FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2006 Bottling; Sampled May 2008
This has been sitting at the back of my fridge for quite some time now, don’t know why I never got to it but…
A vigorous pour produces a three finger thick, tan colored head that just rises above the rim of my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a clear, rich amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear copper-amber color when held up to the light. The aroma is fruity with just a touch of a spice edge to it. Aromas of cherries, mahleb perhaps, berries, woody pepper and a touch of earthy spiciness. A touch of age is perhaps just noticeable, it really adds only a touch of Port-like aromas.
Smooth and creamy up front, but it quickly becomes a bit fizzy as it rolls across the tongue. It finishes with a hot alcohol note and a bit of astringency that is accentuated by the same. A berry-like fruitiness is found in towards the front and middle of this beer before the astringency and hot alcohol in the finish drown it out. A touch of toasty malt towards the finish almost seems to have a touch of roast character to it (but that might just be the alcohol influence again). This is probably more fruity than anything with flavors that remind me of cherries, currants and perhaps a touch of pomegranate (this last not nearly as distinct as one might expect). This is not super heavy bodied for a beer of this strength, but does have some heft to it.
I am surprised how present the alcohol is still, I would have figured after two years it would have mellowed out some. I am really disappointed in this beer, despite the fact that I held on to it for so long, it is worse than I expected. This could still age quite well for at least another couple years and may even improve.
Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson AZ
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A amber beer with a off-white head. The aroma is of caramel malt, floral hops and light alcoholic. The taste is light sweet dry and of caramel malt, floral, citric. Medium body with a dry hoppy finish.
allfreej (552) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 30, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Poured dark brown, tan head. Fruity nose--pomegranate? Flavor was big, malty, and fruity with some alcohol notes and a tart pomegranate undercurrent. Finish was quite bitter.
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle 65 cl) Courtesy of boboski. Slightly hazy amber golden with a yellowish, off-white head. Fruit, caramel and a little diacety in the nose. Quite full-bodied with sweet, burned caramel, fruit and roasted malts. Lightly bitter finish with a slight underlying acidity. 190408
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - APR 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Muddy with medium white head. Sweet fruity aroma with hoppy and caramel notes. Sweet flavor that holds notes of caramel, hops, grapefruit and toasted malt.
kyzr (1148) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - APR 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Darker amber pour with decent brown head. Roasted nutty nose with some brown sugar. Flavor is carameal and a lot of light toasted malt. Very sweet, and yes, you can tell this has a lot of alcohol from the warmth. Finish is clean with a touch of bitterness from the hops.
joergen (20589) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber coloured with a medium sized off white head.
Sweet aroma of caramel, malts, hops and grape fruits with notes of dried fruits and dusty notes.
Sweet flavour of caramel, peaches, dried fruits, hops and grape fruits with notes of wood.
Ungstrup (29172) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. An unclear golden beer with a thin off-white head. The aroma is sweet and totally dominated by over ripe fruit. The flavor is sweet wtih strong notes of fresh fruit as well as lots of hops, somewhat of a hop soup, leading to a dry bitter finish. The alcohol burns slightly in the top of the throat.
yespr (30766) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Blind tasting at Papsoes place, another great session, thanks Henrik! Beer #3: Pours hazy orange with a fully diminished white head. Orange and grapefruit aroma, light woody dry note. Flavour is sweet and light acidic. Sweet caramel malt and a mild liqourice hops note lurking through. Goes into a dry and light woody finish. A bit too sweet for my liking.
Grovlam (4152) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
# 3 Bottle. [Papsoe’s great blind tasting, thanks Henrik!]
Average white bubbly head that mostly diminished. Fair display of lacework. Hazy amber color. Initial sniff gave the impression of sweet hoppy notes. Manly citrus, apricot and light grapefruit. Over the palate came strong notes of lovely bitterness, floral, grapefruit and again floral notes. Some underlying sweet malty and fruity feel as well. Medium to full bodied with a soft carbonation and light dry and alcoholic texture. Moderated sweet and bitter flavor in a well balanced way. Sweet floral finish with a light hoppy ending. 7-4-7-4-15 = 3.7