NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Regardless of teh caveat at the end in the editor’s note, this is nothing like an IIPA, aside from the high ABV and hop rate. The chocolate malt comes through nice and strong to give a great malt back bone with smooth roasty notes and obvious C-hop character. Definitely seems very porter-esque to me. Very good, though.
taunusmies (337) - FINLAND - MAR 28, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown colour, thick medium-sized off-white head. Fruity, flowery, aromatic smell. Very complex aroma which is built on sweet malts with layers of dried fruits, raisins, hops and turning to warm, roasty and sweet maltiness as time goes by. Needless to say: totally full of character. Mouthfeel is rich and soft, absolutely pleasant (when the temperature is not too cold, of course). Alcohol is well hidden. The negative point is the high price of this excellent brew here in Finland.
Blom (836) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy orange with a fine head. Hops and alcohol governs the aroma, while the flavours are sweet like candy sugar and alcohol going into an aggressive salty bitterness toward the end.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at Stone. Dark brown with a creamy tan head. Molasses and spice aroma. Dry citrus, molassess, caramel taste with a nice spiciness.
zeke626 (456) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to akevitt for sharing. Pours a dark brown body and light brown head that leaves a small amount of lacing. Aroma of fresh, floral hops and malts. Interesting beer - starts like an IIPA, but ends with the complexity of a barley wine. Flavor is all hops at the beginning, but then turns to more malty flavors with hints of burnt toast and citrus. Milk chocolate finish with a coffee aftertaste.
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - MAR 23, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 <i>50 cl bottle @ Bishops Arms, Karlstad, shared with Bananamaniac.</i>
Aroma: Amazing, powerful, with plenty of hops in there. Sweet chocolatelike smell too... a bit nutty.
Flavour: Very complex with typical american hops, citrus, grapefruit. Extremely bitter, but in a well-balanced way... plenty of sweetness, roasted malt, nuts and chocolate.
Palate: Absolutely wonderful... smooth, though the bitterness, and very mellow.
<i>Second tasting. 50 cl bottle @ Bishops Arms, Karlstad, shared with Bananamaniac.</i> Pours a deep brown color with a nice white/beige foam. Quite a lot of yeast particles A wonderful aroma of citrus fruits, hops, notes of roasted malt and chocolate. Flavour is of aromatic citrus hops, grapefruit and elderflowers... some malty chocolate like taste shines through, and it’s very pleasant. Ends bitter, but not extremely bitter (maybe because it wasn’t that fresh this time). One of my favourite beers from Nögne Ö.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
carmelly with some toasted nuts, chocolate, pine cones, grapefruit and blood orange, and some interesting yeasty flavor. gives it a fresh wet flavor. very tastey. i definitely have "more like a IIPA than a BW" written in my notes, but then I read the disclaimer on the commercial deScription and now it makes sense.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAR 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with some tan head. Aroma is citrus hops, caramel malt, lightly roasted chocolate, pine, and alcohol. Slightly soft palate. The flavor is a mixture of sweet and lightly roasted malt up front, with citrusy hops, and a resiny finish. Solid IIPA with good hopping and bitterness.
janir (216) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color is dark, dirty brown. Head is light brown. Aromas are citrus fruits, mango?, yeast, sweety malts with lots of hops. Alcohol comes also through. Flavors are malt, spices, pine with lots of hops. Alcohol can’t be tasted at all but you can feel it. Beer is full-bodied, smooth and balanced.
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Brown beer with a tan head. Citrus, caramel, earthy, pine aroma. Rich malt flavor with lot of hops - malt, caramel, pine, citrus. Medium bodied. Lingering malt, pine. Balanced - nicely done. More of an ASA than a IIPA