tfredvik (648) - Oslo, - AUG 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It’s getting quite dark at the outdoor festival premises, so I’m not quite sure what colour this beer has. Dark brownish, I guess. Lovely strong aroma with tart berries, this must be the lingonberries shining through. Also lots of dried dark fruits, especially dried figs. Fruits and berries in the flavour as well, but more pronounced are smoke, sausage and smoked meat. Full bodied with lovely syrupy texture. A very special beer that I would love to taste for real some day!
[Tiny sample served from bottle by OleR @ Grünerløkka mat- og mikrobryggfestival, Oslo]
Aniela (1851) - Skövde, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2013
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle. Somewhat hazy brown beer with a beige head. Leather and a strange not nice aroma. This was one of the nasty badest beer I ever had :-(
oh6gdx (18799) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught@Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. Amber colour with a small slightly off-white head. Aroma is fruity, floral, strong honey, smoked malts as well as some juniper. Flavour is a bit spicy, junipery, honeyish, mild smoked notes along with some berries. Pleasant mix of all the quite various ingredients...
Jesterdeal (1098) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
For the life of me, I can’t understand some of the low ratings. Must be some spoiled batches out there. I thought this was solid. Aroma is a sweet tart smoke much like norwegian wood. Pours red brown (sienna?) with a frothy medium head. Taste is wonderful and complex with cherries, smoke, cranberries, smoke, spice, smoke, and toffee. Very thick feeling and a lovely brew. I was impressed.
NikkTwist (965) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Farmers Cabinet during a Philly Beer Week event. Never saw this one before. Similar to several of the other dark smoky funky sours Haandbryggeriet produces. This one is especially ascetic. Plastic. Band Aid. Very cloudy brown pour with a thick lasting tan foam.
Barrelbelly (514) - BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma smoked, some plastic. Taste also smoked but with a lasting watery finish. Taste is too smoked and not well rounded.
Abio (1351) - Waasland, BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very dark brown bear with almost no head at all. Smoked and malty, some slight sourness that gets trough. Not my thing.
saxo (11503) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @ Mikkeller, Viktoriagade. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are peat, smoke, malt, caramel and hops.
Palme (2311) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2013
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
0.5l bottle. This is a clear dark brown one, really hard to get a head on this one, so after pushing it I end up with a transparent thin bubbly quickly sidesticking thing. Does not look all that to be honest. The aroma is definitely different and smoky. Peated salty leather and wild bushes with childhood memories of wet days out in the forest burning a campfire. Not sure what to say other than it’s really different. It has no carbonation this, unfortunately, and the mouthfeel in general is quite disappointing and actually sometimes unpleasant. I have to admit that that goes for the taste also. Smoky campfire with old salt- and licorice infused roap that has been lying in the cellar for decades on top of a honey beehive. Well, it has character though. Dusty with a bit of sour acidity as well. Could it be on its path to an infection also perhaps? I don’t know, but I can safely say that this has to be one of the weirdest and unfortunately not-best tasting beer I’ve had in some time. 20.09.2012
pentaz (589) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours clear dark red with a lasting frothy beige medium head. Aroma is intense honey, intense smoke, toasted malt, juniper, red berries, wood and tart berries. The honey and smoke actually blends quite nice. Taste is medium+ sweet, light bitter and light acidic. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Finish is smokey, sweet with honey and light astringent. Quite odd, but very interesting beer, I’ll want to try this again.
mcberko (4146) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at Mikkeller Bar, pours a deep dark amber brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of lightly smoked malt, floral hops, and peat. Flavour of peat malt, floral hops, and smoke. Very smoky and peaty, full of way too much of the stuff to me for my palate. Not so impressive.