ration (1923) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
091112. Bottle at naamat, tampere. Pours black with a small/no head. Aroma spices, mint, ginger. Strange spicy mix. Not Bad.
Pyrmir (3267) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A very sweet aroma of rosemary and ginger. Taste differed with temperature, at mid temp heavy with ginger, increasing temp brought out the chili flavors.
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - NOV 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2013 Bottle from Beer Ritz. Pours a pitch black, with half a finger of dark tan head. Aroma is a lot of ginger (Fentimans Ginger Beer), gingery cake, a bit of cinnamon. It gave me flashbacks to International Arms Race, and set me up for a disappointment. Taste came as a wonderful surprise. Rich sweet barleywine malt, coffee, chocolate, liquorice, a little bit of spice (from the ginger and chipotle?) and a tiny hint of raspberry. Sweet upfront, but a nice coffee bitterness and a little (but genuine) spiciness, tempered with a touch of alcohol heat balances it really nicely. Complex as hell. To answer gyllenbock’s question "Who buys this junk?" (not entirely sure what he’s looking for - this has complexity by the barrel, and is maturely made and tasty as hell), I do. And I f*cking love it.
Ktwse (1907) - SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from SB. Pours black with fairly big and thick tan head. Aroma is ginger, nuts, roasted malt, soy, cough syrup. Taste is very much cough syrup with a somewhat unpleasant bitterness taking over almost immediately from the initial sweetness. Finish is long but the bitterness, sadly, isn’t great. Body is creamy and thick, with just a hint of oiliness.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In bottle thanks Craig. Pours a very dark brown colour with a fair tan head. A big ginger aroma with cinnamon, raspberries and a hint of smoke. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Nicely bitter with a fair ginger bite at the back. Alcohol is well balanced. Excellent.
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Dark brown/black, thick foamy tan head. Big ginger, softest chipotle spice, light dark chocolate malts, soft berry fruit. Big deep malt sweetness up front, more smooth sweet ginger cake, touch of liquorice, chocolate, light chilli heat, slightly salty juicy berry tartness. Huge complexity, if a tiny bit ginger-dominated. Absolutely loving this.
cgarvieuk (14074) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle at home ... deep black ... thin tan head ... big ginger ... soft fruit .. dark berry nose ... rich malts ... light treacle ... rich toffee malts ... big chocolate ... light fruit zezt ... big ginger ... bit berry in linger ...
Gurthnar (1568) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2012 Bottle 1138. Very dark brown colour. Medium beige head, quickly disappearing.
Aroma chocolate, roasted malt, light peat. Later light fruity notes, forest after rain, more peat.
Light burning sensation in mouth, not sure if chipotle, ginger or just alcohol.
Taste initially medium sweet, toffee, chocolate. Light fruity. Very light coffee. After a while almost medium roasted-peat bitterness kicks in.
Alcohol evident. The finish is tart fruity and earthy, smoked, peat, both sweet and bitter.
Considering the hype, this could be better. Very good, but not exceptionally good.
gyllenbock (4444) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2012
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Sample at a tasting at Systembolaget in October 2012. Bottle 1 of 9819.
Clear, almost black with a small head. What a disaster, almost undrinkable! A mess of ginger, vanilla, spices, alcohol, sweet toffee, lime, some berries and notes of chili. Who buys this junk?
BenH (2198) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours black with tidy brown head. Aroma has massive ginger, lemony, slightly smokey, a manageable amount of alcohol. Taste has lots of ginger again, lots of licorice, little smoke. The flavours are all very nice but a little all over the place and I’m not sure they work together. The raspberries are lost. Thick and sweet with a clean finish. Interesting with some very nice elements. A rollercoaster is a good description