NosirIwont (2290) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 Bottle. Pours a deep, dark red/brown with a big, fluffy light brown head. This is the darkest IIPA I have seen. Beautiful! Sweet, spicy and hoppy aroma. Flavour is sweet and spicy. Lots of fruity notes; plums. Notes of cough medicine (!) and sweet licorice. This feels more like a Belgian Strong than an IIPA, although not completely. Finish is candy-like. Bitter, but as bitter as a lot of other ipa’s and iipa’s. The alcohol is quite visible, but not annoying. Lingering notes of yeast. 26-12-07.
BBB63 (6526) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Deep brown with reddish highlights topped by a fading head, no lace, oily appearance. The aroma is phenolic and boozy, caramel, chocolate, walnut, plum, fig, bready and hint of clove. The taste has a nice fruity twang and bittersweet character. A tad syrupy and malty in the middle. The finish has light spice and a note of nuts. Sharp and warming mouth feel with a dry mineral finish. A solid brew but I will still re-rate from one of my bottles. (FYI, maybe this was an IIPA when first released but now it more barley wine) THX Ryan
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
50 cl bottle, brewed 03/05. Clear but dark burgundy with a coating bone head. Nose is soft and bready caramel with cheese and orange. Hard to believe this is 10%. A bit of carb, body is medium light. Toffee and caramel, green grass bittering with underlying citrus. Not a lot of hops remain but still good.
pintocb (651) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strange beer. Pours like a porter, dark and opaque. The aroma is sweet, dark and bitter with a hint of pine. The flavor is almost like a porter mixed with a double IPA. Lots of dark flavors to go with the color. Great amount of effervescence and full mouthfeel.
StefanSD (2322) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle from Holiday. Pours a very dark brown--almost black--color that only shows a few red highlights when held to a light. The head is khaki colored, three fingered and last a while. The aroma is strong with citrus and pine telling you that this is a big bold IPA. Biter hops greet you in the tasting forefront, followed by grapefruit, burnt malts and more piney hops. The mouthfeel is full, smooth and creamy. The finish is long and showcases more biter hops with a touch of caramel, but its the palate that really carries the day and makes this a special brew. Overall: This is one beer that malt-heads and hop-heads alike will appreciate. A very original DIPA. Recommended.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a medium, yet quickly diminishing, foamy light brown head. Smells of mild hops, toasty malts, light caramel, raisins, and molasses. The flavor has more profound hops than the aroma let on. Definitely a distinct hop bitterness attacking the palate throughout. Also mixed in, were some syrupy malts, walnuts, and slight roast that kept the hop bitterness somewhat in control. This is exactly what it seems. A former double IPA, turned barley wine. Still it has transformed fairly nicely, and drinking quite well at the moment.
DenverLogan (1026) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown; lingering amber head of different size bubbles. Aroma of coffee, molassas, tobacco, carob, earth, rich malts. Rich, warming, full bodied monster with big hops and malts. Rich roasted malts, molassas, bitter chocolate, chocolate syrup, burnt toast, pine resin hops...big bite finish.
Proteus (98) - FINLAND - DEC 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber color with a small head. Heavy and excellent aroma, citric and and fresh but deep at the same time, some alcohol in the aroma. Flavor is well-balanced bitter and malty. A very distinct Nøgne Ø brew indeed, not too bitter but still enough to give it a nice touch and a maltiness that gives you warmth and deepness. Very warm aftertaste. Great beer.
thornecb (5365) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep amber into a snifter. Tan micro head with excellent retention leaves sheet lacing as it slowly recedes. Very nice looking. Pine and resin aromas. Creamy, full and sticky sweet carmelized marshmallow upfront with a lasting grapefruit finish. Sweeter than a prefer, but excellent experience all-around. The burnt upfront sweetness matches the bitter finish perfectly.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mr Goodbar Good Beer Club. Dark black IPA similar to Stone XI. Rare mix of piney hops, chocolate, roastiness, burnt. Enjoyable Full mouthfeel somewhat sticky. very good would like to try a bit more than the small sample I had