Geokkjer (5750) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle.Pours amber with a creamy off-white head.Aroma of malt, nuts, caramel, fruitiness, flour and citrus hops. Flavor is sweet and bitter with some orange peel, caramel, grains and chocolate. Medium body, average carbonation.
yngwie (13575) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 22oz. A dense, off-white head forms over an unclear, amber colored body. The aroma has a lovely maltyness blending with the citrusy, piney hops. Caramel hints. It’s quite bitter in the flavor, with caramel maltyness and resins and pine cones. Full body and a pleasant carbonation level. Lasting finish with a lot of bitterness. Overall, a really nice one, although a bit one dimensional bitter. Yeah I know it’s malty too, but still. 131231
Meilby (7616) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 650ml @ Geokkjer
Pours clear dark amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, dried fruits and citrus and grape. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long caramel and citrus fruity bitter and slightly dry finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.
Bragesnak (5387) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Voldby, DK.
Amber with white head. Aroma of hop spices and malt. Flavor with caramel, light fruit and hops
ogreface (1345) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sotet bibor szine van, habja kozepes, kitarto. Illata gyumis, malatas, komlosan fenyos. Ize is ilyen, edeskesen kezd, gyumis, kesernyes, kicsit faradt. Utoize keseredes, kicsit faradt.
Digzis (78) - Nancy, FRANCE - DEC 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2014 Petite bière fort sympathique. Couleur ambrée, notes de fruits exotiques et de fruit rouges. Quelques touches de caramel et de sucre candi.
deanso (5261) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the Molen monthly tasting.
thin creamy white head. Clear amber pour. Nice bitterness. Very drinkable
Benzai (8234) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from bottle @ monthly De Molen tasting. Nice reddish color, medium sized beige head that leaves fair to good lacing. Aroma has malts, lightly hops, lightly sweetness. Taste malts, hops, tea, bitter. Dislike the tea flavors in there. Decent body, medium carbonation.
Vaiz (3350) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at 2nd tuesday tasting @ De Molen, hosted by dEnk. Clear amber pour, thin white head. Aroma is spicy, well hopped with grass, tea, and grapefruit. Flavor is quite bitter, with a decent spicy malty backbone. A bit off balance but with a decent body.
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty nice looking, poured the bomber into a tall 20oz imperial pint glass, topped off with the last couple ounces. Rusty copper colored, some haze, many small, fine rising bubbles, a tannish head that had pretty good staying power and left good lacing.
I’ve seen this beer listed or spoken of as different styles, imperial amber, amber ale, American strong ale, but I’m really getting an almost barleywine vibe from this one. Aroma has that heavy, pungent maltiness of a barleywine, but a little more of the smooth caramel malts, toffee, and bread. Flavor is reminiscent of a barleywine too, but a little smoother, with lots of maltiness, a touch of chocolate malt maybe, some toffee and caramel, some crackers and breadiness, topped off with a heaping helping of bitterness.
Body is thick and chewy with a bitter finish, leaving lingering pungent malts and lingering bitterness. Alcohol is not very noticeable.
It’s quite a tasty barleywine for an American amber/imperial red/strong ale/whatever it is. I did rather enjoy it tho, will have to try something else from Clown Shoes.