michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2012 Black pour, low head, sweet aroma of malt, fruit, roasted grain, chocolate. Taste is intense, of chocolate, bourbon, alcohol, vanilla. Very complex, deep and interesting. Thick. Sweet but not overly so. Finishes with linger notes of the flavor, alcohol burn, and moderate bitterness. This is a huge, flavorful beer. Almost too much, but not too much if you know what awaits you. Nice. Definite cellar material.
ACHops (1292) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Monster beer. Thick, opaque pour. Thin head. Bourbon, leather, and oak on the nose. Just a little dark chocolate. Smooth, creamy taste while the bourbon comes through on the end. Clearly it’s big, but the 12.5% is well hidden as I wouldn’t guess over 10%. Worth trying if you come across it, but if you’re shelling out $25 a bottle I’d recommend one of FW’s blended anniversary offerings instead.
Slipstream (2424) - USA - MAY 14, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Adrian. Sweet alcoholic aroma. Dark pour with a light tan head. Very sweet and alcoholic - prunes, dark bread, hops, a little smoke and brandy. Complex and layered - another superb brew from FW.
_angst_ (4406) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at my 30:th birthday tasting on May 5 (30 år av Surt). Courtesy of tkrjukoff. Pours pitch black with a small mocha head that slowly dissipates while leaving some trace on the glass. Smell is sweet with bitter chocolate, dark sweet bread, minerals, liquorice fudge, prunes, alcohol, wood, coffee, bourbon and vanilla. Taste is sweet with roasted malts, chocolate, liquorice fudge, vanilla, prunes, wood and bourbon. Mouthfeel is intense, tiny boozy, slightly sticky sweet and full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with sweetened coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla and wood.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer pours opaque black with an average, pale tan, pillowy head which settles to a very thin, frothy layer and leaves similar lace. The nose is full of bourbon and charred white oak, rich dark chocolate, some vanilla, tobacco, some molasses and toffee, and faint currant. The flavor is amazing with rich dark chocolate, vanilla all over, sweet espresso, charred bourbon oak, slight red currants, some tobacco, toffee and molasses, and some fudge cake. The palate is very full, less than lively, round, and velvety. The beer finishes with an earthy, woodsy bitterness, sweet espresso, dark chocolate only getting darker, and cake-like notes left on the tongue. Awesome beer, dark, velvety, thick, rich, oaky, and just enough bitterness from the dark notes and hops. The complexity seemed a bit lacking for a beer of this strength but everything was put together so well and the flavor was just amazing. This brewer is soon becoming a favorite of mine and their barrel series is always amazing.
sebletitje (9033) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at "30 år av surt", on May 5, 2012 in Göteborg.
Brune foncée, col épais moka.
Arôme profond de malt et moka, notes de chocolat et café très agréable.
En bouche, palais épais et malté, note caramel/moka et torréfié, le tout sur une pointe d’amertume et une fini réchauffant, épais avec un profile divin de chocolat et qcq grains en fin de bouche.
ekstedt (6422) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (bomber), courtesy of tkrjukoff. Black with beige head. Strong chocolatey aroma with caramell and coconuts, and floral and piney hops. Full bodied, soft carbonation. Semi dry, medium bitterness.
gnoff (9509) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at "30 år av surt" on May 5, 2012
650 ml, 2011 edition.
Very dark brown to black color, dark brown head. Malty, alcohol scent, also green pepeprs. Sweet, alcohol, spicy taste. Chili aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to LEMONHEAD for this from trade. Batch 2 (2011) shared at tasting poured into sniffer. Black/brown body with a khaki head that moves on quickly. Beautiful aroma of bourbon, toffee, caramelized sugar, baker’s chocolate. Taste is boozy but extremely complex. Cinnamon, oats, fading hops, roasted chocolate malt, sweet Kentucky love. Hell of a beer.
tkrjukoff (4294) - SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great trade. Pours pitch black with a small tanned head. Aroma is fantastic sweet roasted malty dark fruits licor e coffee. Flavor is , aaah , just like aroma. What else to sat, fantastic. Thousabd thanks to Greg.