TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 225: Penetrable ebony. Half-inch dollop of caramel spackle adorns the glass and exhibits impeccable retention. Complex and bright aromatics leap from the bottle upon decanting: black chocolate, lactose, seared malt hulls, nougat, smoke, and toffee. Suggestive scents of raisin, cola, licorice, charcoal and fragrant sherry-kissed Akevitt. Creamy carbonation softly caresses the tongue. A sharp yet clean alcohol and metallic malt zing are enveloped by waves upon waves of tongue-lapping richness akin to road tar, smoky espresso and charred malts swirled with a soft bed of nuttiness. Snug, artfully incorporated tannins dovetail with the snappy char. Forceful in its intensity at the core, with ample dried-plum esters lending tang and vibrancy to the malted milk ball and milk sugar girth. While the malt is skillfully extracted, the forceful alcohol manages to displace much of the soft and delicate textures from the palate. Closes slightly gritty in its residual Akevitt and cola sweetness and throat-scratching alcohol which is soon muffled by oily espresso, velvety malt and bittersweet chocolate. This is a decadent and well-crafted porter, but I would love to see it toned down to 8% or so, as much of the nuance has been stifled by the alcohol.
Pinball (11025) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours dark brown, small bubbly offwhite head.
aroma of wood, bitter caramel, dark chocolate, alc can be sensed. a bit of flowery perfume, or perhaps the spices from the akevitt barrelling.
flavor is roasted stuff, caramel, wood, licorice, the akevitt shows itself as a sharp sort of spicy flavor. salty, pretty flavorfull actually. Brew is a bit too watery for my taste.
Overall a fun porter with wood, akavitt flavors (those two are quite opposing and balance or rather compete for attention). For me - too watery, too boozy, too caramelly sugary sweet (instead of a more syrupy oatmeal sort of sweetness which i prefer in dark beers).
yngwie (14669) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. It’s a black beer topped by a decent tan head. Heavily roasted on the nose, with a sort of balancing booziness and some oak. Some chocolate and a good dash of licorice blends in. It’s full-bodied and with some warming qualities, smooth and pleasantly carbonated. The flavor is pretty much like the aroma, with roasted malts pulling the heaviest load, well supported by the alcohol. The akevitt is present, but stays in the background, meaning it’s more of a generic alcohol flavor than an akevitt flavor. Chocolate and a touch of bitterness too, and a healthy dose of salty licorice. Mostly coffee-like bitterness that is. The finish is of the lasting kind, roasted, warming and coffee-bitter. When I slowly drink this beer, I regret I didn’t bought more bottles. Luckily there’s more of them in the Vinmonopolet stores, and the brewer confirmed another batch is in the pipeline, as new akevitt barrels were picked up last week. Definately not my regular summer beer, but will certainly stock up for autumn and winter. 100515
daleharshman (958) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tried at Stone’s Oakquinox 2010. Pours black with a small brown head. Grainy, roasty, spicy aroma. Flavor is very roasty and light sweet with some more spice. I guess Akevitt is usually made with spices like cumin and cardamon which seems to make its way into this brew. Good stuff. (59, 291)
Rune (8822) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle, batch 225, from Vinmonopolet. Dense, tan coloured head with lots of small dimples, slowly reduced to a tiny layer. Pitch black body with a hardly noticeable deep, rosewood shade. Fine aroma of earthy dark malts, joined by notes of anise and alcohol. Sweet and woody taste of dark malts, anise and roasted grain added by a touch of dark spices. Maybe there is a hint of Norwegian aquavit beneath it all. Developing dark fruits towards the ending. Dry mouthfeel. Nice sipper which did not quite fulfill my expectations (Tromsø, 02.05.2010).
Plovmand (6749) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pitch black with a small tan head. The aroma is oak, chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon and coffee. The flavour is roasty with a sweet touch of the barrels, chocolate, light smoke and coffee. Very nice.
jtclockwork (9982) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours tan tar. Tar nose. Tar chocolate mouth feel with a port wine finish. Very thick. Good beer. Rated 4/11/10
wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - APR 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
batch 225, pours a dense opaque brown with a good head. first off, im not sure what aqauvit actually tastes like, or even is, but it does lend a unique charchter to the beer. overdone or not, i can’t say without knowing the liquor better. my get tells me if anything it is a fine use of the barrel and maybe deserves even another 0.1-0.2 on the score. anyways, aroma is nice and pretty complex, roasty sweetness from the malts, oaky hints, and a light heat and almost floral finish from the barrels used and the alcohol content. the is a big alcohol presence in the palate and finish, def distracts from the taste, they captured that part of the spirit well! lol! its definately different, and these is a strangely nice interaction from the burn fading into a pleasing roasted chocolate porter aftertaste.
Dedollewaitor (14259) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Ølbutikken, Copenhagen. Pours dark black with a small bubbly brown head on top. Nose is vinous and complex. Soy, oak, alcohol, Akevitt and coffee. Flavor is coffee, aquavit, oak, syrup and alcohol. Low carbonation. Medium bodied. Smooth and oily. Dry roasted end. The barrel thing works very well.The Akevitt profile is not exactly a favorite though!
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle from batch #225. This one pours a deep black color with just a hint of mahogany at the edge. The body is topped by a good sized, foamy tan colored head that shows great retention by hanging around for a few mintues and then leaves a swirl of lace behind. The aroma shows notes of dark and bitter sweet chocolate, roasted barley, and toasted caramel as the malt base. Some hints of espresso, vanilla laden oak, follwed by a boozy gin-like component round out the nose. The flavor follows with rich, dark chocolate, roasted barley and grains, and the toasted caramel malts. Notes of vanilla cream, earth, and anise shine through from the barrel with some alcohol heat from the gin like flavor. Full bodied with a smooth, silky mouthfeel with fine carbonation throughout and a nice warming finish to go with the roasted flavors. This is a really well done porter with a very interesting barrel. Excellent slow sipper and really good brew.