yngwie (13567) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Bar & Cigar, Oslo. It pours a next to black body, with only a gentle reddish tint, and a minimal, tan head. Lovely vinegary start on the aroma, on a solid malty base. Coffee notes, some hints of wood, and alcohol. Quite vinous, some berries also chime in. Balsamic vinegar, roasted malts, some alcohol, a hint of wood and vanilla, and dried fruits in the flavor. Very low on aquavit. Medium to full body, astringently sour, and a lasting finish with the flavors found initially. A wonderful sipper, maybe a bit on the sour side, but lovely. More evident aquavit and porter would be nice I think, but that’s just me. (090313)
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2009 Pours black with reddish brown highlights, no head at all apart from a small ring. Aroma is sour, vinous, smells like a really sour red wine. Berries, vanilla, some sweet chocolate malts. Taste is a lot of berrylike sourness, quite a lot like a red wine, very tangy. Dark fruits, red berries, with a little sweet, roasted malts in the background. Hints of wood, no apparent akevitt flavours. I don’t think this is balanced at all, the sourness is far too much for my liking. Body is medium to light, almost no detectable carbonation. Unlike any porter I’ve had, but unfortunately not in a good way.
Rune (8049) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 22, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle, batch 147, shared with Hilde. Served chilled at Bar and Cigar in Oslo. Naked body with a deep, dark red colour. Smell of tannins and red wine. Acetic grapes and tangy, dark fruits in flavour with light amounts of malt in the background. Could not spot the Akevitt flavours. Slow drinking beer. Quite drinkable. However, far too vinous (13.03.2009)
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, batch #147 enjoyed at Bar&Cigar, Oslo. A near black pour with a mahogny glow when holding it up to the light. Low and dense beige head, fully diminishing. Initial aroma of sour fruits, followed by some pleasant scents of spiced dark malts and wood. Taste is sour, almost tart fruity, nicely balanced by some soft malt flavors, a note of refined brown sugar and a touch of wood, caramel and mild spices, Velvetly mouthfeel. Medium body strenght. Highly enjoyable.
steinarja (5) - NORWAY - MAR 13, 2009 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted this at Bar og cigar inn Oslo.
It pours nice and dark, but have a smal head that didnt last long. The aroma is souer with some dark malts in the back.
The taste is a fresh souernes that comes first, then some sweetnes frome dark malts and in the end you have som roastynes.
The balance here is wery good.
You can also taste som oak, but cant realy put my finger on the Aqua Vita, maybe some spicy notes but thats all.
All in all a very good souer beer
thebeertourist (4819) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lucky to enjoy the supposedly last bottle at Olympen,Oslo. Black with a small beige froth. Incredibly sour berries, marcipane, oaky vanilla aromas. Light roast, chocolate, sour berries, vanilla oak, hints of aquavit flavours even. A masterpiece from Haandbryggeriet, probably their best and definitely world-class.
KnutAlbert (6100) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, little carbonation.
Sour ale aroma, very Rodenbach-like. This has been stored in oak casks for a long time, and the vinegar is squeezing out the aquavit flavour and any character the porter might have had. It is a splendid sour ale. The next batch will have less time on oak, and will probably be more subtle.