Lowenbrau (1624) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - MAR 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo.06-03-2014.
In short: a sweet amber ale.
Pours dark red with nice off white head. Short head retention, some lacing. malty, caramel, spicy aromas. Medium body, average carbonation, some crispy texture. Taste is too much caramel, some spicy, subtle roasty flavours. A bit unbalanced. Enjoyable anyway.
Holmen2 (286) - NORWAY - FEB 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown, with beige head. Sweet cherries and toffee in aroma. Cherries, chocolate, toffee and good desert wine in taste, with a slightly sour sting. Round mouthfeel.
tfredvik (904) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy, very dark red to copper body with a nice off-white head that ends up as a very thin layer, good lacing. The aroma is strong and has some really delicious notes of slightly overripe fruits. It’s a very hoppy aroma, but I also get nice notes of caramel. In addition to these notes, that actually reminds me of an aged DIPA, I get herbs and liquorice, or maybe we’ll just merge those two into anise seed. The taste is a wonderful mix of massive sweetness and long-lasting, biting bitterness. A whole bottle is maybe a bit too much sweetness for one man to handle, but it’s fairly well balance nevertheless. The flavours are very strong and complex, it’s heavy hoppy and moderate malty: a huge basket of sweet fruits (both slightly overripe fresh fruits, and dried fruits), grapefruit, caramel and refreshing anise. The alcohol is perfectly integrated. The mouthfeel is beyond belief, the texture of this full-bodied masterpiece is smooth, velvety and creamy and the carbonation is soft + a few extra bubbles. L-O-V-E-L-Y!
[50 cl bottle, enjoyed 10 months after bottling, batch 951, from Vinmonopolet Ullevål, Oslo]
Gr0ve (2107) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 22, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle from Vinmonopolet, Vika. Dark brown and somewhat unclear. Earthy aromas with hints of bark and must. Alcohol aromas. Warming as it enters the mouth. Rich and caramelly. Bready and nutty malts. Prunes. Unclean and muddy flavours. The alcohol is easy to notice. Did not like this one much.
TBone (11727) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Beer Hunters.
Hazy amber color, good off-white head. Woody and berryish aroma, a bit toffeish. Even Earthy. Medium-bodied. Berryish, strawberry, red currant, toffee Sweetish and kind of messy. I don’t get an idea of this brew.
AaronTDubs (11) - - FEB 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Starts sweet..finishes smooth, then lingers with a slight bitterness. Almost a doughy flavor, but in a good way. Complex, has many layers to the taste. Very alcoholic, but it is very hard to tell by how smooth it is. Dark red hues, very pretty. I really like this beer.
TET (1398) - FINLAND - FEB 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A beautiful, reddish brown beer with a creamy, big and yelloish head. The nose is sweet and caramelly, riped fruits, strawberries, some tropical fruits, hint of dry wood, medium bitterness. Taste isn’t so sweet than aroma, still sweet and caramelly malts, wood, some herbs. Medium+ bodied, low carbonation, quite smooth to drink. Quite nice, strongly malty beer, a pretty good balance.
Finn (3754) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flaske 0,5l. Gave fra Rune. Drukket hjemme 11 Nov 13. Mørkebrun. Høyt luftig skum som varer lenge. Litt lacing. God fruktaroma. Fersken. Smaken fint balansert. Mørk frukt. Svisker. Fyldig. Syrlig bitter ettersmak som varer lenge.
erickok (3037) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - FEB 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown glowing body, stable head. Sweet spicy cake, pumpkin even, dough, cinnamon, fresh citrus and a well developed yeast. Very drinkable, some alcohol, some spice. Rye bread aftertaste. Nice brew, quite expensive but we’ll drinkable and interesting enough. Alcohol and sweet fruit. Nice brew, but quite justifies the abv. Almost too clean. (50cl bottle from Saveur Bière)
ComradeK (903) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Pours a hazy deep copper, with a moderate light beige head, which lasts reasonably well and leaves a little lacing. Floral and leafy hops sit over a malty base of toffee and dried fruits to create the aroma. Strong floral and spice hops up front give way to a full-bodied malty mix of toffee and boozy fruitcake. Grapefruit hops come in towards the finish, which brings in candied fruits. I do like a good imperial red ale, and this is certainly that.