17thfloor (2412) - 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 (2078) - 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.
joergen (18875) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home.
Hazy brown coloured with a medium sized off white head.
Fruity aroma of caramel, dried fruits, anise and coriander with notes of yeast.
Fruity flavour of caramel, liquorice, anise and coriander with notes of dried fruits.
Defreni (2218) - Husum, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaske: Mørkebrun klar øl med et lille skumhoved. Parfumeret krydret duft med en lille smule alkohol. Fin smag, meget alkohol som den langsomt varmes op hvilket trækker en kende ned. Men fint eksperiment.
abemorsten (2199) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
0,5 l bottle. Pours clear dark red brown with a large tanned creamy head.
A fantastic aroma which is so comprehensive that it’s really hard to dissect it all. Passion fruit, apricot, syrup, berries, perfume, alcohol, coriander... Fresh and inviting!.
Although the initial impact of the beer is a bit overwhelming, the transition to a more subtle phase is quick. Tastes sweet and light bitter with the alcohol well hidden, hints of coriander. Long after taste of roasted caramel and cardamom.
Medium bodied. Smooth.
Looking at earlier ratings it would seem like the draught version was nothing like the bottled version.
(By recommendation of bartender and brewmaster of Haandbryggeriet at Olympen, Oslo. 13.1.2010.)
Skinnyviking (6235) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. High creamy and long lastking off-white head leaving nice long lacings. Clear dark red brown body. Barley malt aroma with caramel, honey, nuts and alcohol. Smooth caramel cocoa buttery creamy flavor with little hops bitterness but with a long sweet aftertaste. Alcohol subdued in the flavor.
larsga (5812) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
No real head, possibly bottom of keg. Muddy opaque dark brown body. Floral yeasty aroma with coriander and alcohol notes. Maybe some roastiness? Dryish-sweet floral herbal taste with Belgian yeast profile and coriander notes, as well as hintes of spice, chocolate, and pepper. Warm (from the alcohol), smooth mouthfeel. Fullish body. Dry grassy spicy floral aftertaste lasts a long time. Excellent, and highly drinkable, despite fairly powerful flavour. (0.35l draft at Olympen, Oslo.)
Beer4000 (4104) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2011 On tap @ Patricks. Hazy, murky brown body with a thin beige head. Aroma is citric fruity, sweet malt and some undefined spices. Flavor is sweet malt, citric fruity like orange and apricot, spicy and rather alcoholic. My fellows where convinced about the coriander, and I agree there are some of that here, but I think there is some other undefined spices dominating here. I might be fooled by all these unusual flavors, but that’s just the way it is. The first sips where quite nice and refreshing, then just a bunch of flavors where bombing my palates and making a mess out of everything. It’s an interesting beer and I might try it again, but it confuses me and I don’t find it very balanced. The low carbonation is not exactly giving this brew the refreshing this might needs. This is not an extreme beer, its just to undefined for me.
Re-ratet from bottle in December 2010. Clear, deep amber body with a small but nice and dense off-white head. Aroma is very fruity like lemongrass. Flavor is fruity, lemongrass, balanced sweet and bitter. Much more balanced than in 2009.
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2011 Tap at Cardinal, Stavanger. Hazy brown color, almost no head (beige). Aroma is coriander, a bit acidicity and oak. Flavor is spicy (coriander, anis), orange peel, moderate sweetness, a bit vinous, yeast, oak, hops and alcohol. Moderate carbonation. Lots of tastes, but not in balance. Strange beer, indeed. 8-2-7-3-14=3,4.
Re-rate, bottle (batch #439): Balanced after 1,5 years in bottle. Lovely.