Rune (8830) - Tromsř, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared during the Grand Tasting at the RBNG-event at Fredrik 3.’s Hall. Tiny layer at the top of a dark brown coloured body. Dark malty sweetness on the nose, herbal dry. Taste of dried fruits like raisin, dark malts and some spices. Not enough roastiness to the ending to keep all the sweetness at bay. Full bodied. Nice in small doses (Fredriksten festning, Halden 15.02.2014).
visionthing (3236) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 27, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a shared 100cl bottle at RBNG-14. Pours slightly hazy brown with a small, white head. Sweet and malty with hints of roasted malts and raisins. Alcohol well integrated and it seems balanced and quite pleasant. (2014-02-15 - Grand Tasting, Fredriksten festning, Halden)
ClubGonzo (4453) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample @ RBNG-14. Dark brown body, small white head. Nose is licorice, herbs, schnaps, dark malts, caramel, hints of chocolate and leather. Taste is herbs, licorice, dark chocolate, caramel, cocoa, hints of dark malts. Full body, high carbonation. All in all, a decent dark ale but very unbalanced in its characteristics.
abemorsten (3040) - Mosterřy, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the RBNG-14 Grand Tasting courtesy of Cunningham. Muddy mahogany body with a light brown head. Malty, boozy nose. Sweet and malty mouth. Full bodied. Alco warm.
gunnar (5975) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared bottle at RBNG-14. Pours almost clear brown, no head. Aroma is herbal malty. Taste is deep malty, vegetal, roasted malts, sweet, light alcohol burn at the finish. Nice for a sweet tooth.
Benzai (9436) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled from bottle @ The Hague Tasting. Opaque brownish color, small light brown. Smell and taste malts, clearly wine influences, lightly hops, but a touch of sour as well. Decent body and carbonation.
worldbeertaste (1709) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 7/20
Smells of malt extract with caramel and dark malt. Full oily body. Taste of alcohol and heavy malt with cherries and nutty lemon ness . The finish burns precious. Lots of gut rot.
jmgreenuk (5320) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - FEB 21, 2014
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle at the "Lets celebrate the fact that Dean is already the Mayor of M&S Den Haag even though it’s only been open for 24 hours tasting!". Poured a hazy dark brown with no life at all. The aroma is vinegar like with some molasses and light malt. The flavour is medium sour light bitter with a rich liqourice awful malt bitter palate. Truly awful.
Zer0 (1137) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at THT. Pours dark reddish brown. Aroma is red fruits, caramel, alcohol and raisins. Taste is pretty sweet and light bitter and some sourness. Pretty decent. Thick texture. Full bodied and much better than I expected.
kermis (6077) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2014
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle shared at the "Lets celebrate the fact that Dean is already the Mayor of M&S Den Haag even though it’s only been open for 24 hours tasting!". Pours cloudy brown with a tan head. Aroma of caramel, overripe fruits. Flavour is heavy sweet and the mouthfeel is like molasses. A bit cack.