motelpogo (7044) - 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 (2156) - 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 (3634) - 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 (140) - 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
lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A bottle from Ölbutikken, Copenhagen.I’ve struggled a bit when rating this beer. Not because I don’t think it’s a great tasting ale - which is really is - but because I don’t think it’s indicative of its style. Pours a wonderfully rich gingerbread brown with a cinnamon sprinkled head. The aroma suggested an IPA, with citrus hops, mainly grapefruit and blood orange, mixed with oak and a few coffee beans. The taste was initially sweet, with plums, figs and malty, creamy caramel. The hops took over in the middle, drawing out to a restrained bitter finish, tempered with a mild alcohol burn. No doubt this is great beer that I’ve marked on its merits rather than according to its style. However I would never have guessed the IBUs in this one and the distinct malty character is not how I remember the US DIPAs I’ve tried in the past that serve as my memory benchmark. So forget the style, but not this beer, because it’s yet another incredible brew from this outstanding Norwegian brewery.
Ughsmash (7182) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Many thanks to sk8viking for this amazing beer! Poured a rich, deep mahogany with hints of plum... quickly-receding beige head. Nose was of lightly-toasted dark fruits, wood, and chocolate... moderate intensity and complex. Flavor was a rich tapestry of chocolate malt, plums, raisins, and toasted nuttiness with dark fruit bitterness and complimentary alcohol.. warm finish. Sticky and heavier-bodied on the palate and the flavors flowed well. This was an amazing beer! Thanks Rene!
Maria (10176) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had waited a couple of years to find this beer, so it was with excitement and anticipation, that I opened the bottle. It’s murky mahogany and the head is large and white. The aroma has notes of aroma hops and roasted malts. The flavour is fruity and has a nice and complex citrus-like bitterness, that is nicely balanced by a light caramel sweetness. So was my expectations for this beer met? Indeed yes, a very, very nice beer!
hcalsos (205) - Rælingen, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Good strong aroma and a dark brown colour. Excellent palate, with a good long aftertaste. This one keeps me wanting more.
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Batch 167, Best for 15 07 11, I am guessing this is a 16.9oz bottle (it’s bigger than a 12oz, and smaller than a bomber). Pours a hazy orangeish red--quite dark for an IIPA--with a 1 1/2 finger light beige creamy head. Aroma of some citrus and earthy hops, some toasty and sweet malts, alcohol, and even a slight bit of vanilla(?). The taste up front is quite astringent, and I must say that just about all I taste is hops, though there is some toastyness in there as well. Maybe even a little raisiny vinous characteristics. Bone dry finish with some lingering bitterness. The alcohol is just a little too strong with this guy. The body is surprisingly light and smooth with light to moderate carbonation. Thank you from henrikb for this one.
Christian (11278) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2010 Hazy dark brown with a lasting off-white head. Floral and citrus hops aroma with surprisingly much malt backbone - without the cloying sweetness sometimes seen in double IPAs. A spicy bitter flavour, with a lingering hop bitterness, but still plenty of malt. Excellent idea to make a Special Event IPA and add both hops and maltiness to the mix! Grows on me every time I drink it...
Just had a 2007 bottle in May 2010. Has added some toffee, chocolate and dried fruit to the mix. The hops are reduced, but not gone. The velvet mouthfeel is extraordinary. No sign of oxidation.