sulawang (593) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Visual: Now in their 25th edition with every year a little different and a bit more special. Pours ultra dark brown with virtually no head, a super thin layer of retention, lots of micro streams scattered throughout.
Nose: super malty with some cocoa. (lvl-7)-pungency
Attack: sour-sweet deep maltiness
Mid-palate: fizzy-tingly, (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) fig/date fruitiness, malts, cocoa, black currant depth, coffee, bourbon booziness
Finish: coffee bitterness, alcohol detection, malty bittersweet finish.
Summary: Extremely well-bodied and drinkable, albiet very heavy malty. Having tried the 23rd version, I like that one better. This one is a bit more deep and sour whereas that one was citrus-chocolate spicy.
_angst_ (2564) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle received in trade. Thank you metha! Pours reddish black with a big frothy mocha head that slowly dissipates while leaving lots of lacing and trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with roasted malts, dark chocolate, dates, sweetened dark roast coffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, dried black currants and hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and tiny fruity with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, vanilla fudge, burnt wood, walnut shells, roasted coconut, raisins, dates, dried black currants, dried juniper berries and burnt caramel. Mouthfeel is round, tiny sticky sweet, roasted astringent and medium to full bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, bitter, malty and tiny fruity with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, dried black currants, charred wood, vanilla fudge, roasted coconut and hints of dried juniper berries. Rather harshly bitter yes quite tasty...
tkrjukoff (4020) - SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black brown with a small tanned head. Aroma is raisins a bit vinous raisins vanilla cask some berryness. Flavor is quite bitter astringent unbalanced sweet some fruits but more barrel, cocoa which seems quite bitter in aftertaste.
RoNo (57) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mörkbrun dryck med stort icke vitt skum. Doft av vanilj, svarta vinbär och fikon. Len fin munkänsla som sitter kvar länge. Smak av Svarta vinbär, vanilj och kaffe.
rlgk (10061) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Fruit of the Foeder, 2014-05-17. Deep brown beer with a nice lasting beige head. Malty vinous aroma, roasted, chocolate, cherries, black currant, licorice, figs, raisins, caramel, some vanilla and oak. Roasted chocolate flavor, black currant, caramel, figs, raisins, cocoa, licorice, tar notes, coffee, oak vanilla notes, some prunes, some soot. Complex and very tasty with alcohol well hidden.
larsniclas (5526) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruits of the foeder @ Alex
Dark brown with a small, beige head.
Sweet and vinous aroma with a lot of dried, sweet fruits.
Chocolate and sweet fruits in the flavour along with chocolate and some coffee.
Rather light body and bitterness.
rougeau13 (1945) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a big, foamy, heavily lacing beige head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, molasses, roast, wood, and sweet fruits Taste is very roasty, woody, and bitter with sweet fruits and some chocolate and caramel sweetness. Medium-full bodied and creamy.
pentaz (1215) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Theis. Pours hazy dark red with a lacing and diminishing medium beige head. Aroma is sweet and quite hoppy with jenka, bourbon, mint, licorice, dried fruit, figs, black berries. Taste is heavy sweet and light++ tart. Body is medium, texture is smooth, carbonation is soft+. Finishes sweet and burned.
hopwine (254) - Bend, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours opaque black with dense cappuccino tan head. Layers of chocolate notes ranging from milk to dark, currants carry into the flavor, as well as notes of fresh and dried cherry. Fig and date presence is subtle but present as is bourbon and vanilla-y oak. Overall this beer is an awesome balancing act between the acidity from the currants and sweetness brought by rich dark malts, cocoa nibs, and the figs/dates.
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
murky sepia, cream head. Light roast and apple nose, faint acidity and sweetness. Front is rich grains before strong roast build mid, tempered by sugar through sticky, huge bodied finish. Pleasant and balanced if singular