joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botlle at Theis & Mette.
Clear red brown coloured with no head.
Sweet and fruity aroma of liquorice, caramel, dried fruits and black currants.
Sweet and fruity flavour of liquorice, dried fruits and black currants with oxidized notes.
Sweet and berryish finish.
madmitch76 (22450) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
21st February 2011
Unusual bottle from 2005, the beer was touching the cap it was so full! Clear dark red - brown beer. No head. Very mild carbonation. Initially has strong oxidised malts plus chocolate and strong blackcurrant. A little agitation produces and almost cheesy oxidised malt nose. 20 mins of persistent agitation and most of the oxidisation is gone from the nose and the taste. Smell is now like Blackcurrant Liquer! What is left is chocolate malt and fresh vibrant blackcurrant and blackcurrant liquer. Very interesting and tasty beer, really came alive when given a really good airing. Not had a better blackcurrant beer than this.
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home - thanks to Jacob. (2005) Clear dark brown - white head. Lots of black berries. Fruity. High malty. Roasted. Licorice. Oxidation. Green valnuts. Lovely nice berries - but too old.
Sammy (11247) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
187 ml of unique thick fruit wine . A barleywine style? sure. 2007 edition. Pours dark black. Full mouthfeel, particularly fun after back-to-backing the hansenns cassis. Full flavour of cassis, fruit sugars residual.
deyholla (10216) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to Shane for sharing this! Poured a near clear dark amber with a brown a gray head that started and remained at the edges. Aroma is full of cassis with strong sweet grains and alcohol. Flavor started quite sweet with sweet grains and caramel but a strong alcohol note comes on as long a lot of cassis. Very interesting.
Pailhead (6427) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of the Kuhnhenn Brothers
Bottle: Big vinuous aroma of black currants, alcohol, hints of chocolate, and smoke. It pours a reddish-brown with no transparency and a minimal beige head. The flavor is very sweet, almost sugary at times, with lots of black currants. There is a strong vinuous backbone with a hint of tart grape. The sweetness builds in the finish along with a moderate warming affect. A tad too sweet for my preferences.
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Kuhnhenn on 11/25/06
Greyish-beige head sits atop a deep magenta-violet tinged black cherry body that shows a medium to medium-high clarity. Only light carbonation perceptible and the head recedes quickly to partial cover, leaving little/no lacing behind.
Soft, waxy/plastery currants are noted first, in the nose, followed by a burst of some piquant acids and skin tannins. It seems to build on and draw strength from the dark malts that lie in ambush behind it. Warmth allows heavily caramelized, thickly sweet chocolate and toffee notes to emerge, while a decided note of vanilla gives a little lightness and evolves in to almost a dry black cherry character. Grainy barley, a touch of char and wood are found at the back, but the cassis is very good about covering the rough edges seen in the normal version (which is barrel-aged). Very strong aroma, with little no alcohol perceptible.
Tight, engaging carbonation provides a frothy, juicy currant-cherry richness that softens somewhat, allowing more waxiness, light vanilla and bland wood notes to soften the fruit acids. They perk up again, more acetic-like, on the finish, which is also alive with medium dry chocolate, light hints of coffee and bits of light char. I didnt find much rawness in the normal version, and certainly donít find it here. Thereís no doubt plenty of warming on the finish, but I dont see obnoxious fusels and sharp, disruptive fumes rising from the glass. Despite the carbonationís best effort, the body is still rather oily/waxy. Iíve mentioned it before, but dark malts and dark fruits donít seem to come off nearly as bright as say medium malts (their eisbock) and raspberries, so itís not quite in that ballpark for me, but every bit as good as something like Kulmbacher eisbock. Very unique and surprisingly drinkable. Still have one bottle left. Will see how it ages.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from notes. I really wish I had written down who brought this so I could give a thank you. However, shoutout to a generous soul for this brew.
Pours a slightly-murky crimson color with some brownish colors in there as well. Very slight head that actually persists around the rim of the glass for a bit of time. The nose is really, really nice with some strong fruit flavors of cassis, with perhaps a bit of berry in the background as well. Nice toffee and caramel aromas as well. A bit oxidized, which worked some nice flavors into the brew.
Along with the oxidation, the flavor department brings some great fruit presence and really nice notes of sweetbread. A bit of booze overshadows things, and I could say that this still could use a bit more time. Otherwise, feel and taste are pretty nice. This is really an elegant sipper and Iíd love the chance to try it again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-12-2010
nickd717 (4187) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 18, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 vintage thanks to Nanoslug. Thanks a lot, Adam and Anna.
Pours a cloudy reddish-brown with pretty much no head. Very viscous.
Smells incredible. Loads of fresh cassis as well as sweet caramel and toffee, and spice.
Flavor is also great. A little more alcohol than Iíd like, but excellent otherwise. Intense cassis, caramel, toffee, and spices.
Full-bodied and even a little syrupy with very low carbonation.
Overall this is excellent. Never thought Iíd get to try this, and Iím glad I did, especially since Iím a huge ticker.
sunevdj (3965) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2005 bottle from HildigŲltur at Theis and Metteís. Thanks. Pours a clear dark brown with no head. Smells of black currant. Quite sweet with loads of sweet liquirish aromas. Also some aromas of black currant. Also aromas of lakrids konfekt. Hints of alcohol, but hides the 17% very well. Full bodied. Almost no carbonation. Sweet finish.