Martinus (3522) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear reddish brown black colour, beige head. Fruity aroma, blackcurrant, forrest fruit, coffee, dried figs. Bitter hoppy flavour, coffee, caramel. Finish caramel, roasted malt, ash, brown sugar and lingering hops. Nice!
(from 33cL bottle @ home)
lusikka (6872) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle. Pours a black colour with a small white head. Aroma of sweet syrup, wet earth and grass. Flavour of toasted malts, coffee, licorice, some chocolate, ash, grassy bitterness and roastiness. Almost full bodied. Rich and enjoyable.
RexTalionis (2949) - FINLAND - APR 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Darker brown in color with a whitish head. Sweeter vibes on the nose at first here, some dark fruits atleast is present. Bit of campfire and dark bready notes appears later on. The roasted notes are there too. A nice mix. Near full bodied. Sweet maltyness and roasted coffee notes tastewise. Nutty and bitter notes in finish. Interesting.
markextrae (1689) - NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at home bought at de molen webshop. poured a dark brown to black colour with a smaller tanned head on top, nose of sweet caramel sweetness, roasted coffee notes, liqorice, some notes of anice, roasted malts, dark red fruits in the end, prunes, some raisins, leaving into a full bodied sweet aftertaste.
Alengrin (2939) - BELGIUM - APR 12, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Collaboration brew of three progressive and innovative micro brewers. Green bottle with only a front label. Moussy, light beige, irregular and thin head, eventually all but disappearing, over a very dark hazy reddish brown beer, almost black but transparent around the edges. Less strong and less complex aroma than I had expected (or hoped), still inviting though, with hints of fondant chocolate bar (especially when warming up), caramel candy, pine wood, toffee, brown bread, rhum, toast, burnt leaves and ashes, port, Worcestershire sauce, cloves, dried banana, some less elegant wet paper, rainwater and dusty cellar notes but these fortunately fade away quickly so I will not let this ruin the fun - or influence my rating too much. Lovely malty taste profile, oily and smooth, with soft carbonation, a pointy hint of candied dates and raisin sweetness at first, concentrated, blending into a rich caramelly, biscuity, toasted and bitter chocolatey maltiness, wonderful bittersweet effect, adorned with a complex hop bitter finish, peppery, earthy, resinous and even slightly grapefruit peel-like; the claim that very different hop varieties have been used, is clearly justified. To my palate, the resinous, spicy hoppiness and the soft, sweetish caramelly and toasted maltiness work very well together; a rhum-like alcohol warmth comes in the very end, powerful yet ’friendly’ and gracious. This is a Baltic porter alright, clearly bottom-fermented (very low ’esteriness’) and very malt forward, but ’pimped’ with a ’modern’ hop profile and the first one I know of which is brewed in Germany, where foreign beer styles are very slowly beginning to penetrate here and there... I can highly recommend this one to maltheads, this is a great sipper and among the best lagers I had so far.
rosenbergh (8066) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle. Courtesy of Timo A.
Black colour with a tiny off-white head.
The aroma is liquorice, medicine and sweet malt.
The flavour is dry hops, malt, medicine and mild bitterness.
A bit thin.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
KyotoLefty (7173) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the brewery, aged about 2½ years. Nose is grainy, with licorice, chocolate, a bit worty. Dark brown and flat. Soft and oily body. Roasty flavor, coffee, chocolate, fruits. A bit oxidized by now, but quite nicely actually. Rick and silky.
androman (732) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 25, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl bottle at home from Kaapse Brouwers, Rotterdam. Body is dark brown, head is small, beige, creamy, mostly diminishing, good lacing. Nose is chocolate, flavor is very dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, cocoa. Light to medium sweet, heavy roasty bitter. Finish is long lasting roasty bitter, tons of dark chocolate, alcohol is well covered. Full body, thin texture, nearly flat carbonation. Excellent chocolate dessert beer, easy and very tasty.
yespr (33873) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small off white head. Roasted malty, light teaish. Bitter, herbal and dry bitter. Citric and dry.
MarcoDL (2609) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown muddy pour. Strange dusty aroma of fruity hops and licorice. Tastes unexpectedly hoppy, with licorice, caramel and something sweet that could be honey. Interesting, but also a bit weird.