olsvammel (3330) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Bar & Cigar. Usually when you get a smoke-beer you expect it to be overpowering and taste like an old hunting cabin. But this one was actually very balanced and the smoke was a nice compliment that raised the beer. It was also fairly complex with lots of different flavours, unfortunately I didn’t write them all down.
larsga (6255) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium tan head doesn’t last. Nearly opaque black body goes deek dark red at edges. Light aroma of lingonberry and smoke with wild berry notes. Very faint. Dry-sweet-acidic chocolatey lingonberry and smoke taste with burnt juniper notes and a roasty background. Smooth, soft mouthfeel. Light body. Delicate and balanced. Sweetish-dry wooden juniper chocolatey aftertaste with earthy notes. Extremely unusual. Surprisingly light and delicate, and even dangerously drinkable. A hot feeling settles in the mouth. Nice. Later I discover that the surface simplicity of this beer hides deeper complexities. Failed to analyze them properly. (0.5l bottle, Olympen, Oslo. Batch #273.)
ClubGonzo (4121) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Olympen, Oslo. Pours a near-black body with thin off-white head. Nose is bacon, wood and tar. Taste is smoked meat, port wine, wood, soy sauce, ashes and pure malty wort. Very complex, full bodied and quite delicious. Even the Haanbryggeriet trademark yeast profile, recurring in all of their dark beers, is well integrated in this solid smoked ale. Recommended.
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50 cl bottle at Olympen, Oslo. Dark brown color, nice tan head. Aroma is light smoke and some berries. Flavor is smoke, fine sweetness and a hint of sourness. Light body. A will try this beer again.
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with some streaks and small splotches of offwhite head. Aroma is pretty damn smoky. A clean smoke aroma, not especially salty or meaty as islay barrel aged beers, more straight bonfire smoke. Roast and chocolate notes underneath. This feels basically like a big smoked brown ale. Starts off sweet on the tongue, but a prominent bitterness cleanses the palate, and a pleasant burnt sourness tickles the back of the tongue. The body was light and carbonation was fairly lively. At first, I wished it was fuller and thicker. As I got deeper in the glass, the smokiness that felt massive at first took a backseat role, and at the end of it I concluded that this is pretty damn drinkable. A successful experiment.
thebeertourist (4859) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 273, IBU 33, EBC 48. Bottle at Olympen. Very dark brown with a tan head. Smoked malts aroma, hints of juniper. Good smoked and meaty flavours with hints of acidity making this rauchbier less heavy and more drinkable than many of its peers. Full-bodied and smooth. Probably one of my favourite rauchbiers.