abstractbeer (239) - NORWAY - FEB 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well, today seems like as good a time as any to taste this beer, which has been in my fridge for years. The best-before-date is 2014-06-08, batch nr is #430 and brewed-on-date is 2009-06-08. It pours an amber liquid, with a small head which after a minute or so retracts to a bubbly halo around the edge, and the bubbles just keep getting smaller. The aroma is complex, somewhat sweet, notes of berries and fruits, with a kind of artificial strawberry thing dominating; also some pear and a bit of caramel? A note of alcohol as well. Flavorwise it follows the aroma, with some malty flavors and some nutty flavors. There’s not much more I can say. The 17% abv is very noticable. The mouthfeel is full and almost oily. Lingering flavors of burnt sugar and fruits - (artificial) pear-ish notes, nutty notes and something else. Quite on the sweet side. Not as special (flavorwise) as I thought a beer made with sake yeast would be - but maybe my expectations were unrealistic. Very much a beer I’ll be slowly sipping for the rest of the evening. I’ll update the rating if I discover anything worth adding.
Maria (10187) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014, January. The color is slightly hazy orange amber with a small head. The aroma has notes of ripe fruits, raisins, burnt sugar, caramel, light yeast and malt. The mouth feel is oily. The flavor is sweet with notes of yeast, loads of ripe fruit, light alcohol, burnt sugar, caramel and there is even more alcohol in the finish.
llkc (600) - århus, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nøgne Ø. red Horizon. 17%. 75 IBU. brygget den 08-06-2009.gæret med en japansk sake gær. ingen skum men hade jeg heller ikke regne med af en øl på 17 %. dufter kraftigt af sød stær alkohol med et twist af frugt. lidt rosin duft .smagen er stærk sød med en et twist af ristet brød. en smule rødvin noter. en mellem mundfulde. tror den skulle ha være drukket frisk for den smager lidt af øl som har stået og lageret længe. sidste salgsdato 8-6-2014
brokensail (12359) - 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 (819) - 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 (359) - 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 (3331) - 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 (29) - 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 (3872) - 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!