awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 500mL Bottle. Pours a mostly transparent, garnet tinged cedar bark brown color with a thick layer
of well sustaining, fine bubbled, light mocha head. Bold citrusy hop aromas. Beneath the hop shroud, some cocoa
and biscuity malts slowly emerge. Hints of caramel, vanilla, and sticky grain sugar complexities try to come out,
but are overwhelmed by the hops. Moderate alcohol presence in the nose. Medium full bodied, creamy
carbonated mouthfeel with a moderately sticky texture. Moderately sweet caramel, cocoa, and light raisin bread malt
flavors up front, but these are overwhelmed by a heavy, pithy, grapefruit rind hop bitterness. The beer has
definitely improved a bit with age; fresh, the hops were so overwhelming the malt was barely noticeable. Now, the
hop flavors have retreated, allowing an apparently rich malt body to come through, but the perceived bitterness is
still too pithy and strong to make this feature stand out, and has also started to develop a bit of a scratchy flavor.
Molasses glazed pumpernickel bread, but then, more hops get in the way. I desperately want to try this beer with
a different hop schedule and see what it tastes like because it indicates near amazing. Skillwise, the carbonation, texture, color, and mouthfeel are perfect, a testament to some truly talented brewers.
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of hops, caramel, and sour citrus fruit. Good texture. Taste is malty and hoppy with some alcohol on the finish. The flavor of this one just didnt do it for me. First Nogne I’ve been disappointed by.
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark brown with a tall and extremely creamy tan head. Aroma is a mix between malty sweetness and overpowering hops, caramel, chocolate, alcohol, and wheat. Wheat gives it an unbelievably creamy texture. Taste represents a strong beer. The caramel malts and chocolate flavor overwhelm the hop finish which really just ends up being a slightly dry and earthy alcohol taste which heats up as it lingers.
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at the April Northern California Beer Tasting. This Imperial IPA pours a deep amber brown color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel and malt, with a fairly pronounced citrusy hop finish. A medium bodied 2xIPA. The malts are caramel and sweet. The hops are grapefruity and citrusy. Hey, it’s a west coast IPA… what do you mean its from Norway? Well, it’s not quite that hoppy, but you get the idea. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Superbrugsen, Aarhus, DK.
Very bitter hopped with grape fruit flavor. Alcohol is balanced to sweetness
raphael (1088) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A unique & well-made beer. Aroma of bitter hops, bubble gum & chocolate. Darkest brown with perfect dark tan head that last a good while. clean & aromatic in the mouth. flavors of sour cherry, caramel, a bass bitterness bridging the citrus & reiny, strong alochol flavor, a little sourness. very bitter finish with a little sticky lips.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled with Mad_Indian. Pours brown with amber edges and a large tan head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, black malt, and piney hops. The flavor is sweet upfront, caramel, fruit, and a piney bitter finish. Good body, exceptional brew.
theisti (3651) - Kansas, USA - APR 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, Washington. Pour is murky brown with some ruby highlights. The head is tan and quite big and fluffy (3 inches). Nice settling. Some very nice lacing is left behind on the glass. Aroma of sweet ripe fruit malt and pine hoppiness. There is also a dusty earthiness present. Taste is nice, the sweetness is more rounded and the pine hoppiness is quite bright with a nice resin freshness to it. The resin turns to a bit of burnt wood in the finish as it warms. The heat is fairly well masked. This reminds me a lot of a fresh "West Coast" Barley Wine or even Stone’s 11th Anniversary. I realize Nøgne made a Double IPA here, but the taste reminds me of that. Nice medium full body. Overall, a nice beer.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from the bottle and in the glass a dark brown shade with a thick tan head. Aromas of bitter hops and some smokiness. Very smooth and silken on your palate for sure. Good solid hops and dark maltiness. Long lasting flavors and hoppiness.Very cool lacing in the glass to boot. Another good brew from the boys in Norway.
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours to a dark black cola colored body with a foamy tan head. The aroma is super hoppy with lots of grapefruit and some herbal things going on. Some sugar. The flavor is bitter, grassy, grapefruit, and herbal hops. Chocolate malt on the finish. Some heavy sweet caramel malt up front. Resiny bitterness and moderately sweet mouthfeel.