JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black beer with just a rim of foxy-amber at the edges; greige thick head. Coffee, dark chocolate, Haagse dropjes nose. Again these Dutch sweets (coffee+caramel+...) Haagse Dropjes. Liquorice is evident as well. The chocolate, however - itís there and it isnít. Roasted malts and grains. Every sip ends in a short, slightly hoppy, definitely bitter edge. Rather light MF, fills in gradually, grist slickness. Nice not-too sweet stout. Not really my favourite style, but in this it excells. Carlsberg is seriously changing its image in my eyes, with this Semper Ardens series. Thanks to the Danish hobbits.
HansJM (358) - NORWAY - FEB 13, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is great! Carls Porter is very good indeed, but this is so much better...Itís dark and heavy, less "pushing" than Carls Porter, and dryer in the end. And that chocolate! Dark...belgian chocolate...lasts forever in the aftertaste. And....I donít give many beers a top score...maybe 1 out of 100...
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle My first in the Semper Ardens line. A slight disappointmend. Quite regular for a cold fermented porter/stout. Alcohol content was quite appearant. In fact, I thought it stronger than it is. Dry and chalky with minimal finnish. (Aged bottle. 2 years?)
zach8270 (3047) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [700 ml. bottle] Dark brown/black color with a very thin and quickly dissipating tan head. Slightly fruity and chocolate aroma with a slight malt mix. Flavor is slightly stale malt with a dark fruit taste mixed in and a slight licorice taste at the end. A bit thin bodied. Thanks Dixen.
joergen (18846) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown, almost black colour with a small beige head. Aroma of dried fruit, chocolate with roated notes. Flavor of malt, dried fruit chocolate and liquorice.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - SEP 17, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
(on bottle)At last, a fine S.A.-product. Violet/black color. Strong chocolate sent, very smooth indeed. Extreemly soft and creamy ale, plesant like he*l.If you wait for it, it has some kaluhatones too. Great carbonation, at last; Carlsberg!
NosirIwont (1817) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Dark, deep red colour. Light brown head, which disappears rather quickly. Sharp alcoholic aroma. A touch of chocolate. The flavour is equally sharp and dominated by alcohol. Nuances of coffee right when it gets in the mouth. The chocolate is very hard to register - I only caught it glimpsewise in the aftertaste. Slightly dry. Generally I think itís too alcoholic - the alcohol is completely dominating the other nuances. Not worth the high price.
Minamizawa (38) - DENMARK - SEP 15, 2004
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Thereís coffe and chocolate in aroma. Slight bitternes in taste with a hint of rosted coffe and chocolate. There is to me no finish, and the head disapears to quickly for a stout.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown colour. Slightly roasty, cocoa-like aroma with hints of nuttiness. Full, creamy body. Smooth & sweet with lots of dark malt goodness and a distinct hit of chocolate. Very pleasing dessert beer.
Sigmund (4505) - Tau, NORWAY - JUL 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(700 ml bottle). Pours very dark with a moderate head. Aroma and flavour of liquorice, dark chocolate and roasted malts. A bit too much liquorice in my book. Still, this is a very good stout, but not a taste experience that much better than Carls Porter - not enough to live up to the price difference IMO. I guess some of the point with the Semper Ardens range is that Carlsberg want to show the world: "Hey, we can brew good beer too - but that is VERY expensive!" Price aside, you have to give them props for trying. After they killed Wiibroe Imperial Stout Porter, Carls Porter is the only surviving moderately priced quality Carlsberg beer - innovation is reserved for the Semper Ardens range, just pay and be happy!