berlinoise2go (608) - NORWAY - MAY 27, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (50cl) from Vinmonopolet (Storo), Oslo. Dark reddish amber colour, slightly hazy. Inch-thick offwhite head, reducing quickly, but settles as a thick film and some solid lacing. Rich, fat, hop aroma with caramel, resin, melted sugar, grapefruit, licorice. Full bodied, soft carbonation, very smooth mouthfeel - both oily and velvety. Taste is sweet and bitter, and a bit salty - very harmonious. Long bittersweet aftertaste.
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1122) - FINLAND - MAY 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle. Deep amber colour with a medium-sized tan head. Orange, grapefruit and toffee in the aroma. Flavour is toffeish malt, grapefruit, orange, pine and good amount of bitterness. Medium to full body, bitter aftertaste.
Kavu (2192) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours slightly hazy brown with a low head. Strong aroma is malts, yeast, citrus fruits and hops. Flavor is equally strong, dominated by sweetish malts and yeast with a very strong hoppy finish. Very nice.
maneliquor (3065) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2012 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours a very murky, dark copper with a thin beige head. Aroma is fairly sweet and alcoholic. Candy sugar, caramel and alcohol on the nose. Additions of quite zesty citrus and pine as well. Very resinous aroma as well as a sticky, resinous mouth feel. Loads of toffee in the taste with a big dose of piney and citric hops. Slight alcohol warmth on the finish. Fantastically well crafted beer. Very big but still has amazing balance
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from IPB. Bottled 280410.
Appearance : Hazy deep amber with medium foamy head. Extensive messy lacing.
Aroma : Lots of pine with light citrusy. Great caramel malt. Resinous. Fruity peaches and apricots.
Taste : Caramel malt with piny and citrusy hops. Finish light alcohol with bitter resinous hops and caramel.
Overall : Very nice sweetness with nice piny hops. Not a hop bomb on the nose but with a very enjoyable caramel sweetness. Very sweet. Not much alcohol considering the abv. Nothing outstanding but quite enjoyable and rather well balanced.
kalervo (684) - FINLAND - MAY 5, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Totally incredible beer! Rich and strong in taste, still smooth and complex.
probstblueribbon (2892) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.5L bottle from Bieropholie, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. BB 280413.
App.: Clear mahogany with a so-so tan head.
Aroma: Big. Strong pine/resin/woodsy hops, earthy, peppery/spicy, loads of rich caramel and dark dried fruits, stern herbal notes, a bit of alcohol, burnt sugar and brown sugar, almost some minty black licorice, really big and thick.
Palate: Medium+ body, restrained effervescence.
Flav.: Big and severe with huge pine/peppery/grassy/spicy/woodsy hops, earthy notes, plenty of brown sugar, caramel and burnt sugar, that black licorice note, a good hit of alcohol, somewhat fruity; sticky sweet with lots of bitterness and a lingering inky finish.
Huge. A little too huge for me, maybe.
jtpaajan (6) - FINLAND - APR 30, 2011 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Strong bitterness, some sweetness, full body with lots of fruity undertones. This beer is really strong but still tastes incredibly balanced.
The Imperial IPA #500 should remind any beer geek why the Nøgne brewery is such a legend!
Boutip (4688) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark brown color ale with a average size light brown head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of earthy hops with solid caramelized malt. Taste is also a solid mix between some caramelized malt with notes of earthy hops with a medium bitter finish. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Well brewed though more floral hosp presence would have provided increase enjoyment of this beer.
Erasmus_ro (1309) - Alabama, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish copper with a small, off-white head. Aroma is piney, sweet caramel malts, little alcohol. After sitting for a while you can sense a lot of exotic fruits, especially pineapple. In the taste, the piney hops and the caramel malts combine with the fruitiness to dried, exotic fruits. Dried apricots and peaches as well as raisins. Pine in the aftertaste. The bitterness with the sweetness create an unpleasant stingy and pungent feel in the mouth. After sitting for a while and warming up, the fruitiness comes to bear in heaps. Pineapple, peach. Palate is full, hoppily sting with almost no carbonation. Better let the beer sit for a while before consuming.