Maria (10205) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It’s hazy red-brown with a creamy head and the aroma has notes of caramel, malt, light alcohol and fruit. The sweet flavor has notes of roasted malt and loads of caramel, warming alcohol, fruit and the finish is dry with hints of licorice.
Skinnyviking (8555) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Low but lasting creamy dense off-white head. Hazy orange red brown body. Lovely roasted malt choccolate caramel cream sweet aroma. Would have loved to be able to smell the raisins, but so sorry mates I cannot do that. Slightly peppery choccolate caramel hoppy flavor with a high carbonation and a long bitter sweet aftertaste. A hint of alcohol but not too overwhelming.
thewolf (11878) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, Cph.
Pours deep brown with some red in the sides. Medium, creamy, beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is sweet, dark chocolate, light milky, raisins, malty. Medium carbonation, fine creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has light coffee, sweet caramel malts that are lightly toasted. Raisins, warming viniousness. Chocolate and light but firm piney bitterness in the end.
visionthing (4477) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet. Pours dark amber with a tiny light brown head. Aroma of raisins, caramel, roasted malt, alcohol and spices. Sweet and fruity with lots of raisins and some spices. Slightly bitter finish. Reminds me a bit about gløgg. Anyway it’s a nice winter warmer. (BF310915)
Mezcalmannen (395) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown colour and tan head, very gracious lacings. Fruits and actually pastry in the aroma. A bit low in taste, which is also dominated by fruits. But I like how the finish becomes more and more pronounced, it’ gets a bit bitter in the end. Very low in carbonation. (Bottle)
tfredvik (1636) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 4, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear, medium brown/copper body with an ok sized light-brown head. The head reduces in size quickly, but once settled the head never disappears, and it laces the glass well. The malty, roasted aroma is a bit disappointing: I’d expected more raisins. Of course there are raisins and other dark dried fruits here, but equally obvious are spices and alcohol. The taste is medium sweet with a medium bitter finish. Intense sweet caramel flavour, far more noticeable than the raisins. And then there is a stinging alcohol flavour that I don’t find very pleasant. The mouthfeel is quite good (medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation), apart from the massive amounts of alcohol. Drinking this beer is a strange experience: I keep longing for the bitter sweet toffee caramel finish, but are still resistant to take another sip, since I know that I’ll have to endure 10 seconds of harsh alcohol flavours first.
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed ~5 years before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]
Cunningham (6557) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2012 Bottle. Dark amber colour with an off white head. Aroma of dark fruits. A flavour mix of roasted malt and dark fruits.
Plovmand (7665) - Helsinge, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy deep reddish brown with a medium tan head. Dark fruity aroma with lots of caramel and toasted malt. The flavour is toasted malt, caramel and some raisins. Toasted finish.
RuneStumo (2525) - Haugesund, NORWAY - DEC 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
09.12.2011. 0,33l Bottle. vinmonopolet.no. Dark brown colour with off-white head. Aroma dominated by dark malts. Lots of malty flavours with very nice balanced bitterness. Strong, dry and very powerful malty caracter. Aftertaste is malty with some sweetness and dry bitterness at the end. I really enjoyed this beer!
gnoff (9430) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2012 33 cl bottle thanks to gunnar, from a trade
BB 300915, sampled on December 3, 2011
Clear dark brown color, tan head. Sweet, malty, roasted scent. Bitter, grainy taste, some alcohol. Grainy aftertaste, a bit roasted. Rather smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.