Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - APR 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful black. Not very strong red fruit aromas. Medium fast disappearing head. Deep red/brown color. Very rich flavours of plums and other red fruit,moderate bitterness. A very complex beer. Nice
scotty (1053) - SCOTLAND - APR 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep garnet colour, thick, tightly packed off white head. Lightly spiced nose, a big full bodied brew, almost winey in character, warming , smooth and slightly malty/sweet. Certainly powerful stuff, one for sipping! Another Ronnie beer.
goozen (2941) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2010 Bottle 0,75ltr: Dark brown with some fruity, raisin, chocolate and some spices hints in the taste. One of the better high alchohol beers.
Hoser (367) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My wife surprised I bought this one has our backpacks were already heavy with goodness. The brewery lists this as a barley wine Spicy with well hidden alcohol notes and not very stellar.
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bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Pours brownish in colour with a medium sized head. Very fruity with notes of dried fruit, spices, caramel, syrup and yeasts. Somewhat thin bodied.
MPA (796) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - FEB 6, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brown with beige head. Sweet banana aroma with honey, toffee, spices (some of it vanilla). Flavour is sweet with a clear alcoholic element, some fruityness along with spices and a little dryness. Weak palate though for my taste. I need more body (well, actually i don’t - there’s already plenty of me, but the beer could have more in my opinion). The lack of body would probably make this go down easier with it’s lasting burning sensation in the throat.
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2008 (Bottled) Very dark ruby brown color with a medium, foamy and tanned head. Very syrupy-malty aroma with dried fruit. Extremely sugary-syrupy-sweet and malty flavor with lots of fruit and no sign of alcohol. Full-bodied, sticky-syrupy palate with low carbonation. Way too syrupy to be truly enjoyable, but at least it warms you up...
(Bottled, 2001 vintage sampled 2008) Lots of rye-pudding, dried quite a bit from the fresh version. Toffee, anise, alcohol slightly more pronounced as aged, but not disturbing. Reminds me of Rochefort with less anise-herbiness. Nice. 8-4-8-4-15=3.9
chriso (7353) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle, gift from Dalle (thanks). Best before 11 Dec 2006, consumed quite by chance on 11 Dec 2006! Very dark red colour with a vanishing beige head. Plummy, slightly tart, fruit on the nose. Some musty, woody edges and a whiff of pear drops. Lots going on in the flavour department. Dry malt, bitter cherries, liquorice, medicinal accents. Again a woody undercurrent. Somehow, though, the flavours don’t seem that rich and deep. Overall, there’s a bittersweet character. Medium bodied, with a big alcohol burn on the way down. Not as forceful or powerful as one might expect from a beer of this strength and deceptively easy drinking (apart from the alcohol burn).
gnoff (7834) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(30 cl bottle) Sweet damp scent. Dark red color, tan head. Almond and alcohol taste. Lots and lots of warming alcohol. Not very pleasant, too much noticable alcohol.
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - NOV 22, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2007 Tasted this at the brewery tour and have few bottles to make another taste. It was quite full, sweet and a little fruity. Maybe too bananish for me. New note after a second tasting: Very metallic taste and maybe alcohol was pushing a little thru. Also quite little carbonation.