BeerBaboon (1564) - FINLAND - AUG 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours somewhat cloudy, red brown with very little head. Aroma is sweet malt, toast, toffee, perfume, caramel, fruits, a bit of alcohol and raisins. Flavour is sweet, toffee, caramel, alcohol, toast, fruity cake, floral and berries. Wow, this is one complex beer.
Ibrew2or3 (6903) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
25cl bottle generously offered up at the 4de Gents Bierfestival, 2013, thanks Tim and team for gathering up some bottle of this. It pours with a slightly cloudy copper body that really has no head to speak of, so I won’t. The aroma offers up roasted malts, muted brown sugar coated pine hops and a sliver of resiny grassiness. The taste is smooth with a bit of smoke added to the experience. I also get cherries, thick sludgy malts, some sticky pine hops and then nectar sweet rich malt enhanced booziness. This is smooth and slick and a great sipper where the ABV is actually pretty well hidden.
bergstaden (1255) - Røros, NORWAY - AUG 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy amber in color with olmost no head - Fruity and yeasty aroma - good sweetness With fuits and a Nice alcohol heat in the back - Lingering sweetness, a little bit sticky - htis was good and nice
KnutAlbert (6100) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet. Red, no carbonation or head.
Sweet, but not sticky. Very complex. Caramel, fruit, sweet plums, warming alcohol. More interesting and successful than the first edition.
77ships (3799) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
25 cl. bottle sampled @ GBF 2013. Similar to the 3rd edition but comes together much better & way better in my opinion. Dark fox amber, touch murky brown, nothing in the way of a head save for some bubbles. Nose is thick sweet toffee, pudding, pleasing light alcohol, caramel good, floral sake flourishes, flowery in a sake way. Taste is cake, sweet toffee, very tick brown sugar, quite sweet, caramel candy, mixed with some bitter floral sake, touches, light booze coming through in a nice way, concentrated sugar. Little carb. Really good stuff. Thx! to the RB Crew for sharing.
kraddel (3132) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours amber, no real foam .
smell is buttery, sweet. very thick . buttery , sweet. very nice. alcoholic, but no overkill .
JorisPPattyn (7928) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
No head, flat as a pancake, dark red beer. Syrupy, nuts, X-mas puddung, even some brandy. Sweet, Syrupy, Yet not cloying. I get indeed a bit of the benzene-like sweetness from a Japanese sake. Alcoholsweetness as well. Very slick, alcoholheat, slight spicy-peppery in the aftertaste. Ultra-sweet, but in a good way.
tfredvik (1126) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, this is one special aroma! It’s strong, complex, sweet and has some interesting vinous notes: I want to say it’s the same fruity notes as in sake, but that’s probably because we all know it’s fermented with a sake yeast. There is also a great deal of sweet caramel, and in the back I get some crisp hints of citrus. The taste is really sweet, but the heavy bitterness takes good care of that. Still, this is bordering on being too sweet. The finish is very long-lasting and has a pleasant warming alcohol feel. Both the complex sake-ish fruity notes and the caramel are very present in the succulent flavour profile. There are also hints of some liquorice-like herbal notes in the back (I guess I’m trying to say anise, but it’s far from being as sharp and pronounced). In the glass it looks cloudy, and has a dark brown/copper body with a small head consisting of big bubbles. The head soon reduces to a ring of bubbles that is fully lasting. It doesn’t actually leave much lacing, but it’s quite entertaining to watch this ring bounce up and down as I drink. This RH2 is of course full bodied, the texture is thick and oily, almost syrupy, but the carbonation is a tad too soft for my liking. A very interesting beer, that also is very good!
[25 cl bottle, batch 741, enjoyed 19 months after bottling, from Vinmonopolet Online]
BelgBeerGeek (1298) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thx Kai !
Head: Small, creamy/dense, off white/cream coloured
Colour: dark ’redish’ amber
Smell: is amazing ! way better than the 1st edition i had, alcohol is still prominent but isn’t overwhelming and lets through those wonderfull aromas of malt, barley, a slight sourness and somewhat salty ( not like the flavour but more like the smell of the sea or how oysters smell ), slight alcoholic sweetness and also slight touch of fennel
Taste: start is some alcohol with slight notes of peaches and barley, a touch of herbal honey as well, then comes in some medium bitterness, with a nice sweetbitter yeasty flavour, also get hints of caramelised/grilled pineapple and a slight cabbage like earthyness, the end is mainly malt and bitter, bit mouthdrying, aftertaste is dry hay and a couple minutes after comes some rose water.
This one is really good ! way better than 1st ed. now i’m curious about the 3rd edition !
BRW (1009) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Copper colour with white lace. Malt and caramel aroma. Malt and caramel taste, sweet, dark fruits. medium to full body.