bierkoning (10911) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle @ 2nd BBF. Dark brown color. Beechwood and a hint of ham in the aroma. Banana and fruity notes next to the beechwood in the flavor. Surprisingly well balanced.
skortila (4801) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On bottle @ 2nd BBF. The aroma has smoked bacon and roasted malts. Clear, dark red-brown colourd beer with an off-white head. The taste is a bit sweet and has spice, bacon and roast. Medium bodied. Nice.
caesar (5642) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled @ BBF ’10. Dark color, short head. Smoked aroma, bacon, some roasted malt. Roasted, hint of rye, blackcurrant. Bit sweet, hint of sour.
Vaiz (3740) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at 2nd BBF @ De Molen. Drinks like a doppelbock with smoked malts and traditional spices. Nice flavor but a slightly watery texture. Decent made brew though.
joergen (22879) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Borefts Bier Festival 2010.
Hazy red brown coloured with a small beige head.
Sweet and smoked aroma of caramel and juniper with notes of spices.
Sweet and roasted flavour of smoke, caramel and spices.
gunnar (6193) - Sandnes, NORWAY - SEP 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Håndverkerstuene, batch 273. Pours black as the night with an inch creamy dark tanned head. Aroma of dark malts and nice light smoked bacon. Taste is first of all full of those dark complex malts, with a moderate smoked touch, just enough to be very interesting. Also some tar, salt and liquorice present here. Lingering medium sweet end. Lovely beer.
Geokkjer (6402) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle.Pours dark brown with a tan head.Aroma is smoke ,malt ,burnt ,dried fruita and more smoke.Flavor is sweet malt,smoke,roasted malt and fruitiness.Medium body,lively carbonation.Nice smoked beer.
lusikka (6946) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle @ Konttori.
Pours a pitch black colour with a beige frothy white head. Medium sweet on the nose with smokiness, fruits, syrup and coffee. RIch taste of roasted malts, brown sugar, smoke, syrup, chocolate and honey. Full bodied, oily to slicky mouthfeel and decent carbonation. Nice smoked beer with a warming finish.
Beer4000 (4981) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle. Dark brown body with a nice, lasting tan head. Aroma has a pleasant level of smoke and bacon, not subdue nor too much. I smell a tiny hint of caramel in the background as well. Flavor is smoky of course, also fruity, bitter and slightly burnt malt. I find this beer really well made, balanced and smooth, pretty amazing considering this to be quite strong in flavor. God job!
berlinoise2go (655) - NORWAY - SEP 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2011 29.4.2011: Bottle (50cl) from Vinmonopolet (Vika), Oslo. Batch 294. Improvement relative to earlier rating. Head is bigger with good retention, settles as a thick film with some lacing. Aroma has better balance - sweetness is not so dominant, and a nicer finish with smoked wood and licorice. Carbonation also appears softer.
18.9.2010: Bottle (50cl) at Olympen, Oslo. Batch 273. Very dark mahogany colour, small head. Pleasant, subdued smokey, sweet malt aroma. Taste is discreetly smokey, but marred by a somewhat unpleasant sweetness, reminiscent of malt-based soft drinks (surprisingly at this ABV). Mouthfeel is lighter than expected and too fizzy, I think, for this style. Disappointment. (Ar6, Ap3, T5, P3, O12)