Rune (7775) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared bottle at the Grand Tasting at the RBNG-event at Fredrik 3.’s Hall. Tiny beige head to a near-clear amber coloured body. Sweet aroma, hints of vanilla and caramel. Oak vanilla flavours, hints of liquorice, dried fruits and honey. Bittersweet tail. Full bodied. Pleasant, a bit too sweet though. (Fredriksten festning, Halden 15.02.2014).
Cunningham (4339) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber color with a tan head. Sweet fruity aroma. Slightly sweet and “big” body. Malty, sweet fruity and some spices in the flavor. To sweet for me.
[Bottle at Grand Tasting RBNG14 – Halden]
visionthing (2604) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a shared bottle at RBNG-14. Pours deep amber with an off-white head. Strange, sweet aroma of caramel, spices and vanilla. To sweet and not quite my style but certainly decent.
(2014-02-15 - Grand Tasting, Fredriksten festning, Halden)
OleR (4786) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A layer of tiny blond bubbles, over hazy dark gold to amber colored body. Strong sweet-scented carmamel/toffee aroma. A whiff of alcohol and some fine fruity hop tones. Full body, juicy mouthfeel. Big, sweet refined caramelly malt body. Whisky tones. Firm fruity and earthy bitterness. Long throut-warming ending. Tasty and potent. [Shared bottle at Grand Tasting, RBNG2014]
abemorsten (2621) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the RBNG-14 Grand Tasting courtesy of Meilby. Misty orange body with a white film. Sweet whisky from the nose through the mouth and lingering. Full bodied. Dry tongue..
ClubGonzo (3936) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample @ RBNG-14. Clear amber body with a small off-white head. Nose is huge caramel notes, red fruits, grains, hints of licorice and toffee. Taste is caramel, syrup, pine, grains, hints of red fruits and toffee. Full body, soft carbonation. Pretty nice barley wine, but not as fantastic as a lot of the other "big guns" from Firestone Walker.
henkjanwiegers (120) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Brewdog café. Pours a caramel Brown color with a white head. Strong aromga of wood, oak, caramel, some peat, toffee. Taste is sweet, some honey, caramel, some liquorice, lots of oak. Low to medium carbonation. Aftertaste is smooth, round and filled with wood. Some bitterness. Best beer of the evening!
gunnar (5155) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle at RBNG-14. Pours clear amber, no head. Aroma of dark fruits, wood and vanilla. Taste is moderate sweet, lingering caramel molasse, vanilla and wood.
Mittenator (1249) - Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Celebrating. Orange/copper with a beige head. Vanilla and orange with a little citrus slightly boozy as well. Smooth and caramel with tons of vanilla.
Zymurgeist2 (961) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Harry’s Hofbrau for SF Beer Week. Rich, full, biscuity aroma. Clear copper with a slight white head - beautiful. Taste is viscous, slick and full bodied with malt, deep fruit and alcohol.