tfredvik (1670) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
As my rating #300 I choose Nøgne Ø’s #500, I’ve never been that good with numbers. It pours a very opaque, cloudy, medium amber body, with a very light brown head that’s both long-lived and leaves a good deal of lacing on the glass. The aroma is moderate malty with sweet caramel notes, but the hoppy notes are of course dominating. I get mainly slightly overripe sweet fruits: peach, mango and melon. Strangely enough the usual grapefruit is not that present. In addition there are some faint resinous hints. It’s an inviting aroma, but I prefer my fruits a bit less overripe. Moderate sweet and moderate bitter initial taste, with a heavy bitter finish. The flavours are a bit less intense and less complex than expected. It doesn’t feel as amazingly super fruity as e.g. Dobbel Dose from Haandbryggeriet or as complex as the #100 from Nøgne Ø. But oh my, it’s still a lovely taste/flavour combo, this is serious good stuff! Sweet and bitter ripe peach and grapefruit, resin and some sweet flavours that I’m not able to pin point. Close to perfect mouthfeel: medium to full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. After the beer is swallowed and the lovely, lingering bitterness finally has faded away, there is still a massive sweet fruitiness that fills the palate. The relatively high ABV is masterly hidden. Another fabulous beer from Nøgne Ø!
[50 cl bottle, batch #682, enjoyed 6 month after bottling/2.5 years before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Storo, Oslo]
badgerben (4804) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky brown color with a small head. Very strong caramel and sugar aroma. Plenty of tropical fruit, finishing with light pine hops. Flavor of fruit and caramel. Light bitterness. Quite sweet. It strikes me as more of an underhopped American-style barley wine, but still delicious.
Bygers (1141) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby amber, lacing of head and a spicy seville marmalde nose. Very fruity up front with a lot of candied orange peel, fruity treacle and slight bitterness in finish.
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gnoff (9430) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2012 First rating
Draught at Haket, Göteborg, on February 16, 2012
Cloudy copper color, off-white to tan head. Very hoppy, citrus, sweet, bitter, mango, tropical fruit, intense taste. Mango, red berries and alcohol aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Full mouthfeel, high bitterness. Intense, fruity, hoppy, citrus scent.
Draught at Ölrepubliken, Göteborg, on April 18, 2012
Cloudy brown color, fluffy lasting off-white to yellow head. Sort of sweet, mainly hoppy to fruity and citrus scent. Sweet, malty, sirup, hoppy, citrus, bitter taste.Some warming alcohol. Moussy to smooth, ambivalent, oxymoron almost, mouthfeel. Bitter, citrus, hoppy, alcohol aftertaste. High bitterness, but not really disturbing since it has a lot of malt sweetness as well. Hops and bitterness a bit too dominating perhaps.
Splitenz (359) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is now my favorite norwegian beer. The colour is perfect, and the glow it gives off when held up against, lets say a candle, is impressive to say the least. I am still quite new to IPA, but this is it as far as I’m concerned. Smells of massive amounts of wonderful hops, there’s almost a hint of dust to it, which I surmise comes from the dryness of it all. It has a bit of a burn, or tinge to it, which I find exciting to say the least. I’ve tried it at various temperatures, and find it complex even when served quite cold. Bartender said I should taste it as well the first time, I got so captivated by the small I forgot to pour it. I can’t describe all the various flavours, I’m not that good at this rating and tasting game, yet, but for me, this is the ultimate IPA.
Beermack (725) - London, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2012 50cl bottle. Pours deep brown with fluffy off white head - last a good long while. Aroma: wow! Absolute hop attack with tropical fruit, orange, floral notes & spice all assaulting the senses alongside a huge dollop of sticky caramel malt. Taste is full of tropical notes, deep caramel flavours from the big malt background, harsh citrus zing comes in near the end adding a bit of sourness to the equation - long and full bitterness to finish. Full bodied, outrageously hoppy, absolutely delicious.
Jacob23_5 (128) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Keg at Brewdog Edinburgh. Pours an opaque ruby colour. Amazing, rich nose, orange, passionfruit, aromatic hoppiness and a touch of marzipan. Some treacle notes in the flavours, with banana, honey, and more marzipan, orange and passionfruit. Totally awesome.
Lonick (1143) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brewdog Edinburgh - Tap - Dark, if anyone has sailed on Loch Ness well then you would understand just how dark this beer is, its Dark. A little sweet-ish for my tastes but only just, nice fruit, balenced (almost). I’d happily drink it again, a great beer.
zvikar (4121) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JAN 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
At a tasting, thanks Dagan, pours a rusty orange with a decent head, aroma of lemon, pineapple, marmalade, peach, flavor is reach with, marmalade, nice sourness, cherries, tangerine, peach, nice carbonation, full bodied, nice one
nearbeer (4716) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml. Opaque dark brown, with a lasting creamy film and delicate lace all around. Aromas of raisin, toffee, light grapefruit, and earthy molasses. Flavor is the same, with a little more earthiness and wood on the finish. Medium-heavy body is smooth and well balanced. Really seems more of a Norwegian Barleywine, or Strong Ale, but very tasty nonetheless.