ClubGonzo (3854) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
This beer is what I would call a failed experiment from Nøgne Ø. The name itself suggests a style hybrid, but what I get is a style hydra - this beer goes head-lashing out in all directions at once, never finding home. Pouring a deep brown-black brew with a thin, off-white top, Imperial Dunkel Wit gives me a nose full of dark malts, juniper and pine. My first sip seems to be fighting with itself all the way down to my stomach, failing to ever find peace - even there. The combatant tastes resemble a rag-tag guerilla squad: maize, clove, licorice, cola beans, juniper and maple syrup. And some non-descript funkyness. All mashed together in a sweetness which goes slightly over the top. The 10% ABV is well masked, evident only in the warming effect it has on me. The low carbonation and taste gives the whole thing a cough syrup feeling, and I get the feeling I’m drinking some sort of herbal medicine or snaps rather than a beer. The cough syrup thing - coupled with a heavy sweetness - makes the whole thing rather nauseating after a while. Should have shared this one with another human guinea pig; the Imperial Dunkel Wit is simply too hard for me to swallow alone. The only thing saving this from an utter disaster is the originality of it - never tasted anything like it before - which I guess might attract a few followers, different as we beer drinkers are. :-) Still, as far as I’m concerned: better luck next time, Nøgne Ø.
hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle… Pours very dark with some burnt orange flashes around the edges of the glass and a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. The nose is an unusual, complex marriage of smoked meat, orange peel, coriander, light molasses, tobacco and crusted port. Full-bodied and oily with tingly carbonation. The flavor starts sugary; then, unsweetened dark chocolate, tobacco, mineral bitterness, light acidity and a touch of coriander arrive on the scene to lend balance. Rather than an abrupt or even lengthy finish, the flavor sort of slowly fades away.
thebeertourist (4755) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Olympen, Oslo. Dark ruby red with a good offwhite head. Spicy aroma with coriander coming out on top. Some smokiness, too. Superspiced beer-coriander reigns supreme, almost medicinal. Easily drinkable, but way too much coriander.
GT2 (8161) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
500mL. White label with green Ø. Pours a fizzy cola deep brown with a decent brown head that shows some rockiness but fizzles quickly away and leaves little lace. No cloudiness like a good dunkelweizen. Aroma is weird: some vomit, cologne, oxidized cheap whiskey, booze. Taste is super sweet, medicinal, cough syrup, chemicals, flat Diet Pepsi, flat Coke Zero. Just really gross. Drain Pour.
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Poured a deep brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roast and just lots of different spices. Tastes of the same spices (lots of them), caramel, and fruity.
patrickfannon (1235) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 22 oz. Pours cola brown with a fizzy, thin tan head. Aroma of caramel, roasted malts, ginger, spice, and hints of tart berries. Body is rather odd for a Belgian strong; initially a bit aggressive, but becomes smooth and even a bit thin in the finish. Palate is spicy and a bit sticky. Decent brew.
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle 50 cl. Pours a clear reddish brown. Head is off-white but dissipates in no time. Aroma has loads of coriander and alcohol - smells like a cheap cologne. Body is only medium, has a little dried fruit, but coriander and lavender dominates on an amazingly boozy background. This really could be mistaken for a cheap perfume, one that wasn’t meant for consumption. 090210
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml. Pours a super dark root beer color, clear, with a thinner fizzy foamy sudsy cola head. Aroma is super spiced, what seems like lots of anise and sweet cola, sassafras, rich birch syrup, some orange and maybe lemon-grass with some alcohol to sharpen it all up a bit. Flavor is twice as spiced as the aroma indicates, ridiculous amounts of orange peel, again anise/licorice, very rich birch syrup, some seemingly woody/vinous notes, has lots of root beer flavors, the alcohol warms the sweet spicy rich flavors nicely, some roundness, ashy dark fruits, slight burnt toffee and chocolate, tons of orange peel, lasting ginger aftertaste, reminds me quite a bit of Bell’s Eccentric Ale 2008. Medium/full bodied, oily and slick but fairly dry, great carbonation. A truly unique beer that I almost spat out at first. I can see the bad ratings of this came from almost 6 months ago, I have no doubt this was a mess then because it is still quite jarring now, but I’m sure it’s smoothed and mellowed a lot. This beer is pretty awesome!
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2010
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml Bottle: Aroma of ginger, flowers, lemongrass, and anise. Poured copper/deep amber/brown in color with a small, off-white/tan, dense head that disappeared except for around the edges. Cloudy. Very slightly sparkling. Full of small particles throughout. Complex flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of spices, ginger, lemongrass, anise, flowers, slight malt, slight toffee, slight hops, and a slight hint of dark ripe fruits. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Ginger, lemongrass, anise, and spice finish is medium sweet. Quite an odd beer. 10%ABV is totally hidden throughout.
Gr0ve (2127) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle. Mahogany coloured. Clear. Medium-sized off-white head. Interesting perfumey aroma with quite a lot of spices, but it comes through nicely balanced. Some grass from hops, or is just it the coriander? Notes of black pepper and cardamom. Smooth texture. Carbonation is soft. Rich malts that harmonize well with the spices. Light hop bitterness towards the end. An excellent beer.