larsga (7219) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge beige lasting head. Barely translucent deep dark red body with light carbonation. Hoppy fruity peas aroma with roasty chocolatey notes. Not a good mix, otherwise great. Dry-sweetish delicate fruity peppery peas taste with hay notes. Soft, mild mouthfeel. Mid-bodied. Dryish roasty dusty licorice and chocolate aftertaste with fruity notes. Some wood as well. Again not happy with the mix of flavours, but otherwise a gorgeous beer. (0.5l bottle, Systembolaget, Charlottenberg.)
bierkoning (12182) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep dark brown color. raisinny, almost vinous aroma with licorice and some earthy hops. Malty, just a bit salty, vinous and nutty flavor with licorice and some earthy hops, lingering on in the aftertaste. Tasty ale, satisfyingly balanced.
jkwalking05 (4567) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown in color with a decen off-white head. Aroma is of brown sugar, pear and plum. Flavor is fruity with brown sugar, spices and light hops.
baggio (333) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apperance: Dark brown with a creamy beige head. Some lacing.
Aroma: Dark bread, Roasted malt, Dried fruit (pear!), Chocolate.
Flavor: Roasted malts, Coffee, Chocolate, Nuts, Fruit, Dark caramel.
Palate: Quite heavy on the roasted side with some pleasant bitterness at the end. Body is somewhat thin. Carbonation is just the way i like it (medium).
Very drinkable english-style beer. Might need to buy this again if i can get my hands on it.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clear very deep red with a nice thick frothy fine creamy beige head. Extremely fruity aroma, lots of sherry, dried fruits, some nuts, a hint of citrus, it does kind of smell like trail-mix. Tastes just like fruit-cake, dried fruits, a bit nutty, quite sweet, a fair amount of sherry, brown sugar, caramel, plums, floral, buttery. Really interesting but not for me. Tastes like laundry detergent, too perfumy.
travita (4804) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bu11eye. Look is brown colored with a good tan head. Smell is roasted, malts, caramel, and nuts. Taset is roasty, some bitterness, and malts.
bu11zeye (12604) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(500ml bottle) Pours a deep amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of raisins, plum, chocolate, figs, and nuts. Flavor of mild hops (pine, earthy), roasted malt, and caramel.
mar (5212) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. deep brown almost black pour with a beige head. nose of nuts, smoke and roasted malts. very nutty flavor with some smoke in the finish.
jimhilt (2548) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a four finger light tan head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Opaque mahogany color. Roasted coffee nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is malty/roasted coffee. Slight bitterness at finish. $6.50 for a 500ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle. Very dark brown with a reddish hue. Clear. Tall light beige head that clings to the glass. Strong raisiny toffee aroma. Hints of cacao and dark chocolate. Powdery dry texture. Strong flavours of licorice and dark chocolate. Dark burnt caramel. Dry bitterness from roasted malts and clean English hops. Wonderful dark complexity. Raisins and caramel. Excellent beer for those dark and cold days at the end of the year.