tfredvik (1700) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black body with a large, creamy head that unfortunately is short-lived and doesn’t leave much lacing. It never completely disappears, though. Strong delicious aroma with a thick chocolatey feel, roasted notes, coffee, fruits, sweet sweet vanilla, with some faint hoppy and yeasty notes in the back. Light sweet taste that lasts into the aftertaste, the spicy finish is moderate bitter. The flavours are roasted with coffee notes and fruits upon a lovely gently spiced background. Medium to full body, pretty dry texture and soft carbonation. A very nice beer, I really like the way the spices are integrated into the flavour profile.
[50 cl bottle, enjoyed 1 year before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Online]
berlinoise2go (686) - NORWAY - DEC 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (50cl) from Vinmonopolet, Oslo. 7.5% ABV. Small, but lasting light beige head that sticks nicely to the glass when swirling. Black colour. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, cinnamon, smoked meat. Medium/full body, soft carbonation. Quite complex, semi-sweet ’meaty’ and spicy taste (cloves, aniseed, menthol) that becomes drier towards the finish. Well-balanced with high xmas factor.
Hermod (6243) - Vantaa, FINLAND - DEC 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ pikkulintu. Poured black with a thin brown head. Aroma has licorice, spices, chocolate and anise. Flavor has anise, cough medicine, sweet milk chocolate light roastedness. Salty licorice in the sweet finish.
RexTalionis (3475) - FINLAND - DEC 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Dark brown, almost black in color with a thin tan head. Vanilla at first in aroma, some hints of coffee too. Mocha, some sweetness like of milk chocolate, quite strong influences of vanilla. Nice and tasty. Roasted and again more of vanilla in aftertaste.
Geokkjer (7262) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle.Pours black with a beige head . Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, nuts, spices and coffee. Flavor is sweet chocolate with some roasted notes, coffee, spices and malt. Medium body, average carbonation.
Meilby (10865) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 500ml @ Geokkjer
Pours pitch black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, licorice and vanilla. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a chocolate finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
mjs (6293) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught at Pikkulintu, 20121208) The beer poured very dark brown and clear. Its head was medium sized and lightly brown. Aroma had roasted malts, chocolate and vanilla. Palate was full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were roasted malts, vanilla, dark chocolate and bitterness. Aftertaste was roasty, sweet and bitter. A quite confusing beer. Vanilla is a pleasant flavour but here it was a bit too intense and hid other flavours.
VastActiv (5495) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Colour is dark brown with small brownish head. Aromas and flavours are chocolate, roastiness and malts.
RuneStumo (2542) - Haugesund, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
06.12.2012. 0,5l Bottle. Dark brown colour with tan head. Aroma of dark malts and bitterness. A little sour with toffew and dark bitter chocolate. Rich to medium body. Nice bitter aftertaste.
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Holmen1 (4700) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2013 Flaske fra polet på Kvadrat: Svart, med fint skum som desverre forsvinner fort. Krydret aroma i tillegg til vanlige porteraromaer (røstet malt, mørk sjokolande og kaffe. Den deilige smaken er ditto, og vaniljen kommer til sin rett ettersom temp. stiger, med litt kanel i tillegg. Stjerneanisen er brukt diskret. Lett syrlighet, fin munnfylde og stor drikkbarhet. Nok et velsmakende brygg fra Fanø. Fra fat på Kick i Kristiansand nov-13: beskrivelsen over og poeng tiltredes, også i år er dette et øl med stor kompleksitet og smaksfylde. Men til en pris som bare astronomer kan like. Alt på denne velassorterte puben har ublu priser.