GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Paradiso Georgetown. Pours a near black in the glass with a powerful, brown, thick head. Looks like a serious porter. Aroma is heavy tiramisu, melaga gelato, rum soaked lady fingers. Actually a very similar rich, spicy, Kahlua and Baileys aroma that I get from Odin’s Tipple. But this one is even better: mace, cinnamon, maple candies, and smoke comes through. It is just an unbelievably good aroma. Taste is oily chocolate, spices, rum raisin, tiramisu, and just extending the beauty of the aroma. Palate is soft and beautiful: rich and oily, sharp alcohol and pillowy carbonation. Whoa.
Palme (3603) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.5l bottle. Pours a dark brown unclear body with a nice red hue and a creamy, lasting fingersized beige head. Some sour aromas, sour berries perhaps, definitely some junipers in there along with some chocolate hints, some spiciness and herbs, vague notes of asparagus and perhaps a bit soapy. Nice nose. Good lively carbonation and medium bodied. Tastes first quite stingy from some herbs - or is it junipers? and a decent amount of licorice. Tastes malty, quite different and original. Slightly dark-sweet and syrup-sticky with a strong bitter, grassy, dry and hoppy finish. Big, different and complex flavors but it works in some strange way.
tmrmwel (1368) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, batch 300. This was a real, pleasant surprise. Pours black, with a good head, and an aroma worth dying for (which is quite fitting). There’s a lot going on here with a good roasted malt, coffee, oak, peat and seafront in general, and also a hint of licorice and some cherry to spice things up a bit. The taste lives up to the aroma, with a lot of burned malt and coffee, burned sugar and syrup, and a light smoky taste giving the beer a good and very fitting acidity. Good burned, acidic finish. Very close to a fantastic stout, but maybe a bit more light bodied and thinner, and a bit livelier carbonation. Still this makes it surprisingly easy to drink, despite it’s high complexity.
saxo (15094) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Ølbutikken. Huge head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich roast malt, fruits, nuts and hops. Dry finish.
HenrikSoegaard (11863) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Frothy off-white good mostly lasting head. Dark red-amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Roasted moderate bitter woody flavor. Some medicine notes. Average moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate.
rudolf (2345) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ blue Monk. Rich brown body, tan head. Nose is light peat, bittersweet chocolate, rich dark caramel. Flavor is beautiful rich peat caramel maltiness, solid but no overwhelming bitterness w. some alcohol. A bit of cherry/ sark fruit comes out inthe finish w. tobacco. Lingering caramel & subtle peat finish with chocolate.
swoopjones (7008) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo NY. darker brown pour, peat, smoke, chicory, earthy in the aroma. Taste was earthy, smoke, chocolate malts, peat. Quite flavorful. Interesting, drinkable & a beer to savor & enjoy the multitudes of flavor & uniqueness
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark walnut brown with creamy tan coloured head. Head falls away leaving just the smallest skin on top of the beer. Aromas are quite sweet. Lots of spice, honey and liquorice. Plenty of yeast character shows through also. Flavours are quite medicinal. Sweetish up front the finish is fruity sweet. Medium mouth feel. Interesting
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown-black pour. The nose is quite spicy with a bit of soft coriander and some sweet licorice. Lightly berryish fruit along with some black currant. Pummy and a little bit chewy. A fairly estery yeast profile backing some sweet malt. It’s kind of dubbelish. A little bit of light phenolics on the back.
trapez (1554) - Hilleroed, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and caramel. Dark brown colour with light brown head. Malt flavour well spiced and a nice mix of sweetness from caramel and chocolate and discrete hops bitterness.