brokensail (10596) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Norwegian contingent. Amber pour with a thin ring of off-white foam. Sweet sugary aroma. Vanilla, citrus, sweet red beans, brown sugar, and yeast. Flavor is really sweet and sugary. Brown sugar, citrus, vanilla, and caramel. Yeast, booze, and some vinous character.
bp (784) - Queens, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: I have been holding on to this one for a while, pours cloudy orange with no head and some yeasty chunks, aroma is slightly sweet, taste is sweet at first then the sake flavors take over, warming finish from the alcohol. Interesting.
bob_w (292) - new york, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
super rich malt nose, with some elegant oxidation/sherry notes. some alcohol as it warms. a bit estery/fruity. slightly hazy medium amber/gold with a hint of a red highlight. the head quickly falls to large bubbled lacing. smooth, smokey, viscous. the alcohol is well masked by the rich body, malt flavors. almost a saltiness to it towards the finish, before some bitterness pokes in. very warming. after two sips, the alcohol is very easy to notice -- but it still doesn’t taste like a 17% beer.
AdamJackson (2344) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 23, 2013
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Honey and syrup thickness. Golden orange. Burnt red. No head. Nose is nose is like and English barkeywine. Toffee and figs. Hop bitterness and caramel. Ugh. Tastes terrible. Major boozy and chemical taste. Sweet medicinal finish. Do not buy. Whoa.
pieeetr (26) - Hägersten, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours clear, golden brown in color. Nutty, sweet and complex, one of the most enjoyable beers I've tasted.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
stouby (3686) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, Masumi Plus. Light hazy orange, no head. Aroma heavy of alcohol and malt (caramel, fruits). Flavor medium to heavy sweet, complex (vinous, fruity) etc. Full body, flat.
tourtrappist (35) - SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The honeysweetness from the Sake yeast makes this strong ale an explosive Barley Wine taste bomb. Brewing creativity at its best!
Aniela (2305) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Golden clear beer with almost no head. Malty, berry, rubber and floral aroma. Rubber, alcohol, caramell and hay flavour.
queenholly (2827) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at Beoir Go Leoir. Sweet butterscotch, dried fruits, and spiced orange, and boozy aroma. Cloudy orange with no head. Sweet caramel, honey, spice orange, strong clove, and hot boozy flavor. Full sticky body, flat carbonation.
Tranquillity (1405) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Almost looks like dark honey, no head. The aroma is very much honey-like, quite identical to some better miod pitny (honey mead) found in Poland. The taste is more like a nordic mead, with freshness of lemons and other citrus. It’s surprisingly sparkly considering the lack of head. The finish could be a bit more exciting, currently it’s more alcohol than fruits.