Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Robe acajou foncée légèrement voilée surmontée d’une mousse beige épaisse qui s’estompe. Arômes de torréfié, de caramel, de levures et de pain. Saveurs de dattes, de figues, de caramel, de houblon citronné et de vanille.
tykjen (182) - Florø, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My rating # 100. Very dark, actually dark red. Very nice flowery/citusy hoppy aroma. After a while it blends with caramel, licorice and some alcohol. The initial flavour is very promising and complex, but then the resinous high-alpha hops take completely over the picture and takes the beer completely out of balance. This is of course a matter of personal preference, but I would definately prefer a cleaner hop for such a high level of bitterness. Afterall, it’s a good beer. It has benefited from the extra time since I tasted it one year ago. Last year I though it was definately an IIPA, but now, with the glowing red color and the licorice (so typical for aged strong ales), it reminds me more of a barley wine.
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2009 Thin soapy head of very fine bubbles. Kind of frothy after it settles. Nice hoppy, sweet and fruity aroma with plenty of hops presence. Little bit of roasted malts also. Hazy dark brown in color. Dry and bitter flavor with a big roasty palate. Noticable alcohol presence. Warms as it goes down. Not balanced very well. Too roasty and not enough hops in the flavor, especially for an IIPA. Dry bitter finish. Little chalky with a bit of lingering harsh bitterness in the aftertaste. Starts good and then disappoints. Thanks to etowneraser for this one.
Second try has much more hops presence in the flavor and is much better balamced. No chalkyness just a smack across the face with a hand ful of hops. Very good. Rating adjusted.
Grovlam (4150) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Head was small, frothy and white. Fair lacing. Color was very dark brown. Aroma was wild flower, grapefruit, pine, dry fruit, liquorish, coffee, caramel. Alcohol could be felt in mouth as a warming feeling. Full bodied with a soft carbonation and a dry texture because of the heavy use of hops. Moderated bitter flavor with a good balanced of sweetness. Slightly dry and light bitter finish. A very different take on the IPA style with the heavy use of malt. I think this experiment succeeded very well.
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - FEB 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark chestnut colour with light cream coloured head. Interesting aroma with flowery hops, chocolate and dried fruits.
Can’t quite figure out if this is brilliant or mad - with its combo of fairly dark malts and agressive bitter hops. Alcohol is quite obvious and detracts a bit from the ratings.
faroeviking (10299) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Cloudy orange amber colourv with a nice lasting head. Very fruity aroma. Flavour is crisp and dry, very fruity, quite sweet, good maltiness, alcoholic. Nice bitter finish. Tasty brew!
motelpogo (5815) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
rbesg06, bottle at haket. purpley brown with a steady off-white head. massive cookie and pine aroma. really spicy and tasty, probably not the best beer to drink midway through a big tasting session. anyways, stewed fruit sweetness, plenty of alcohol apparent but swamped by heaps of juicy bitterness. warming, quite a swillable texture, very nice
Gr0ve (2077) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle. Dark brown colour with a medium-sized head. Clear. Pungent herbal hop aroma. Lots of hops. Alcohol is quite prominent and cuts through most of the palate. Medium-bodied. Unfortunately the body is a bit too thin and does not stand up against the hops and the alcohol leaving it unbalanced. Should have had more body and more maltiness. Still, this is a brave beer given the current Norwegian beer market. Kudos.
rauchbier (3499) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, at White Horse Babbelfest, August 2005. Hazy dark chestnut, moderate off white head and good condition. Gentle sweet chocolate and alcohol with hints of fruit in the nose, big sweet and fruity mouth full of fig and chocolate, and a long chocolate dry and spirity finish.
anaheim1983 (114) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Got from BB who went overseas. Rich mahogany to brown. dark and malty for an IPA but good never the less. Very hoppy nose and flavor, nice malty finish