Svesse (5670) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, purchased at Ölbutikken, Copenhagen, during 2009) Reddish amber colour with frothy, beige head. Smoky, malty nose with dried apricots, orange peel, oak wood and rich smoke aromas. Malty, smoky taste with notes of sweet smoked malt, dried apricots, citrus, honey and hints of wood. Full body, smooth mouthfeel with a citric bitterness in a warming, vinous finish with alcohol notes. Interesting experiment and a very nice beer.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (2008)… This beer rocks!… Murky, burnt caramel ale with a small, creamy, white head. Decent retention. The earthy, malty, smoky aroma presents caramel, wood, campfire, leather and the threat of lactic acid. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and restrained carbonation. The flavor doesn’t deliver the expected lactic acid, but does offer gobs of caramel and fantastic essences of brown sugar, charcoal, English hops, alcohol warmth and light smoke. Surprisingly, I’m not picking up any wood here. Sweet, earthen finish. Kudos to Grovlam for bringing this world class beer with him across the pond!
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2010
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
8oz bottle courtesy of hopscotch. Pours a reddish brown with almost no head. Lightly carbonated. Huge smoke nose. Like sticking your nose in a bottle of Lagavulin but with some light acidity that detracts slightly. Flavor thankfully shows no imperfections. Huge smokiness meets a extremely refined and complex malt backbone reminiscent of an english barley wine. Nice fruity flavors with a finish hint of smoke. Totally my kind of beer. Stunning.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
big time! dak delivers on 2/7/2010.
reddish brown pour with a scant off white head.
fruity aroma with plenty of sweet malt, sour smoke, phenolics, industrial waste and neosporin.
insanely smoky flavor backed up by malty sweetness and spice. there is a sourness and astringency before a relatively flat finish. it is harsh and lacks nuance. actually, it hurts my stomach a bit. i love me a rauch but this is terribly disoriented... 5/4/5/3/12/2.9
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sampled at Papsø’s on 8/30/09: Transparent dark copper amber pour has a small creamy off-white head. Big smoky nose has some hickory woody notes and an underlying caramely sweetness. Starts with a rich caramel maltiness and lots of complex smoky notes with a touch of cherries before a slightly drier and smoky bittersweet finish. Very complex and enjoyable.
Vaiz (2926) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Re-rate at Dutch RB meeting, thanks for sharing joes! Pours an almost clear deep orange with a very thin off-white head. Aroma of smoke, spices and slightly sweet malts. Flavor of smoke, spicy tobacco, leather, malts, slightly sweet and quite bitter. Very bitter spicy finish. Interesting and quite unique brew.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(25cl bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of medical bandage, smoke, grilled brisket, and dates. Flavor of smoke, raisins, caramel, and peat.
nbutler11 (1262) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many thanks to daknole for sharing this one for the super bowl. Pours a dark amber color with a trim beige head. Brimming with the aroma of ham and char -- very nice. Tastes of further ham, wood, and smoke with the addition of what approximates sweet tea on my palate -- perhaps from the honey. Solid.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - FEB 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The dark amber flow becomes dark brown in the large Mikkeller glass; the medium sized foam reduces quickly to a thin layer. Nice smoke aroma, not fat like the Aecht Schlenkerla, more delicate, with an impression of sausages (sour smoke), paper and vanilla. Good body strength, sweetish caramel flavor; immediately the alcohol is too strong; some sweet liquorice, sourish smoked sausage, light chemicals. The final is too burning.
I like sweet beers, I like smoked beers, this one is a bit confused.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Papsoe with an amazing gem, thanks! Reddish/brown pour. Light head. Aroma is ham, bacon, sweet malt, and syrup. Sweet and smoke with a bit of band aids. Damn good. Thanks Henrik!