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 (1031) - 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 (4294) - 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 (6301) - 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 (2144) - FØRRESFJORDEN, 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 (7664) - 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.
tkrjukoff (4020) - SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of gnoff. Pours clear dark amber brownish wuth a small bubbly beige head. Aroma is sweet, raisins, malty, fruity and hoppy. Flavor is fruity, phenolic, malty, raisins, a bit sweet, madeira and bitter. Finishes bitter malty.
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - NOV 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is cake, sweet malt, raisin, sweet mellow alcohol, feel is mediumbroad, carb is medium, taste is sweet roasted malt, red apple, clay, umami, late sweet red grapes, cherry notes
BoBoChamp (5353) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl, new exclusive Norwegian brew Anno 2010, with raisins, thx to Jeppe!, complex brew, spicy/malty and slightly bitter/sweet, balanced, cloudy, small head, nice Winter brew, yet expensive!
Theis (13227) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Skansen, Båstad - after a dip in the sea.... Cloudy dark red/brown - small white head. Raisins, light roasted, nutty, dried fruits, licorice, sweetness, caramel, light soya notes, grassy, light wooden notes, ok bitterness, light citrus, light boozy notes. OK, but not that interesting.