TheCellarer (32) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
330 ml unlabeled bottle directly from brewer kindly shared by Rune at Beer Session XVIII in Tromsø 030112. Clear dark mahogany body with beige head. Strangely passive aroma of slightly roasted but somewhat sour and watered malts, with hints of liqourice. Flavour is similarly subdued although not as sweet. Comments during the session suggest that the contents of the bottle sampled might be damaged as version on tap scored much higher with those which have tasted both. Overall surprisingly anonymous both for porters and quality yuletide brews.
madmitch76 (16572) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22nd March 2012
Unlabelled bottle in Olhallen, Tromso. Was told this was 8.0% by the barman. Clear dark brown - red beer, good pale tan head. Semi dry palate. Slightly soft with fine carbonation. Nice malt, a little dark with unsweet dark chocolate. Whisper of coffee. Nice fruits underneath - well integrated dark cherry. Semi dry finish. Decent.
RuneStumo (2282) - FØRRESFJORDEN, NORWAY - MAR 12, 2012
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
12.03.2012. 0,33l Bottle. Ã˜lhallen TromsÃ¸. Black colour with off-white head. Aroma of dark malts and sweetness. Rather flat flavours of dark malts. Sweet with notes of bitter hops. A little strange mouthfeel, that gives a feeling of bad balance. I dont know. Ok, but not great.
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larsga (6372) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium beige head. Clear deep reddish brown body with light
carbonation of small bubbles. Milky roasty aroma with fruity,
buttery caramel pudding notes. A bit strange. Dry-sweet roasty
vanilla fudge taste with caramelly fruity buttery notes.
Mid-bodied. Mild, soft, smooth mouthfeel. Dryish-sweet spicy
perfumy vanilla and honey aftertaste with roasty chocolatey
earthy notes. Nice, but perhaps a touch sweet and dense. (0.33l
bottle, gift from Rune. Thank you very much, Rune!)
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
0.33 L bottle. Thanks a lot Rune, for this one! Medium tall, yellow hued blond head. Body is dark ruby brown, and shows good clarity when holding it up to a light-source. Sweet nutty malt aroma, with notes of English licorice and cookies. Faint spice tones, too. Anise-seeds maybe. Medium malt body. Quite sweet, nutty and cakey, with some roast tones and suggestions of dark dried fruits with a light acidic twist. Feels light in the mouth. Short, sugar-accented malt finish. A decent and easy drinkable Porter.
KnutAlbert (6302) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, thanks to Rune.
Very dark brown, malt and liquorice aroma.
Spicy flavour, fennel, liquorice, fine bitterness, too. Sweet notes in the finish.
Light body, some warming alcohol in the background.
Finn (4531) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fra kran på Ølhallen i Tromsø ved flere anledninger. Også smakt flasketapping av denne. Dyp amber på farge. Lavt mokkafarget skum som fester seg til glasset. Ølet framstår som overdrevet forsiktig: Både i smak og aroma. Undertone av nøtter. Gir imidlertid lite julefølelse. Ei heller porteropplevelse. Alkoholen godt kamuflert. Mack har hatt flere eksperimentelle portere som ville egnet seg bedre til jul.
Rune (8737) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A few half litres from tap at Ølhallen during November. Shiny black naked surface. Completely black body, more or less. Rather subdued aroma of dark, mid-sweet malts, slightly roasted. Liquorice up front in the taste profile mingled with notes of coffee and chocolate. Dark bitter fruits throughout with a pleasant roastiness. Well bodied. A tasty Yuletide brew (Tromsø, November 2011).
Nordcore (1082) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to E. Botlle with no label(usually you get this only from tap at some bars in Tromsø*), from Mack’s microbrewery. Deep deep red, almost black with a nice lightbrown head. The aroma of roasted malt with dark fruits and chocolate. The taste is sweet with a nice chocolate and chistmas spices ending. A bit oily. This is one of the best beers I have tasted from MAck, nice job!
Skinnyviking (7433) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Rune. Thanks buddy and congrats with the 60 years! Bottle no lable, just something in the glass that looks like hops plants. Lov fluffy but lasting light brown head. Clear and good looking ruby body. Complex sweet aroma of roasted barley malt dried fruit caramel raisin vanilla and a just a hint of alcohol but to my astonishment I could not smell coffee. Relatively bitter roasted malt vineous flavor of sour berries. High carbonation, long aftertaste.