MeadMe (1338) - Riverview, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Pours a nice orange hue with an average white head. Brew really clings to the glass and leave behind some small chunks of lace.
S: Rich sweet aromas. Loads and loads of pine. Mild sweet citric undertones as well.
T: Rich and sweet. Lots of fresh orange and tangerine. Mild grapefruit and sappy pine. The hops are there but the bitterness is actually rather low. Rich sweet with a ton of candied malt.
M: Low on carbonation, rich, sweet, and a bit of boozy burn in the finish.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Olive tree market. Pours a hazy orange with a frothy off white head that left some great lacing. Tone of citrus hops in the nose along with a good amount of caramel malts. Brew was surprisingly drinkable, damn tasty!
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at Chris O’s "Has anyone seen my stool?" tasting.
Murky light amber with a big frothy off white head. Big citrus notes, mainly grapefruit along with some tangerine and orange. Rather a lot of sweetness considering the epic bitterness. Interesting but certainly not Mikkel’s best beer.
17thfloor (2435) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft during CBC Chicago. Pours a hazy dark orange dull with a frothy sticky white head. Stinky pine aroma, cat piss, grapefruit, christmas tree, spruce. Flavor is lemon, grape, huge pine, weird though, lemony, fruity, intense pine, pretty bitter but strangely fruity, touch of cotton candy, hop extract. Thinner bodied with sharp fluffy carbonation, bit sticky.
Embrouille (2830) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 375ml. Ordered from erzbierschof.ch. It pours a deep amber beer with a nicely remaining creamy beige head. Strong, almost pungent peppery aroma of grapefruit, pine needles, bitter orange marmelade and mango. The nose is mouthwatering, powerful and inviting. Peppery, resiny and full bodied. Warming on the swallow. Nice spotty lacework. Long, extremely bitter finish. Interesting. This beer propably complements spicy food really well.
grapengrain (124) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 5, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very big sweet malty notes - barley sugar and caramel... this ballanced the hop note which were dominant but not particularily ’Bitter’ (isn’t that what IBU is a measure of???). Also Mikkeller describes the beer as a Double Imperial IPA - not sure quite what this means - it is certinaly not a IIIPA at 9.x% unlike his Black which warrants the "Double Imperial" Stout demarkation at 17.5%. Interesting but not exciting.
Dogbrick (8907) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2010 Thanks to Homerwantsbeer for sharing a bottle at Septoberfest. The beer is a dark reddish-brown color with a thick and rocky beige head that burns away slowly. Thick rings of lacing. Fruit and bready malt in the nose, along with pungent hops. Rich body with a strong resiny hops character and flavors of toasted malt, berries and alcohol. The finish is hoppy with a lingering pine and resin after-effect. Pretty good overall, especially considering my gimmicky first impression.
JaBier (5080) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber/copper with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, grain and earthy hop. Caramel malt flavor with strong earthy and piney hops. Bitter, yes, but the malt shines through much more. I guess they’re right when they say the palate can only taste bitterness up to 100-120 IBU.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours slightly murky brownish amber with a dense, creamy beige head that lasts a while. Unsurprisingly the aroma is pretty hoppy, but it also has a solid malt profile as well, with toffee, earth and wood notes mixed with pine, grass, mint, herbs and citrus. Flavour follows the aroma quite closely but without the hops becoming too sharp or overbearing: pine, grass, lemon, grapefruit, pepper and juniper all stand out. Sticky, slightly oily mouthfeel with low carbonation and a long bitter finish. This certainly is hoppy, but nowhere near as aggressive as I anticipated. Although I wouldn’t drink it all the time, this is a very nice, well-crafted brew, and worth seeking out.
Bov (9969) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
from Erzbierschof.ch - hazy amber-brown colour and with a persistent beige foam; nice lacework; very hoppy nose, aroma of molasses, flowers and quince; thick, full-bodied and with a moderate carbonation; very bitter but not as much as I think it could be; very long flowery and fruity hoppy finish with a lingering bitterness - a hop soup