rlgk (9025) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Clear amber/mahogany beer with a small but lasting offwhite head. Malty caramel aroma, grassy hops, fruity, vinous, toffee, vanilla, pine, floral, some licorice. Malty fruity aroma, warming alcohol, vinous, vanilla, hoppy fruity notes, citrus, caramel, pine, toffee. Finish brings warming alcohol, vanilla, toffee, caramel, some pine neeles, and mango. Very interesting mix of beers.
Scopey (5292) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from BD Shoreditch. It pours deep reddish-amber with a medium beige head. The nose is candy, caramel, raisin, plum, grape, vanilla, sweet whisky, wood and plenty of fruit cake. The taste is sweet bubblegum, brown sugar, raisin, plum, prune, golden syrup, smoke, wood, toast, light bitterness, varnish, spice, mild astringency and medicinal notes with a bitter-sweet finish. Full body, fine, prickly carbonation and viscous mouth-feel. Good depth of flavour, but it is ultimately rather sweet and sticky. OK for a small pour, but I couldn’t through much of this...
lusikka (5175) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle.
Pours an amber colour with a slightly off-white head. Aroma of heavy sweet English toffee, raisins, wood, weak vanilla notes and whisky. Rich flavour of heavy sweet maltiness, wood, vanilla, grassy bitterness, orange juice, spruce, burnt sugar and some herbal notes. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Alcohol comes through too much. For those with a sweet tooth.
olio (5125) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle.
Pours clear dark mahogany color with a small head. Aroma has lots of sweet ripe fruits and caramel, some malts, toffee and sugary notes also, alcohol comes through as well. Flavor is also extremely sweet with caramel and ripe fruits, some sugar, malts, nutty notes and faint wood. Sticky sweet palate, lingering caramel finish. Way too sweet, but manages to keep the alcohol at bay on some level.
BoBoChamp (5014) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl, no details found on the bottle (see fancy box), new exclusive Scottish brew Anno 2013, from Geers Oostakker, very complex brew, sweet/woody and slightly alcoholic/fruity, yet not to heavy, balanced, clear, small head, very good and original brew, yet very expensive!, WOW!
Borup (4887) - Albertslund, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of fruit, alcohol, oak and spice.
laiti (4799) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2013
33 cl bottle @ William K Kurvi.
Aroma has alcohol, lots of raisins, some glue and sweet, heavy malt typical to American strong ales. Flavour has alcohol, woody notes, fruity and heavy malt, some caramel and toffee. Boozy but warming. Tastes like a typical American strong ale, the scotch is well hidden.
SaintMatty (4499) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml Bottle - Dark brown in colour. Caramel, hops and nuts in the aroma. Hoppy, warming and fruity taste with nuts, caramel, toffee and dried fruit.
mjs (4168) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, 0.33 l, at William K Kurvi, 20131109) The beer poured deep mahogany coloured and clear. Its head was small and white. Aroma had vanilla, wood, malts and sweetness. Palate was full bodied and warming with medium carbonation. Flavours were wood, vanilla, malts, sweetness, fruitiness and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty, boozy and bitter. An interesting brew but not really a good one.
gyllenbock (3948) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at BrewDog Stockholm, November 2013.
Amber with a small head. A lot of malt in this one with interesting undertones of hops. Also dried fruit, wood and some notes of hay. The body was full and the mouthfeel oily. The finish was long and with warming alcohol. A beer to sip in peace.