humlelala (1172) - DENMARK - JUN 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(2006 vintage; 10 cl bottleshare courtesy of Mark; HUGE thanks!!!) Pours thick black with a small, tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is rye bread, molasses and roasted malt with a whiff of oxydation. Creamy texture, flat, full bodied, with a dark and smooth yet warming finish. Flavour is mostly sweet with the dark fruit, molasses and oxydation coming through and not much bitterness. Probably past its prime but still a great experience.
LarsEngen (367) - Sandvika, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Haand Festivalen 2013. 2007 version, last keg. Pours black with a medium very creamy brown head. Aroma is very complex and nice with notes of roasted malts, milk chocolate and coffee. Very silky/smooth mouthfeel, it just glides slowly down. Nice. Low carbonation, full body, low bitterness.
gunnar (6919) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAY 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 version from tap at Haand 2013, shared with Abemorsten. Poured pitch black with a nice creamy brown head. Aroma is roasted, plenty, also liquorice, chocolate and coffee notes. Smooth mouthfeel, silky and low viscosity, struggling to swallow this nectar, pure pleasure from start till end.
Inbreak (3350) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2015 18.04.2014, 0,25l bottle (2007 vintage) @ Bishops Arms Gamla Stan:
Small brown creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is sweet, dark sugar, dark malts, sweet licorice, butterscotch, burnt caramel, dark fruits, hints of honey. Taste is kind of sour-ish oxidized, dark sour fruits, licorice, dark malts, grass, sour coffee, caramel, alcohol, paper, butterscotch. Medium bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Nice, but I guess it’s passed it’s pride quite a while ago.
16.06.2012, 0,18l bottle (2008) sampled @ BBGTC summer tasting:
Fyldig sødmerik lukt med preg av mørk malt, humle, mørk sjokolade, mørk tørka frukt, mørkt rørsukker, kaffi, whisky, trefat, honning. Fyldig sødmerik smak med preg av mørk malt, humle, mørkt rørsukker, mørk tørka frukt, sjokolade, kaffi, trefat, lakris, gras, vanilje, karamell, honning, alkohol. Lett oksidert. Middels bitterhet som set godt. Veldig god.
Simonsen (923) - NORWAY - MAY 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Haandfestivalen. Svartbrun olje farge. Beige skum. Olje konsistens. Tjære,kaffe,brent malt. Ganske mye sødme
The_Osprey (4218) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Akkurat, Stockholm. 2006 vintage, poured into tulip. Black, not much head, just a beige ring. Lots of port in the smell. Full bodied and semi sweet. Lots of roasted barley, a bit plasticy, alcohol comes through and is noticeable. Raisins in the finish. No real bitterness. Decent stuff.
mcberko (10569) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2013 Vintage 2006. 250mL bottle at Akkurat, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of rich dark fruits, some light roasted malts, and more dark fruits - very fruity. Flavour brings out heavy roasted malt, a little feint licorice, some dark fruits, and more roasted malt. Remarkably complex, with an exceptional depth. There is a syrupy quality to it as well, which would normally not work for me, but in this sense it is incorporated beautifully and only adds to the complexity. In general, there is an amazing balance of roast and dark fruits. Can only imagine what the Kaggen! is like!
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the CCB/RateBeer/Pre-Hunah Tasting (Tampa, FL). Pours a rich blackish pour, darker with good brownish glowing edges, frothy tannish head. Laces small as a small head. Aromas are touches of coconut, vanilla, roast, coffee. Gentle roast, a touch ashy as we move on. Caramel, toffee, toast. Some barrel. Initial is fuller bodied, toffee and toast, touch of red fruit, coffee, some roast, toast, and pretzels. Cocoa, faint creaminess. Initial is middle is a touch sweeter, firm bitter and dry element comes on with roast, some hops, and gentle smokiness. Gentle wood, roast, toast, and cocoa. Pleasant flavors with nice smky element, dryness, and cocoa. Tasty. Thanks Timo!
Leighton (15354) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at The Big Stout Tasting, London - many thanks to Ken for providing this major player. Vintage 2008. Pours dark brown with a rich, brown foam head. Musty dark malt nose with burnt bread, wood and dark chocolate. Medium to big sweet flavor, lightly tangy, with burnt/ wet wood, strong earthy bitterness, dark baking cocoa, some meat. Full bodied with fine, chewy carbonation. Dark sugars on the finish, brownies, dark earth. Rich and full character. Nice.
jackl (6111) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 Bottle @ THE Stouts Tasting. Cheers to Ken for the pour! The appearance is deep brown with a tiny espresso head. The nose is huge roasty chocolate, rich coffee. Sweet, earthy toffee. Just a hint of dark fruit - raisins and plums. The taste is softly vinous, red grape, more raisin. Rich coffee cinnamon bun. Plenty of roasted chocolate malts. Burnt brown sugar. Mild soy sauce. Full, thick body, soft carb. Plenty of sugar. Overall, quite nice, but there’s a mild raisin-like tang to this that I don’t love. Still, quite good.