Rune (7956) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle from Ølbutikken, shared at the second day of the Absalon tasting session. Clear, dark golden body. Spotty lacing from a film-type layer. Rich aroma of fresh and dried fruity hops. Bittersweet tropical fruits up front followed by sharp bittering hops burning down the throat. Likable in smaller doses, heavy to drink (Copenhagen, hotel room 13.05.2012).
phredrik (1010) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - JUN 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ ØlKonsortiet. Pours orange with a small white head. Aroma is very nice and hoppy, intense passion fruit, grape and citrs, a hint of banana, a touch of alcohol, a touch of maltiness. Taste is massively hoppy, citrus, kiwi and pineapple notes, lots of malt body, a bit of esters. Very massive, very tasty.
Miksu (4946) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 31, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
0.33 l bottle. Hazy copper color. Aromas of sweet toffee and tropical fruits. Sweet, toffeish, nutty and bitter flavor with campher, menthol and pine. Long pungent hard menthol like bitterness.
Mora2000 (5650) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a white head. The aroma has some nice grapefruit and apricot notes, as well as a touch of biscuit malt. The flavor is similar, with a lot of oranges and other tropical fruit coming through. The bitterness is fairly low, but the hop flavor really shines. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
crackedmachine (470) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very cloudy, almost murky dark orange with a thin off-white head. Aroma is somewhat unusual, and not tremendously aromatic: a lot of hops - primarily pine and a little citrus, some caramel, but there is a lightly caustic element, maybe a tad soapy. Flavor has plenty of caramel sweetness but it is not overdone, and a very nice bite on the finish. Exceptionally resinous and piny, and a bit of grapefruit in there as well. Intense bitterness is pretty well mitigated by the malt sweetness. Enjoying this bottle immensely.
oh6gdx (20274) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Slightly hazy orangeish golden colour with a small white head. Aroma is bigtime fruityness meeting sweet caramel. Flavour is rather similar, but also has a bunch of bitterness to it. Also a slight alcoholic burn to it.
BBB63 (6011) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle and served in my GI IPA Tulip: Pours a light copper, deep golden hue with a creamy head and very nice lace. The aroma is heavy dank and resiny hops, plenty of pine. mango and grapefruit esters along with some clove. I bit metallic and astringent as well. What little malt you can find is somewhat biscuity and a hint of caramel. The taste is more of the same, heavy hop bitterness with a fair amount of citrus and hop spice. I actually got a bit more malt then I would have guessed but still not enough to make this beer remotely balanced. Extreme metal and band-aid aftertaste then add the biting alcohol. Yep, the mouth feel is aggressive and sharp but the finish is a tad too much, reducing the enjoyment of drinking this beer. Neato to try, would not buy another.
omegamike (152) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells wonderfully piney and savoury. The malt pokes through a little too. Overwhelmingly flavours of pine, strong crystal malt biscuit, straw, some sweat. Delicious but a little too intense for one man alone - I’d recommend tag teaming this one, because it is too tasty for a 10% beer.
Ibrew2or3 (6835) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle pours slightly hazy copper with gold hues and thin dirty white head of foam. The aroma offers up pine hops, earthy hops, spicy hops and a black pepperiness. Around the edges it seems floral and a touch soapy. The taste has a big spicy to pine bitterness going on that is rimmed by a nice level of dank hop earthiness and then faint hints of floral hops. This is tasting real good with robust levels of both bitter and flavor hops creating a rich experience. It ends with lingering hop bitterness. I dig it.
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
14 karat pour with a small ivory head. Aroma and flavor are extremely leafy, resinous, and sappy. Evergreen-laden, tangerine-filled, and pithy. Bitter, dank, but drinkable. Didn’t get the eye-crossing alcohol pop that I was expecting at 10%. Pretty damn good.