is a little thin. Really cool and crazy shit. Had low hopes but it delivered
mcberko (9732) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375mL bottle, pours a hazy amber with a tiny ring of beige head. Aroma of liqueur upfront, with caramel and some treacly dark fruits. Flavour is quite sweet but very complex, with liqueur, caramel, and a little chocolate. Sweet, but not cloying. Lots of complexity, with a lingering finish of toffee and liqueur. Great stuff.
Juseq (158) - FINLAND - MAY 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma has lemon peel and strong but somewhat sweet maltiness with fruits and coffee. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium low carb. Aftermouthfeel is leathery. Taste is blackberries with a strong malty body. Aftertaste is leathery with blackberries being quite bitter. Bottled 061211, hence the dominating blackberryflavor. Not mindblowing but drinkable indeed, decently balanced with the high abv.
Sigmund (5800) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
375 ml corked (plastic cork, nearly impossible to open) green bottle, bought from Vinmonopolet (Nettbutikken) May/June 2012. Bottled on 06.12.11, bottle No. 5665 of 7902 ABV is 11.8%. Beautiful reddish brown colour, low off-white head. Strong oxidised aroma of malts, oak and fusel alcohols, hints of dried figs. Minimal carbonation in the mouth. The flavour is very oaky and oxidised, not very sweet, with moderate hops. Not worth the high price.
spacecube (1378) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 6/12/11, pours a clear golden brown, low carbonation, in the nose syrup, oats and biscuit malts. In the mouth quite sweet but evaporates to a well balanced slightly bitter finish, finishes really nicely. I’d describe this a really good and very strong British style ale. Enjoyed it.
markas101 (2028) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK via Brewdog online shop. Deep amber copper, zero head. Aroma of caramel, Christmas cake, vanilla. Woody first sip, more caramel. Quite sweet, then some balance from hops, but mostly sweet vanilla. Finish is long with rum and oak.
BeerCast_Rich (1905) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[375ml bottle, Appellation Wines, Edinburgh] Every inch the session golden ale on the pour – blondish yellow, with a thin, loose head. Surprising aroma - to be honest, it smelled very similar to opening a box of Sugar Puffs, only slightly vegetal at the same time. However, over the next few sips, the oatmeal really came through and it improved, albeit still whilst tasting breakfasty