JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Ørsted Ølbar, Cph: Black beer with a rather flat light brown head. Very aromatic with a little plum, some coffee, licorice, chocolate, soy sauce, butterscotch, wood. The taste is as big as the body, heavy and medium sweet bitter, very sticky in the mouth, softly carbonated and with a sensation of burning alcohol in the long slightly raw finish. Not bad, but hard to stomach more than 10-15 ml at 4 o’clock pm.
Ungstrup (29987) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. A very dark red beer with a dark brown head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, bourbon, roasted malt, and some spices. The flavor is sweet with notes of liquorice, anise, roasted malt, alcohol, and chocolate, leading to dry alcoholic and spicy finish.
laiti (6476) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
37,5 cl bottle @ home, BBE 31.08.2017
Aroma is sweetish and surprisingly light with dark fruits, roasted malt and spices. Feels like an imperial stout with spices added. Flavour is rather spicy, a bit sweet and messy with some roastiness and coffee. Some alcohol comes through as this warms up. Sticky palate. Fails to pair with salted peanuts, I should have had chocolate or something else. Good, but could use a year or two to get some balance.
lusikka (6741) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle.
Pours a black colour with a thick beige head. Aroma of dark chocolate, caramel, licorice and burnt wood. Rich flavour of toasted malts, licorice, toffee, burnt wood, dark chocolate, dried fruits, pepper and other spices. Mild bitterness as well. Full bodied, rich and smooth mouthfeel and a lovely dry, warming, light spicy finish with loads of wood. Quite different than any of the previous Helper’s.
olio (6943) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2013
375 ml bottle.
Seems to be at it’s peak right about now, the raw feel to it is practically gone, replaced by very smooth and enjoyable balance of sweet caramel and spicy malts. So if you happen to have this vintage cellared, go pick it up now, I know I will.
375 ml bottle.
Pours deep dark brown, almost black colour with medium beige head. Aroma of spices, burnt peat, light salty liquorice, notes of coffee, roasted malts, caramel, light toffee and vanilla and slightly stinging alcohol at the end. Flavour of roasted malts, spices, burnt coffee, caramel and toffee, sugar candy and distant soy on finish. Full-bodied, alcohol comes through a bit too much though. A bit raw and rough around the edges but probably smoothens up nicely with age.
emacgee (4244) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very nice dark rich black with two fingers of creamy chestnut brown head. Nose is a tad muted, very nice character but its all a tad hard to pull out. Maybe with warmth! Shows a light sweetness with some holiday spice, very well integrated and provides only complimentary rather than defining notes. Very nice chocolaty notes with some coffee roast and a hint of malt sweetness. Nice roast in the flavor with some alcohol coming through with notes of fruit skins, pie spice, and bakers chocolate. Medium to light bodied with a nice round carbonation and slight grain bitterness on the finish.
TBone (13367) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 375ml (Alko, BB 08/2017?)
Almost opaque brown color, good creamy brown head, some lace. Chocolate, toasted malts, spices and Vodka-like alcohol in the nose. Medium-bodied. Candi sugar, chocolate and spices in the flavor and then overwhelming alcohol. Too raw, needs ageing but shows some potential.
chrisv10 (11921) - DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ FairBar. very dark brown with medium beige head. Aroma is malt, dried fruits, chocolate, yeast and caramel. Flavour is malt, dark fruits, yeast, medium sweet, caramel, hops, spices and medium bitter.
ration (1998) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 4, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 375ml. Pours dark brown/black with a nice brown foam. Aroma nuts, caramel, roasted malts. High burnt taste. Awesome stuff. Not Bad.
oh6gdx (21621) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (from Alko). Quite much black colour with a mediumsized brown head that leaaves some lace. Aroma is spices, caramel, toffee, alcohol and some slight bitterness. Flavour is rather much the same with the bitterness coming crawling from the background. A bit strong alcohol in the flavour, otherwise good.