Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, - OCT 29, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A bit of a gusher upon opening uncapping. A large beige tower remains atop the dark chesnut pour forever. Tartish, whether voluntarily or not, gently smokey, very nutty, a bit burnt ale with a leafy, iodine touched late palate bearing the softest bitterness for a beer of its magnitude. Going a bit everywhere after its smooth, silky and neat Marris Otter mouth entrance. Brown flavours quickly follow, being pushed around by agressive bubbliness which destroy the winter warmer aspirations. While the carbonation contributes to drying the caramel touches out, the gentle acidity feels a bit out of context without any fruitiness to lie unto. For my money, this was fairly under average for Haandbryggeriet. The uncontrolled carbonation, sludgey bottom and flavors that go in every direction felt a bit chaotic rather than their usual controlled, rational folly.
glennmastrange (2381) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Heavy cereal, nutty and chocolate for the malt, light herbs for the hops, moderate dough for the yeast with toffee, alcohol, fig and tobacco in the background. Head is average to large, frothy to fizzy, tan with some slippery lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is dark brown. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet, acidic and bitter. Palate is medium to full, oily with a carbonation between lively and fizzy with silky and stick finish. A well balanced and beautifully crafted Traditional Ale.
axl (110) - Lund, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 version, 500ml bottle, GUSHER! Black with two finger tan head. Aroma of chocolate, slightly sour smoke, leather and some tobacco. Bitter taste with initial smoke, chocolate, some very bitter coffee and alcohol. Kinda hard to put words on... Quite smooth, medium-lively prickly carbonation, warming alcohol.
alteregoo (184) - POLAND - MAR 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Piana średniej wielkości, drobno i średnio pęcherzykowa, szybko opada do kożuszka, ładnie oblepia szkło. Barwa brązowa, nieprzejrzysta z czerwonymi refleksami. W aromacie ciekawe drewniane nuty, wędzony bukiem słód, likier czekoladowy, suszona żurawina. W smaku analogicznie, z tym że wędzonka jest przyjemna, lekko ogniskowo-kiełbaskowa, piwo dość agresywne, na początku słodkie, pełne, ziemiste, po chwili palone i likierowe, następnie dochodzą estry owocowe, wędzona śliwka i ziołowo-alkoholowa goryczka na finiszu. W afterteasie kakao, świeża kawa mielona, prażone ziarno i długi posmak alkoholu, whisky.
Gdyby nie ten alkohol... może za kilka miesięcy było by idealne...
HonusWagner (1682) - Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty much the same as Nissefar, smoky, tobacco hints, pretty heavy on umami but also some molasses character. Nice beer.
GlasgowTAD (326) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a Norwegian trade with a redditor. Pours a a deep chestnut brown with a light mocha head which lingers around. Aroma is raisins and fresh hazelnuts. Taste is sweet milk chocolate, hazelnuts, red berries. This has a slight warmth to it which is pleasant. Full bodied and very rich.
zach8270 (3775) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 500 ml) Dark brown pour with a creamy tan head. Caramel and malty aroma with some light fruits. Flavor is very sweet with lots of caramel and toffee malts. Smooth and sweet.
Derbeth (429) - Kraków, POLAND - FEB 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, batch 582, brewed 08.03.13, expiry 08.03.15. Pitch black colour, brown rocky head that does not stay long. Aroma of coffee, old wood, truffle, a bit of ash. Quite much alcohol, but it’s ok. Light bitterness. Full body. Good, but lacks something to make it spectacular.
AndySnow (4481) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a huge off-white head. Guzzles when the bottle is opened.
Aroma: Malt, alcohol, liquorice, spices.
Body: Medium to full body, lively carbonation.
Flavour: Roasted malt, chocolate, spices, liquorice.
kerenmk (2990) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Stas’s place. Thanks Stas. Very dark brown with dark cream head. Roast, mildly smoky, a little vanilla in the nose, deep bitterness, smoky, no-nonsense taste. Full body, a little roasted coffee bean aftertaste.
BlazerT (150) - POLAND - FEB 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black with medium, beige head. Medicore lacing. Poor lasting. Aroma of roasted malts (mainly milk chocolate) and tart dark fruits notes (cherries in chocolate), some sour wood. Taste is semi-sweet with quite noticable dark fruits flavours (rasins, currants). Light to medium bitterness esp. in the end. Medium to full body, semi-sweet, soft cabronation, oily texture, finish is quite bitter, no alcohol warmth. In general nice beer, despite high ABV no alc. noticable, highly drinkable with some nice sour accents.