Skinnyviking (6220) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Off-white lasting head. Unclear dark red body. Powerful aroma of blackberries and hops. Flavor well hops all over.
bogdi1 (32) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Bierkönig - Thanks a lot Jeppe! First of all, this wasn truly something else I was expecting. Yes, there are some hops in the aroma but more than that I would describe this as an aroma of an fruity barley wineish old ale with an extra alcohol (sherry)-kick. Sweet, syrupy maltiness with those dark fruits push the hops to the background - thing that doesn’t make me happy. Flavor is complex and warming but still a little odd considering the style. After a long week at work this was a nice night-cap but otherwise I wasn’t too impressed. And to be honest, I wouldn’t have labeled this under DIPA-category at all.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Medelhavspärlan, Stockholm
Aroma fills your head completely with flowery hops. Wonderful. Starts off a bit sweet and full of tropical fruits. Evolves into more complex notes of malts, hops and toasted bread. Finish is a long lingering sweet hoppiness with toffee and caramel. I could not have guessed this is a 10 percenter.
Finn (3089) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 0,5l. Batch 150. Dark brown with a lasting off-white soapy head. A hoppy smell. Extremely complex taste: Caramel, toffee, apricot.. Slides into a roasted bitterness that goes on and on. It’s strength comes through and warms your cheek. A very good way to celebrate may rating #100.
KnutAlbert (5544) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aged for one year, bottle at Bar & Cigar, Oslo. Lots of complex flavours, reminds me of an English Old Ale with dried fruits and a sherry-like aroma.
chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the White Horse, Parsons Green, (BabbleBelt meet-up) August 2005. Dark brown, slightly muddy looking in appearance (I may have got the end of the bottle).80 IBU? IIPA? Must admit I wouldn’t have picked that at all. Perhaps the massive treacle toffee, deep malt and dark chocolate presence counterbalances the hoppiness exactly. In which case, this has to go down as perfectly balanced. There’s a tarry, slightly medicinal, bitterness coming through late although the overall impression remains relatively mellow and smooth. Perhaps, as a beer that is big in every other way, it could do with just a bit more power in the mouthfeel. Otherwise, top notch.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Mads and Jeppe in my first overseas trade. pours darker than any other IIPA or IPA I have ever seen.Looks more like a Belgian Strong Ale. Nose is a superb blend of floral hops,sweet syrupy malts and a combo of exotic dark fruits including but not limited to: Dates,Figs and bananas. Nice but weird for the style. Tastes a little old as the hops are all I can get and I am reaching for those.Tastes like maybe this has become a bit acrid.
jfm (1725) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown color with a off-white head. The taste a sweet roasted body. Very balanced with pleasant hoppy notes.
Ernest (5860) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 Bottle.
Head is initially huge, frothy, rocky, brown, fully lasting.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, toasted grain, caramel), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough).
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Not as oxidized as the one I had in Montreal a couple years ago (which I gave a 3.1). Hoppier nose too, which crushes any subtleties. A very American-style barleywine. If only the malt would shine a bit more in the nose, I could get more excited about it. As it is, it’s too hoppy in the style I dislike (piney, grapefruity). Good for what it is, but not enticing for my nostrils. Great appearance and mouthfeel help the score.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Happy birthday to me.
Clear mahoganey body. Creamy, soapy, thick, and lasting light brown head. Strong centenniel hop character, rye, roasted grass, sweet rose perfume. Flavor caught me off guard. Dry roasted rye malt and sweet malty tannins. Centenniel piney hops and sweet oak. A lot of sweet oak, actually. Like a watery, raw, stout malt with lots of hops. This is a very interesting beer, with the roasted rye character (at least, that’s what I get out of it). I’ve now started eating some cave-aged emmenthaler, and it seems perfectly matched... they’re fighting my tastebuds as we speak. Time to go fight in bed.