tiong (4010) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle @ Leijuva Lahna, Helsinki
Bottled 12.06.13 - Pours dark orange with a smooth white head. Aroma of sweet caramel, syrup, fruity hops and citrus. Taste is sweetish, malty and caramely with notes of syrup and loads of fruity bitter hops. Finish is malty, caramely and sweetish with some stingy bitter hops. Pretty hoppy, but perhaps a bit too sweet for my taste. Quite similar to Nøgne’s #500, but not as perfectly balanced.
mkel07 (3666) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Archive. Big and ballsy this beer ticks all the boxes from the great looking amber colour and deep head to the awesome hop packed flavour.
VastActiv (3070) - Oulu, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 0.33l at Black Door, Helsinki. Colour is reddish copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, citrus, grape, little crispy, hops and malts.
jookos (2607) - FINLAND - OCT 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle@ahven. Reddish mahogany, frothy head. Slight sweet malty, butterscothy nose with mostly pines, earthyness. There’s a bit of citrus, gooseberry- like notes behind that musty malty wall. Thick body, but bitter. Quite pleasant finish actually- sweet malty sticky flavours, but gets bittered off quick, leaving a hoppy malty nutty mix.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
Tide (1877) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Black Door. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with caramel, floral hops, toffee, grapefruit, a bit of pine and resin. Bitter finish with grapefruit, caramel and resin. Awesome imperial IPA.
FatPhil (9594) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 1, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2013 330ml bottle (Hilpea Haukki, Helsinki)
Outrageously sweet caramelly aroma, but I do like the aroma, definitely nice aromatic fruity hops. Some yeasty meatiness in the retronasals. Sticky sweetness, treacle toffee, gack, it’s gluing my lips together! I do like he bitter hoppiness in the finish, but it is way too sticky. Some soapiness from the hops. A whole bottle of this sugar bomb is a physical struggle. Matti - your rating persuaded me to drink this, I blame you entirely!
mjs (4782) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, 0.33 l, at Hilpeä Hauki, 20131001) The beer poured mahogany coloured and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had malts, fruitiness and floralness. Palate was medium bodied and warming with medium carbonation. Flavours were sweetness, fruitiness, malts, caramell and bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet, hoppy and bitter. This beer showed the typical problem of Double IPAs: strong hoppiness and high ABV result in somewhat glue-like overall impression.
ALLOVATE (2467) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 7, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tried this one back in April, so fresh as fresh. Produced up a murky brown in the shadows having a fiery red lustre only place when held to the light. Sudsy, messy wash atop holds well and leaves a thick lace. Piney, herbaceous, whole hop nose with plenty of bitter, underripe fruit, sticky dates in syrup, honey and caramelised berries coming through. Malt forward on the palate. The hopping ever present but restrained. There is a pronounced strawberry note, a touch of pine and resin late. Moderate bitter acme before some balance is shown in the finish. Biscuity, grainy and sweet mid-palate. A little chunky and clunky malt-wise; the body medium to medium-light. Alcohol remains a spectator, just drying out the finish. A floral musk ever builds as it warms. This one is just ’OK’, no greatness achieved. A forgettable brew unfortunately! (33cL, No. 731, Bottled 21/02/13, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
Maris (1020) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 330ml bottle on 8/8/2013. Pours a very dark, slightly cloudy golden with a big white head. Has a sublime sweet floral aroma, with some light fruity notes. Flavour wise there lots of sweetness, with light caramel malt, honey and stone and tropical fruit (apricot and particularly mango). As one would expect from an imperial IPA, there’s a big hop presence, with a good does of grapefruit and resin finishing things off. Has a quite a syrupy texture and the carbonation is medium. All up this is very enjoyable, though be warned that the sweetness holds sway over the bitterness.
sinkas (288) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - JUL 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
tap, Norfolk, WA
citrusy, spicy and tropical aromas,
similar flavours, well attenuated but with enough malty goodness to make it quaffable in winter,