Skinnyviking (8689) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. High long lastikng creamy brown head. Pitch black body. Pretty mild aroma of dried fruit roasted malt coffee and cocoa. Heavily hopped roasted malt coffee flavor with a somewhat sour note. Low carbonation. Long aftertaste. Quite special.
laiti (8069) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl bottle @ home, BBE 04/2013
Aroma is sour with earthy notes, also some hops. Flavour has also lots of earthy notes typical to Stillwater ales. Some hops are there too. No roastiness can be observed, but the malt becoming sticky at the end tells me that this is not typical sour ale. And more and more sticky this becomes towards the end even though I had just half of the bottle. Far from a stout. There should be a category of sour stout for this one.
skortila (5276) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ ACBF 2011. The aroma has some roast, hoppy and yeasty fruitiness, coffee, some liquorice. Black coloured beer with a beige head. The taste is light bitter, even a little bretty sourness there, has roast coffee, fruits. Moderate body. Okay.
Leighton (18526) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at ACBF 2011. Pours dark brown with a light, filmy head. Dark malt nose, mild roast and sugar. Smooth flavor, some roast and dark sugar. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Mild warmth in the finish, some sharp, roasted malts. Very good beer.
Fin (9581) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Beer Temple, Amsterdam 30.09.11 on a wonderfully sunny day (yet again this holiday) Pours pitch black with a dense head of foamy tan bubbles. Oily thick and with a real tarry edge and some hoppiness as I expected shineís through the thick black maltiness, itís good. A6 A5 T7 P4 Ov13 3.5
jaghana (5491) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - SEP 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 50cl, a dark beer with a brown huge head. Nose is roasted like. Aroma is very hopy, bitter with agrume and hay notes with a nice caramel and coffee malt body. quite creamy, licorice notes, a bit syrupy, chocolate malt, cassis notes, near to a Black IPA.
Palme (4120) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.5l bottle shared with The Tasting Crew and OleR. This one pours a near black body with a massive - almost gigantic - tanned and lasting chocolate-creamy head. The aroma is quite heavy perfumed-hoppy before it reveals some nice but somewhat faint notes of roasted malts and something light sour. Red currants soaked with vinegar, brett and citrus perhaps? Anyhow, itís quite subtle and hard to tell what it could be. It has soft carbonation, full to medium-bodied and the mouthfeel is oily and slick. When tasting it you first notice that itís quite dry, and I get lots of licorice and leather flavors. Not to heavy on the roasted malts, but itís there lurking in the background. Ends in a damn dry finish. Good beer and definitely not yer average stout this.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - SEP 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle courtesy Mikkel of Mikkeller, thank you! very good and interesting brew.drinks like a very good black ipa or a nice hoppy impy stout. beautiful pour of a motor oil black body and abundant brown head. its an interesting brew. tons of roastyness, yet tns fo pineapple and sweet hops as well. very good stuff, surprised this isnt ranked higher, should be a black ipa really. its impressive that the fruity and floral hops overpower the roasty malt body.
ClubGonzo (5416) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from my man Mogens in Copenhagen, shared with Bergen Beer Geek Tasting Crew feat. special guest star OleR from Oslo! :-) Pours a huge caramel head, crowning a dense, black body. Already from the first whiff this beer is as ambiguous and divergent as the world of gypsies and phantom brewers. Roasty, leathery and ash-like tones goes in the direction of a good olí Stout, while a definite molasses/light candy sugar sweetness pulls towards a Belgian Strong Ale of sorts. Tasting it, the beer has a lot of roasty coffee tones with hints of leather and a kind of dryness to it, which is unusual but works well nonetheless. After a few sips of gypsy strangeness, the beer veers towards Stout-land, where I find myself classifying it - eventually. I like the concept, the label and the fact that Gypsy Juice seems equally challenging for my senses to domesticate as the Roma people to European authorities. Props for that, but on a second note: Iíve had better beer, all in all.
altonbrownd (5629) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Beer Temple. Dark black with brown head. Nose of chocolate, malts and caramel. Taste is hammy, chocolate. A big stout. Some caramel in the finish. Well done.