Fatehunter (1642) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - FEB 24, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured a thin head on a black colored body.
Well, the ginger comes through strong in the smell. The cardamon and the roasted malt are there too.
The taste is roasted malt at first and then the spices take off with the rest of the profile.
The texture is smooth with a crispiness and moderate carbonation.
The does not do it for me. The smell is way off and the taste has to many spices.
Marduk (3840) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 4, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750ml bottles (thanks FatPhil). Very dark brown color. Small size, brown head, stays. Malty, alcohol, chocolate, roast, hops in aroma. Sweet, metallic, roast, malty taste. Malty, metallic aftertaste. I don’t like that metallicness mixed with malts, but chocolate is nice. Messy brew.
FatPhil (10679) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
660ml bottle (Alus Celle, Riga)
This is too sweet. But I like it. Gently spicy, I think I get something clovey that gives some bite to the slightly treacly sweetness. Looks beautiful, black, and with a large persistent tan head. Again, sweet taste, but everything is so well balanced, and it’s not heavy. Some gentle burntness, some treacle, again there’s a nice spiciness. Says 8.2% on the bottle, I don’t believe that. This slips down like a nice full 6.0%. Just taken top-ups from Anna and Marduk - I’m lovin’ this, and they ain’t. Finish gently burnt, but no harshness. Love the blue and black berries that crispen up the otherwise sweet malty taste.
Alengrin (3132) - BELGIUM - APR 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Californian spice beer; probably a vintage bottle of a few years old, but as is often the case with Americans, no date is mentioned anywhere. Very dark and somewhat hazy burgundy colour, bordering on black, under a light brownish beige, moussy, stable head. The aroma shocks me at first: complex alright, but everything but pleasant. My nose is attacked by a mixture of burnt paper, damp cellar, wet cardboard, sewer water, earth and a ton of spices, varying between rotting ginger root and mouldy cardamom seeds... Other impressions include bitter chocolate, cigar tobacco, brown rhum, bell peppers, caramel, peanuts, brambleberries, raisins, cedar wood, coffee liqueur and indeed an ethereal hint of star aniseed which becomes more prominent and more aromatic as it warms up. With such an exaggerated amount of spices combined with mouldy off-flavours, I hesitate to take a sip... Taste is more bearable, yet intense: candied fruit sweetness in onset, a bit syrupy even, candied dates, banana, overripe pear, with a strong, complex, resinous spiciness coming up quickly and dominating the rest of the palate; the ginger, cardamom, grain of paradise (reminiscent of coriander seed) and star aniseed are all discernible, but admittedly I’d have more trouble identifying them if they weren’t explicitly mentioned. Anyway, very, very aromatically spiced indeed, on top of a thick, deep, chocolatey malt sweetness, full and creamy body and hints of roasted, ’cold coffee’-like bitterness; the initial candied sweetness lingers a bit in the finish, where the aromatic spices keep persisting as well with a drying, very resinous effect, along with some spicy hop bitterishness, lingering but soft roasted bitterishness and a fair deal of warming, liqueur- or rhum-like alcohol. I was horrified by the off-flavours at first, but they luckily completely receded after a while, making this ale more balanced and more attractive. Still, an overdosis of spices, as is clearly the case here, is something I have difficulties with; I have encountered the same ’spice bomb’ effect in some Wallonian beers as well as a few other Americans, and I am convinced these beers would benefit from a bit less. All things considered, I still managed to enjoy this once I got used to it, the rich chocolatey maltiness is very satisfying and the damp cellar and mould odours which attacked me at first, were probably due to bad storage in the online shop where I bought it, so I’ll give it an above average rating nonetheless.
gunnfryd (12299) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is citrus, ginger, cinnamon, licorice, star anise, roasted malt. Flavour is sweet, citrus, ginger, cinnamon, licorice, star anise, roasted malt, sugar, chocolate. OK beer. KRS 150814.
figas (9) - - JAN 12, 2015 does not count
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Butelkowe. Ciemne, lekko kwaśne, nie w moim typie. Piana ładna, słabo koronkowała.
Christian (11721) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home. Dark chestnut brown with a fluffy off-white head. Dark malty aroma with chocolate, caramel, dried fruit and a touch of licorice along with various spice notes. Sweet malty flavour with roasted notes, chocolate, licorice and light coffee, along with spice that tends to get a little dominating after a few sips
angel77 (1358) - oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botella de 65 cl en el lúpulo en febrero de 2014 sabores maltosos y herbáceos con un cuerpo medio de 8.2 vol. Original.
Bov (10377) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
from Erzbierschof - pours a very dark beer under a long lasting creamy beige foam; nice lacework; aroma of marzipan, molasses and ginger; sweet and rich; full-bodied, spicy earthyness, lot of residual sugars and a long aftertaste of plums, molasses and mocha - quite cloying
nudiebear (225) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle.. Poured opaque dark with no head to speak of. Aromatics of peppermint, ginger and after eight chocolate. Tasted mostly sweet with fresh notes. OK
yngwie (15190) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 22oz. A very dark brown beer, topped by a creamy, light tan head of moderate size. The aroma has a light spiced touch, some licorice and roasted malts, and a good dash of chocolate and treacle. Dark sugar too. It’s full-bodied and lightly warming, soft and almost sticky sweet on the palate, Lasting finish with licorice, treacle, chocolate and spices. Not sure about this one. Sure, it’s nice, but perhaps too sweet. Well, it’s nice. 140815