Sevenlee (1332) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with an beige head. Aroma is malt, fruit, caramel, wine and woody notes. Taste is medium to high sweet leading to a sweet and woody finish. Fantastic!
Experiment_Ale (1004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At my parents with family. Stefan brought me this from Sweden. Pours very dark maroon with thick creamy head. Aroma is tangy tart, musky, full, huge flavor. Taste is tart, tangy, medium acidity, very pleasant dark sour.
highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
If the first beer of the new year is an omen, 2014 is going to be a ripper. This well-travelled Australian-Norwegian collaboration has effectively done a round-the-world trip - from Australia to Norway in a wine barrel and back again by bottle. It’s an atypical quad with a hint of De Dolle (as someone smarter than me points out below. I love the De Dolle range, so we’re off to a flyer.) Lovely appearance: walnut brown with a persistent head. Rich aroma with obvious barrel and red wine notes from the barrel maturation on the trip to Norway. Shiraz barrels would be my guess - definite white pepper on the nose. Also present: blackcurrant, ginger ale and sherbet. The sherbet hints at a sour-sweet character which becomes fully apparent on the tongue. There, the beer reveals itself as an extravagant blend of brown sugars and fruity acids. There are sour cherries, turpentine, shiraz, perhaps even white rum. The body is lush and marshmallow soft. I love beers that take my palate into unexplored territory and this is one of those. Exceptional. (250ml bottle courtesy of Allovate of Perth via Bergstaden of Norway - immense thanks to both for the experience. Batch 866B. BB: 20/12/17)
rlgk (10655) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Cloudy dark amber/brown beer with a nice beige head. Vinous fruity aroma, raisins, figs, yeasty, spicy notes, grapes, some banana notes. Vinous fruity flavor, figs, raisins, warming alcohol, biscuits, caramel, brown sugar, yeasty, some spices. Full bodied, with a sweet vinous finish with warming alcohol.
Gr0ve (2134) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
250 ml bottle. Very dark brown, but clear. Light beige fine head that clings to the glass. Rounded vinegar aroma. Some wood notes. Round malty flavours with quite a bit of alcohol sweetness. Fine carbonation. Wood flavours. Hints of vanilla, but not much. Burnt and charred wood. Interesting beer with some interesting flavours.
NBird (373) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - DEC 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks.. Very far nutty brown, med head. Smells.. Big red wine barrel and some floral notes. Tastes..nutty and dark ale like, some dark fruits, plums and some real red wine barrel flavours.. Good but just a little sweet.
zenkis (572) - Ogre, LATVIA - DEC 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vinegardy-fruity, sour-sweet flavor. Significant presence of toasted/roasted malt. Bitter is quite average, more from malt than hopping. Very mild texture, not so yeasty on tongue, medium+ to full body. Taste - sour and light sweet. Pours deep brown with huge brown-yellowish rocky top. Mouthfeel is soft astringent, as old, matured one. Tasty.
hawthorne00 (2438) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 14C. From a La Chouffe tulip. Almost black with an inch of beige head that’s never less than a fat coat and leaves spots of lace all over the empty glass. Aroma of plums, cherries, raisins, flowers, leather, brown sugar. First whiff is all wine - like a Mt Avoca shiraz - then malty and sour beery notes emerge. And it is quite sour with a creamy, slightly slippery texture that makes it very nimble for its strength. Vibrant fruity flavours of plums, sweet grapes and sour cherries, creeping bitterness. A bit of a zing in the finish again suggests brett, there’s also tobacco, white pepper and lingering sour cherry. Just a touch of booze there too, though it didn’t seem out of place. Reminds me of De Dolle Oerbier a bit. Not really what I was expecting at all.
HopRedHead (360) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours murky dark mahogany with a creamy 3cm of khaki head. Smells insane - upfront red wine aroma of sour cherries, red grapes, brown sugar and doughy yeast. Taste is upfront malty flavours followed by a sweet, estery Belgian yeast and red wine complexity across the palate. Lingering toffee apple sweetness. Surprisingly worth the tag, must try.
VictorStr (1291) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Underbara aroma. Fruktig/druvig. Hel del sötma. döljer ABVn väldigt bra. Tack sredan.