sir__v (464) - Lille, FRANCE - MAR 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color : dark clear amber beer with small persistent ivory brown foam, small carbonization and very mellow. Smell: peat, malt, amazing complexity and some alcohol flavor. Taste: sweet, peat, smoked, malt, and some acid touch. Really strange taste and amazing ! Aftertaste : peat, and some soils with an amazing complexity of sweet and dry sensation.
Bygers (556) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 0,25l. It poures a dark brown color with a small head that diminish quickly. Aroma of leather, alcohol, smoke, sweet caramell malts, wood and other herbs. Similar taste with the additional dark fruits. Long aftertaste.
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Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Intense beer from the get-go. Indeed, strongly smokey, peaty, iodine- and char laden malts come across as rough initially, while the bourbon is obviously complementaly, adding just more alcohol and a gently vegetal, woodsy tone to an already heady brew. A lot of roast, anise, malt vinegar, worcestershire sauce from the malt’s sheer density peek up, making for a dense, palateable, but not quite balanced enough, the smoke not being enough of a balance point for the sweetness and roast intensity. Acidity remains remote in comparison and so does bitterness, most of it seemingly stemming from the roast. Earthy, heavy brew that does not carry its richness in a body bearing the same royal finesse as mellower Nogne beers do.
Arve_Christian (2672) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Storo.
Black color, ok foam.
Intense peaty aromas, malt, dried, light licorice aromas
Medium body & high complexity.
Good sourness, some bitterness- good balance
neuromatt (999) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
250 mL bottle from Les Fleurs du Malt in Lyon, France, served in a stem glass side-by-side with the original version at a tasting at Chris’ place. Pours hazy deep caramel with a small tan head that fades to a thin remnant. The nose is mellower than the original, with smoke notes replaced largely with a big boozy bourbon and caramel toasty malts. The flavour is moderately sweet with alcoholic notes and a touch of sourness. On the palate, it is medium-full in body with a syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this was a bit of a disappointment. While the smoke is gone, the barrel actually takes away from the overall package; the nose is nice, but it becomes too boozy and slightly sour. 2012-12-01
berlinoise2go (576) - NORWAY - FEB 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (25cl) from Vinmonopolet (Vika), Oslo. Very dark reddish brow colour. Half-inch light beige head, good retention, some lacing. Aroma of malt, smoked meat, bourbon, chocolate, coffee, dark/dried fruit, red wine vinegar. Medium body (deceptively light considering the ABV), soft carbonation, smooth mouthfeel. Taste hits off semi-sweet, malty and fruity, but takes a surprisingly acidic/vinegary turn, leaving a sub-optimally balanced impression.
BarryKonrad (94) - NORWAY - FEB 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark ruby with a negligible head. Aroma is bourbon, smoke and lots of oak.Mouthfeel is nice and slightly oily. Taste is quite sweet, with some caramel. The smoke isn’t as dominating as with the regular edition. Alcohol present but not prevalent, a bit vinous but not in a bad way. A pleasant beer to sip down on a cold night.
Beersiveknown (2395) - NORTHERN IRELAND - FEB 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @home from Stirchley Wines, Birmingham
Rich butterscotch and vanilla on the nose of this hazy dark brown beer, the peat is completely obscured. Slightly sour, very boozy and creme caramel with the richer dried fruit malt flavours coming in behind. I think it spent too long in the barel TBH, very alcoholic in finish.
thebeertourist (4620) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown, small head. Smoked malts, sweet marcipane, chocolate aroma. Oaky vanilla flavours very dominant, sweet caramel. On the sweet side, quite complex.
Cunningham (3912) - Halden, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Cloudy deep brown color with a nice big bubbly tan head. The head did not last as long as I hoped, but it had a fine lacing.
Aroma: Slightly sweet, peat, bacon and oak.
Palate: Medium body. Slightly sweet, a bit sour and a light bitterness. Dry texture. Moderate carbonation.
Taste: Earth, wind and fire. Wood, smoke and vinegar. Sweet and sour. A bit vinous. Some fruity notes. It changes with the temperature. Well hidden alcohol.
Overall impression: A beer for a quiet late evening. Complex and strange. At 11% you usually notice the alcohol, but here it was hard to notice. Smoked is usually not my cup of the, but this was a nice sipper. Especially when the light sour and fruity notes woke up.
Personal stats: Bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika in Oslo, Norway