lusikka (4981) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle.
Pours a deep copper brown colour with a white thick head. Aroma of strong anise, licorice and sweet ripe fruits. Flavour of strong anise, sweet plums, raisins, licorice, spices and herbs. Sour notes too. Full bodied, thick and somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Pleasant smooth finish of sweet malts, caramel and anise. Almost like a liquefied candy pastille.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of dark ripe fruit, raisins, cola, and licorice. Poured deep amber/brown in color with a small, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, dark ripe fruit, light raisin, licorice, slight brown sugar, cola, and light candi sugar. Medium to full body. Tingly texture. Lively carbonation. Medium sweet, lightly bitter, malt, dark ripe fruit, and licorice finish. 9%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
PorterPounder (4940) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 750 ml caged corked bottle - consumed on Easter Sunday. Dark brown pour with a sticky khaki colored head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Fragrant aroma with some licorice, brown sugar, cotton candy and apricots. Flavor is full bodied and delicious with some bubble gum, chocolate, brown sugar, dates and raisins and just a hint of vanilla. Very delicious. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Excellent - best Belgian I have had in a long time.
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - corked and caged. Lotn° 13008 05/02/2013. Dark coppery pour with a short tan head. Aroma is dark fruit notes, toasted grains, sweet malt, strong yeast notes and soft caramel. Taste is abundant yeast, flowery notes, toasted malt, sweet malt, light caramel, dark fruit notes, herbal notes and hints of licorice. Body is medium with a strong, steady, bubbly carbonation. Finishes with more soft herbal notes, light licorice, caramel, yeast flowery notes, sweet malt, dark fruit and toasted grains.
olio (4815) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
75 cl bottle. BBE 23.01.2015.
Pours clear dark ruby red color with medium sized head that collapses quickly. Aroma of sweet caramel, anise, belgian yeast, malts, spices and ripe fruits. Flavor of anise, caramel, mild toffee notes, yeast, malts, ripe and sour fruits, mils spicy notes and some vanilla on the aftertaste. Strong carbonation, complex, sweet palate with a sourish finish. A bit strong on the anise, but still a very nice easter beer.
sayravai (4666) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottled, 0.75l, 2012 version) Clear dark copper-brown with a medium, firm and lacy head. Huge amounts of anise in the nose, with some caramely-syrupy maltiness. Flavor is also strongly anisey, but has more components - like passion-lime fruitiness, and rye-puddingy, semi-sweet maltiness. Quite full body, soft CO2. Too much anise for a balanced beer, but not bad even so. 5337
laiti (4546) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2013
75 cl bottle (10,5%), BBE 23.01.2015
Aroma has lots of sweetish licorice, some anise and dark fruits. Flavour has really much anise, some licorice and hints of dark fruits. Also some stinging and warming alcohol in the finish. Rich and good, but the alcohol disturbs a bit here. Aging could do the trick.
At about 15°C this is a bit too sticky and stuffy. Adding the yeast (there was just very small amount at the bottom) makes this slightly more round and smooth.
Earlier Rating: 2/13/2012 Total Score: 3.9
75 cl bottle vintage 2010 (9%) @ Gastropub Tuulensuu, BBE 07.01.2012. Rated on 18.03.2011
Lots and lots of anise, some licorice and hints of spices too. Flavour has also lots of anise, some licorice and spices. Rather spicy, tasty and nice stuff in small amounts, but drinking the whole bottle would be a challenge.
notalush (4456) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark ruby with small, fizzy, large-bubbled head - sweet aroma, with some notes of raisin, prune, brown sugar, some cinnamon and nutmeg - feels like soda in the mouth - the high sweetness amplifies this "soda-like" character - some vanilla and black cherry - spices, dates, raisins - warming alcohol and spiciness - sweet finish with notes of corn syrup and dark fruits - there are a few interesting things happening here, but it is scary how much this beer tastes like soda (cherry cola, to be more specific) - this is a huge disappointment from this brewery.
OleR (4372) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Corked and wired 0.5 L bottle ordered from Vinmonopolet Nettbutikk (10.5% abv). Tall and foamy, lightly tanned head. Body is dark brown with a ruby glow. A sweet scent of dark dried fruits. Raisines, dates and prunes comes to mind. Sweet-flavored as well. More dark dried fruits, with burnt caramel and molasses in addition. Gently hopped. Big body. A light alcohol warmth in the ending. Went well with the easter lamb. [30.03.13]
gunnar (4312) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAR 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet, Kvadrat. Pours dark ruby with a small off white head, disappears fast. Aroma of dusty malts, sweet dark fruits.Taste is moderate sweet,dark fruits, plums and prunes.Well hiddden alcohol. Pleasant and easy drinkable