VsXsV (2682) - Linköping, - FEB 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Murky brown liquid with small to medium brown head. Aroma of dark fruit, raw sugar, wood, honey, nail polish, bourbon and booze. A bit phenolish. Taste is medium to high sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of candy, dark fruit and booze. Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation. The nail polish component isn’t nice. The high ABV doesn’t add anything to the beer... Do something balanced instead.
gyllenbock (5666) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Systembolaget, bought in March 2013.
Hazy dark brown with a small firm tan head. Aroma of alcohol, fruit, oak and bourbon. Sweet taste of oak, light licorice, bourbon, some fruit. The body was full and the carbonation low. Warming alcohol in the finish. Really strong but still rather drinkable.
Rune (9079) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml in a dark green bottle with a golden neck. Vintage 2012 bought at Vinmonopolet Tromsdalen. Fair fawn-coloured head dissipating over an unclear red-brownish body. Prominent aromas of bread, herbal hops and bourbon. Comprehensive taste of juicy bread, figs, vanilla oak and ripe orange. Port and bourbon backbone. Dried fruity ending with tingling alcohol down the swallow. Enjoying, heavy stuff. (Slow sipper during the earth hour, Tromsø 28.03.2015).
gunnfryd (12102) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 26, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Kristiansand Øl Festival 2014. Red brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, dried fruit, alcohol. Flavour is sweet, malt, caramel, sugar, dried fruits, caramel, oak, bourbon, hop, chocolate, coffee. Full body. Warming very nice beer.
Beer4000 (4982) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample @ Kristiansand ølfestival. Unclear reddish brown body with a lacing, small off-white head. Strong and good aroma of sweet malt, caramel, dry fruit, hint of chocolate and surprisingly low alcohol. Flavor is sweet malt, caramel, dry fruit, oranges, some oak and bitterness. Full bodied and long lasting aftertaste with warming alcohol. It’s kinda sweet and boozy but not in a bad way.
Finn (4710) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaske 375ml fra Vinmonopolet Tromsdalen. Ekstremt dyp amber. Bra skum med litt farge. Varer en stund. Heftig aroma av sherry. Innslag av plommer & fiken. Smaken en kaskade av ulik frukt. Både sur og søt i en herlig blanding. En lurer på hvor alkoholen er blitt av men den kommer snikende med en behagelig tørrhet - og røde kinn. Kanskje i søtligste laget men denne kunne jeg tenke meg både til og som dessert.
Sigmund (5616) - Tau, NORWAY - DEC 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
375 ml bottle, vintage 2012, from the Norwegian importer. ABV is 17.2%. Cloudy dark brown colour, moderate to low off-white to beige head. Intense sweetish and alcoholic aroma of molasses, bourbon, vanilla and oak, Very oaky flavour, again bourbon and vanilla, with loads of molasses, sugar and alcohol, also roasty and hoppy notes. Impressive in a way, but not harmonious. Not sure that I would buy this one again. *P.S.: As I finished the bottle, I have to admit that I somehow found the alcoholic warmth quite pleasing, as I slowly got used to it. There are also some notes of dark dried fruits that are quite nice.
FunkyF (308) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Prov på Örebro öl och whiskeymässa. Doft av russin och fat. Söt med smak av torkad frukt och fat.
Gorm (1677) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mørk brun nesten sort farve med beige skum. Lukt av portvin, mørk frukt og rosin. Smak av sherry, kaffe, karamell, sjokolade og mørk frukt. Antagelig lagret på brukte eikefat derav smak av sherry og portvin. Søt og god. Vintage 2012. Vinmonopolet.
ClubGonzo (4551) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 27, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours a murky deep brown body with a large, creamy off-white head. Nose is large boozy notes, wood, mild bourbon, brown sugar, caramel, resin and hints of toffee, figs, licorice and herbs. Taste is loads of alcohol, caramel, burnt sugar, resin, toffee and hints of wood, bourbon and pine. Full body, medium carbonation. Holy bananas, what a booze bomb! The complexity in the back really serves little to hide the onslaught of alcohol which is seemingly permeating every molecule of this crazy stuff. Maybe I’ll buy a bottle and try to mellow it out by cellaring for about 150 years, but then again: maybe not - it really isn’t that good. (Oh, if any admins are reading this: it’s pretty obvious that this is way more an American Strong Ale than anything else...)
yngwie (14923) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, at Kristiansand Ølfestival. It pours a dark unclear brown body under a dense, finger-thick head. The alcohol is sure present, which isn’t surprising at 17.2%, but there’s also lots of room for toffee and chocolate. Some coffee and prunes chiming in. Warming, full-bodied and soft on the palate, with malty sweetness, toffee, coffee and some dark chocolate. Prune hints towards the warming, sweet finish. Too sweet and warming this one, but sure decent. 140823