daniele (5348) - ITALY - APR 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
scura buona schiuma piuttosto persistente naso maltato tostato leggermente affumicato buon corpo piuttosto maltata ma buona beva
Arve_Christian (3031) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Buddy in Drammen
Dark, blackish color with some foam
Medium body & medium/high complexity
haakonjo (22) - NORWAY - MAR 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
50ml bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika.
Pours a dark, almost black colour, but with a slightly reddish hue. Pours imediately a huge head but settles fast as a small off-white head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffe, toffe, licorice. Taste is chocolate, nuts, roasty, slightly vanilla, licorice, raisin, butterscotch.
Really nice velvety mouthfeel and it’s easy to drink. I’ve bought several bottles of this one.
daje (2254) - NORWAY - MAR 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Full brown body, medium tanned head. Roasty aroma with caramel, smoke. Taste is bittersweet with caramalt, several spices and a lightly hopped finish.
tfredvik (1108) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It is with a heavy heart that I take up my pen to write these the last words in which I shall ever record the singular gifts by which the beer "Farewell ale" was distinguished. This night the Norwegian broadcasting is showing the final episode of the magnificent BBC series "Sherlock". This episode is based upon the short story "The Final Problem", where Sir Arthur wants us to believe that *SPOILER ALERT* Holmes and Moriarty both die. Could there be a more fitting beer to drink while watching than a traditional "gravøl"? Anyway, the beer pours a beautiful dark brown body with a radiating red hue. The decent-sized light-brown head is long-lived and laces the glass pretty well. The intense aroma is roasted with bitter chocolate, coffee, rye bread, tar and tobacco, nicely balanced by brown sugar, sweet liquorice and dark fruits. Moderate+ sweet taste with a moderate to light bitter long-lasting dry finish. Powerful flavours that fit the aroma, but with a slightly more smoky feel, and the chocolate is hardly present at all. Surprisingly light body, medium carbonation. As I empty my glass of this very fine beer, poor Watson cries by the grave of his friend, while a living Sherlock watches from a distance. I guess this means that they’ll be making more episodes of "Sherlock", and I certainly hope that Haandbryggeriet will continue brewing the beer that I shall ever regard as the best funeral ale that I have ever tasted.
[50 cl bottle, batch 360, enjoyed 10 months after bottling/14 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Storo, Oslo]
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - FEB 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear and dark brown beer with a beige head. The aroma is malt, caramel, sweetness, notes of roasted and notes of smoke. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is sweetness. Overall an average beer.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at TND: Aroma of malt, chocolate, slight smoke, slight toffee, light dark ripe fruit, ’old ale’ aroma, and a hint of alcohol. Poured very dark brown in color with a small, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malt, chocolate, roasting, smoke, yeast, slight smoked meat, and a hint of dough. Medium to full body. Dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, slight smoke, roast, slight smoked meat finish is dry. 7.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
Dedollewaitor (13875) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Odense Tasting, February 2012. Pours nearly black with a creamy beige head and lacings. Liquorice , vague roast and spices. Flavor is dark malty, spicy and has hints of smoke. Dry and slick. Warmth from alcohol.
Christian (11056) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of licorice and dark caramel with spicy notes of coriander and pepper and a faint hint of leather. Sweet roasted malt flavour with spice and hints of smoke and leather
77ships (3692) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 Vintage bottle @ home – bottled on 20.02.2010 / batch 262 – purchased @ Alvinne – dark wood brown with a slight red hue & a thick mocha head – smells of harshly roasted malts & grounded coffee, grainy ashes & dark fruits – taste is syrup, grounded coffee, harshly roasted malts, plums, prunes, ashes, sludgy ice coffee, bitter dark fruit syrup & roasted malt aftertaste – slick & creamy with soft carb, hit the spot alright