mjs (3999) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught at Pikkulintu, 20120804) The beer poured black. Its head was medium sized and lightly brown. Aroma had roasted malts, liquorice and rye bread. Palate was full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were roasted malts, hops, rye bread, molasses and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty and bitter. Nice, balanced and alcohol was well hidden.
hallinghansen (1684) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ CBC.Dark brown body with a small offwhite head. Aroma is roasted malt, bread, brown sugar, spice, rye. Flavor is light hops, roasted malt, rye, syrup.
DrSilverworm (4021) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Black color. Thin brown head. Fades to minimal. Some dots of lace. Some sediment at the bottom of the glass. Good lighter crisp carbonation. Big smooth chewy body, more dry finish. Great texture. Good bitter sweet chocolate flavor. Nice and roasty. Some dark chocolate. Not sure if I’d have noticed the rye if it wasn’t on the label, but I do think there is a nice presence of toasty rye malts in here, it’s subtle but tasty. Slight hint of raspberry, too? I’m a fan. All I’ve had from Terrapin so far is the Wake-N-Bake, but this is up to snuff with that.
tfredvik (800) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was the last sample to be served on a tour at the Nøgne Ø brewery, and the many subtleties of this one probably escaped my tired palate. However, I did pick up notes of chocolate and coffee in the aroma and these were found in the flavours as well. Good bitter finish. The mouthfeel is absolutely incredible, it’s silky smooth and full bodied. Good stuff, but I desperately want to re-rate this one properly.
[10 cl sample from bottle at Nøgne Ø]
Miksu (4741) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Copenhagen Ølfestival 2012. Black color. Aromas of coffee and nuts. Bittersweet flavor with coffee, nuts, salty licorice and toffee. Bitter, coffeish and warming finish. Strong tasting yet pleasant sipper. Quite coffeish.
Christian (10357) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copenhagen Beer Festival, May 2012. Black with a small off-white head. Malty aroma with chocolate, a fine touch of coffee and a fruity note. Sweet and full bodied dark malty flavour with lots of chocolate and a citrus hoppy finish
larsga (5814) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium dark brown head. Opaque black body. Alcoholic fruity banana aroma with licorice, earth and chocolate notes. Dry-sweet perfumy strawberry and banana taste with roasty chocolatey notes. Full-bodied. Mild, soft, mealy mouthfeel. Dryish-sweet roasty grainy fruity aftertaste with perfumy licorice notes. Nice. Scarily drinkable. Interesting and different, too. (0.5l bottle, Grünerløkka Bryghus, Oslo.)
Cunningham (3673) - Halden, NORWAY - JUL 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a lovely and really great ale. And you can read a lot about it here. So I rather tell a funny story about it. I found this gem in Belgium. Brewed in Norway and travelled all the way down to The Belgians. But still half the price as in Norway!. Then it travelled through Luxembourg to Holland and Egmond Aam Zee where it ended it journey. Outstanding!
[Bottle from Mi-Orge Mi-Houblon in Arlon, Belgium]
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown-beige head over well-carbonated black beer. Ink, mocha, chocolate - both bitter and sweet. Then cheesy hops flaring up, as well as alcohol/fusels. Bitter, woody, hoppy and again lots of chocolate - probably chocolatemalt indeed. Something herbal playing, as basil after being heated. Feels well-carbonated, spritzy. Long, quite bitter-roasted aftertaste. Severe, but convincing porter.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - JUL 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Danske Ølentusiasters Ølfestival 2012, Copenhagen
Black color, with brown creamy head. Moderate aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, ass. Strong flavor of dark chocolate, but also a bit too much roasted malt, liquorice; salty finish; good body strength, and the mouthfeel is quite round thanks to some residual sweetness.
Good, not impressive.