argo0 (11635) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 23, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft. Clear red-brown body with no head. Aroma is moderately sweet, alcohol, banana, caramel, clove, light acetone. Taste is sweet, banana, caramel, cotton candy, some alcohol. Sticky full body, no carbonation.
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, reddish color with a quickly falling medium head. Aroma like I jammed my head into a large bin of freshly ground coriander. Taste... like I opened my mouth in that bin. Oddly enough, it’s not as overpowering (at first) as many tripels that I declare to be "coriander smoothies". There is a lot of wheat, chocolate and caramel at work in this one and that seems to balance it much better than the lighter malt flavor and candi sugar of many tripels. Dry finish. Towards the bottom of the bottle, I start to OD on the coriander, but still, the best done coriander smoothie I’ve ever had.
thewolf (11235) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2010 Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, Cph.
Pours deep chestnut with a small, staying, creamy, off-white head. Aroma has light butter, vinious, nuts, caramel, coriander, figs, peach, overripe banana. Quite milky. Medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is kinda soapy, lots of dried fruits, coriander, nuts, figs, some fruity hops. Quite alcoholic and really very weird.
SSSteve (3824) - - MAR 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. clear rusty brown with almost no head. aroma is mix of a lot of different things...vanilla, licorice, coriander, grapes, chocolate, nuts, assorted red berries and floral hops. i’m enjoying this interesting aroma. flavors are chocolate, toffee, cola with tons of spices and hints of orange and flowers. a bit boozy. the body is fairly light. there are aspects of this beer that are really great(complex aroma, nice use of spices) and others that just need a little work(palate, alcohol flavor, astringent). i still like this a bit more than most.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. The pour yields an extremely dark crimson, virtually violet-black body. A moderate, smooth head of beige foam is well retained, and it leaves thick, rocky rings and broken, jagged flares of lacing on the glass. The nose is initially sweet with notes of stewed raisins, figs, plums, and red grapes. A strong overtone of dark spice and wafts of rich booze hint at dark rum, and notes of oily orange peel work quite worthy as a pair. Flavors are also nicely integrated, as sweet caramel, dark fruits, oily citrus rind, and peppery, zesty spices all pull together. There’s a distinct breadiness to the yeast profile, which brings a rum-raisin dessert bread type of feel to the package. The palate is substantial and sweet, with moderate to soft carbonation and a good amount of warming, but not overly hot booziness. Nice brew. I’m not sure it fits into any one particular category, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
ClubGonzo (4226) - 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 (9493) - 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 (4901) - 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 (8741) - 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 (9133) - 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.