abemorsten (2193) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle at the Cardinal juleølsymposium 2010.
Clear, deep ruby body with a creamy, two fingers thick, light brown head. Roasted malts, tobacco, caramel and maple syrup on the nose. Sweet, roasted, alcoholic and bitter flavors. Medium to full body. Dry mouth.
Rasmus40 (8884) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and liquorice. Flavor is rather sweet and moderate bitter. Full bodied and soft. The finish is roasted bitter and dry. Well balanced and very good. 281109
Gr0ve (2077) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle. Pitch black. Not able to see through it. Tall coarse light beige head. Light spicy aroma with licorice and fennel. Soft roasted malty aroma. Crisp peppery bite from sharp hops and roaste malts. Some residual sugars left, and those cut through the bitternss nicely leaving a beer that feels nice and is drinkable. Definitely spicy, but also with a little ash. Finishes with a stinging and refreshing bitterness. Not bad, but not favourite either.
larsga (5812) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big shiny beige lasting head. Deep dark red barely translucent body. Earthy fruity meaty aroma with dusty herbal notes. Dry-sweet herbal earthy cocoa taste with fennel notes. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Fullish body. Sweetish herbal funnel cocoa aftertaste with buttery licorice and coffee notes. Not bad, and fairly harmonic, but weird. (0.5l bottle, wine monopoly Vika, Oslo.)
RasmusOtt (916) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours black with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, liquorice and some spices. Taste is heading more towards a Porter than a stout. Liquorice, anis, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and some hops and herbs at the end.
lusikka (4981) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle.
Pours a dark brown, almost black colour. Beigeish, lacy head. Aroma of sweet berries, floral notes and caramel. Flavour of roasted malts, milk chocolate, berries, nuts and yeast. Medium bodied with a thick mouthfeel. Good.
tiong (2782) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle @ Pikkulintu, Helsinki
Perhaps a bit too spicy winter stout.
phredrik (995) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma has liquirice, cinnamon, chocolate, a bit hoppy, orange peel. Taste has cinnamon, liquorice, caramel sweetness, a bit of roast, a hint of chocolate. Roasted after taste with cinnamon and clove. Very balanced and very pleasant.
Vignale (1634) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
En 2009:a lagrad ett år. Drucken 2010 års julölprovning. Väldigt fin och välbalanserad stout. Krämig chokladfondant, lätt rostad, lagrad lätt portvinsaktig ton av mörka torkade frukter.
esox (906) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Kitty’s, Helsinki. Deep ruby beer, almost black. Creamy beige head, nice lace. Sweet, caramelly aroma with some berry jam. Roasted malts, some smoke. Obvious spiviness: fennel, possibly also aniseed and licorice. Some plums and a dash of herbal hops. Somewhat caramelly taste, still lacking some deeper malt flavors. Bitterish finish is somehow rough. Medium bodied, smooth texture.