Palme (3546) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.33l bottle. This puppy really wanted out! Gushing pretty much all over my kitchen sink, but when I got it over in the glass it looks quite nice; It’s a deep dark brown beer with a big and heavy lacing brown almost fluffy chocolate head. I get a good dash of both roasted malts, coffee and chocolate cake in the aroma. Also a bit of carrot-cake - like in the spices used here. (that could be because I just ate a piece). It’s quite lively carbonated, almost what I would call over carbonated with a somewhat fizzing and oily texture. Flavors are dark and roasted with more chocolate cake, roasted - almost burned coffee and malts and traces of dark dried fruits. It ends with a mild trace of both nutmeg and cinnamon before it’s leaving my mouth warming and boozy with a lingering chocolate taste. Quite nice! Now the younger brother: 21.04.2012
ChainGangGuy (4420) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Appearance: Pours out a black body with a huge, tan head bursting forth with very little encouragement.
Smell: The gentlest, most cautious pour produces an explosive head that refuses to settle out, so, sadly, not much of an aroma beyond faint, faint hints of roast, dark fruit, and licorice.
Taste: Roasted malts, suds, black licorice, suds, scorched chocolate ganache, more suds, spice-flavored suds, pruneskins. There’s some bitterness and alcohol, maybe, but it’s lost in a sea of never-ending foam.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Master Level Carbonation.
Overall: A foamy mess.
gunnfryd (11192) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, spices, milky sour. Flavour is alcohol, milky sour, yeast, caramel, coffee, spices. Nice beer.
Martinus (3051) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAR 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chilled to prevent the beer from gushing too much. Works well, but now the beer is somewhat too cold to really enjoy. When it warms, it still generously frees the aromas though.
Dark brown to black beer, huge tan head. Aroma of coffee, burned malts, red fruits, ash and roasted tones. Flavour malty, coffee, quite some bitterness, burned malts, ash. Loads of CO2. Too much of it actually. Medium long finish, quite balanced, coffee and roasted malts with hops touches. Quite nice, but the heavy carbonation is interfering with flavour and mouthfeel.
(from 33cL bottle @ home)
MoritzF (8590) - Bochum, GERMANY - FEB 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(explosive bottle, 33cl, 10.5% abv) Black coloured hue with a huge and rocky brown foamy head. Very spicy yeasty roast-malty aroma with notes of liquorice, mocha and dark chocolate. Mildly sweet and roasty bitter flavour, almost full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Roasty malt-character, initially slightly sugary with notes of chocolate, liquorice and coffee flavours, leading into a dryer mildly roasty bitter finish with hoppy accents. Nice Imp. Stout, despite I have been hit by the crown cap hard. 26.XII.11
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(330ml bottle) Pours a murky brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, light ash, and toasted graham cracker. Flavor of roasted malt, char, chocolate, and raisins.
laiti (5955) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
50 cl bottle @ home. Rated on 02.06.2011
Lots and lots of foam from the bottle. Aroma has ash, some peat and roastiness. Flavour is also rather ashy with some roastiness, coffee, licorice and hints of peat. Foamy palate is way too high on CO2. Could be enjoyable with lower carbonation level. It is the most usual flaw on beers brewed at De Molen.
pivnizub (9006) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JAN 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Amber coloured, medium-sized, slowly collapsing, tanned head, tobacco and leather in the fruity-malty nose; solid sweet-bitter flavour, full bodied; a certain bitterness in the fruity-leathery finish. Not bad....
Grima (2122) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - JAN 4, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle from Bierkompass
Extreme gushing!!! The beer in the glass is black and has a very long lasting, brown head. It smells a lot like chocolate, toffee and coffee, very malty, slightly caramelly. Starts with massive malt body, with lots of dark chocolate and coffee, slightly alcoholic in the middle, burnt toffee and caramel. Goes into a slightly alcoholic, coffee bitter, malty finish with aromas of burnt roasted malts.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A heavily and strangely spiced burgundy beer calling itself an imperial stout. Fun beer for me but I don’t recommend it
How: Bottle 330ml, Consumed probably fresh a few weeks after purchase
The look: A gusher. Opaque burgundy body topped by a short lived beige head
In long: Nose is quite spicy with some of the traditional Belgium Christmas beer spices (nutmeg, cloves, etc.) but hot chinese dishes style of spices. Taste has crusty rye bread (although I suspect the beer has no rye in it), toasted bbq peanuts, chistmas beer spices, All-Dressed Ruffles™ chips, Dr Pepper™. All that on a cookie malt backbone. If you can’t tell by my description, I thought it was a weirdly spiced beer. bbq peanuts and All-Dressed Ruffles™ chips eater and Dr Pepper drinker. So that weird spiciness was kind of fun for me. The beer is called Christmas In New-York Hotel Room, and if there is a lesson to be learnt from the Christmas nativity scene it is the following: don’t do like Joseph, always call ahead and make a reservation if you want to make sure you get a room in a Inn.