patricks110 (1620) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gently pouring this into a glass I am met with some of the most absurdly foamy, whipped head making it quite difficult to salvage a decent pour. After settling down a bit, Fra Til coats the glass with a ton of outrageous mocha coloured lacing. The body is an entirely opaque ebony black with a dying head of dark tan. Giving the glass a swirl, a solid stream of bubbles poke their way through the now thin cap of appetizing tan head. The first scent off the nose I get is a seriously intense roasted malt with huge chocolate and espresso notes. A hint of woody smoke, with a light spice blend including subtle scent of anise and gingerbread. The aroma is so appetizing and enticing with the warmth of a true Christmas ale.
Like a Baltic Porter or Imperial Porter should have, Fra Til has alot of sweetness and a syrupy mouthfeel throughout. A strong roasted malt character with pronounced anise, vanilla and a solid amount of a smoked malt blends well with a brown sugar and its accompanying sweetness. The spice notes are somewhat lost in the mix with a rather fervent smoke and ash flavour that drys the palate out towards the finish. The finish is rather sweet at first but a slow astrigency drys the palate and leaves a robust roast and smoked malt in the back of my mouth. This is an absurdly well crafted Baltic Porter with a unique Mikkeller twist; the robust smoked malts as well as the anise and gingerbread spices. That being said the sweetness and syrupy dark malts are spot on stylistically.
Simonsen (628) - NORWAY - JUL 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaske fra systembolagets bestillingsutvalg. Svart farge.tykk brun skumtopp. En utrolig pen řl.
Smaker kaffe, lakris, olivertvist,roast, malt.
esp0r (1909) - NORWAY - JUL 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours jet Black, thick brown head. Smells of coffee, roast, muscavo sugar and liquorice. Moderate sweet, roast, toast, coffee, spices, hint of Chili. Medium bitter, coffee bitter
oh6gdx (20251) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Very deep brown colour with a small beigeish brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roast, alcohol, mild berries and some toffee to it. Flavour is roast, coffee, toffee, caramel, some mild spices as well as berries. Also a bit ashy in the finish.
bmerz (692) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nearly opaque dark brown beer with brown partially lasting head. The aromas is of cough syrup, cherries, licorice, spruce, pine, roasted malt. The flavor is like chewing on a spruce tree with a fire nearby. It’s not that sweet and is very bitter. Feel is astringent and tannic after fairly thick and lively start. Super awesome.
Aniela (2309) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Black beer with a beige head. Spicy aroma. Spicy and some tart flavour.
berntholer (801) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
quite dense mocha coloured head that disappears slowly with foam head and lacing. aroma of espresso, hop resin. taste of coffee, bitter, hop with a long aftertaste of liquorice. bottle 75 cl @ kerstbierenfestival 2012 / notes from backlog
wlajwl (3769) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is yeast, dark malts, berries and a small hint of astringency. The flavor is dark/earthy malts, mild heat, fruit and a mix of mild hoppiness and acidity in the finish.
foxo82 (680) - Tamworth (via Leicester), Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Little Delirium, Brussels. Black with a thick white top. Complex aroma of sweet fruitcake, grassy malt, coffee and liquorice. Taste initially malty, giving way to bittersweet intense coffee. Very long bitter finish - perhaps too much so for my tastes but I still really like this, despite it being so hard to drink.
Cunningham (4340) - Halden, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Black color with a big creamy beige head. Good lacing.
Aroma: Dark malt, chocolate, fruity and some spices.
Palate: Thick oily body. Slightly sweet, and a rich bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Really complex flavor. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, fruity and spicy.
Overall impression: Powerful beer. But I prefer the older versions of this beer.
Personal stats: Bottle from net order at Systembolaget, Sweden.