chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I cant believe ive never seen this brew in norway, but here in new jersey i find myself drinking this brew. it is a darkbrown pour with little head. nose is maple syrup, some smokiness is evident, buttery, smoke is like an islay whisky i think. delicate smoke taste throughout. quite sweet, with a dry hop finish. i think it might be a little too sweet for me,. it is quite an intense beer. ive been sipping it for a halfhour. really well done though.
nickd717 (3587) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from K&L Redwood City, shared by mfielden - thanks, Mark! Pours deep dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is caramel, smoke, dark fruits, and alcohol. Flavor is rauchbier-like smoke as well as lots of caramel and toffee. Some phenolic fruit notes, red wine, rye, and some earth. Just a tiny bit boozy. Medium body with a fairly smooth mouthfeel. Overall pretty solid stuff.
anders37 (17904) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark chestnut color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty caramel aroma with smoky hints and some hints of hops. Sweetish malty caramel and toffee flavor with hints of dark fruit and hints of smoke. Has a sweetish malty caramel finish with some smoky hints and some spicy hints in the aftertaste.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - OCT 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark caramel brown pour with zero head. Aroma is burnt oats, spicy rye bread, and some sweet alcohol. Flavor is the same, sweetness of the malt and alcohol nicely offsets the rich salty smoked flavors. Pretty good beer.
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
DØE Valby 09. Pours dark copper with no head. Aroma is roasted caramel, sour, no hop. Flavour is roasted caramel, alcohol, vineous and dried fruit.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with rusty-orange highlights and a very small beige head that fades to a ring pretty shortly. Aroma is distinctly "Nogne-ey" with notes of wood, earth, dirt, grapefruit, dark fruit, Christmas trees, caramel, meaty smoke, sweet toffee. Lots going on, but it’s all well buried. Tastes similar with a bittersweet maltiness, caramel, raisins, dried fruit, wood, dirt, char, caramel, mellow smoke; it’s quite bourbon-like. Lots of alcohol. Finishes with a mellow smokiness, dried fruit, bitter wood, old grapefruit, and a big alcohol kick. The rounded flavors don’t seem to match with alcohol bite. Soft carbonation, rounded oily body is fairly heavy, but not very creamy. Sweetness is kept in check here despite the strong malt presence. I really like this but the texture could use a little work and the heat feels too strong. Don’t know if age will solve this, but we’ll see!
blutt59 (6050) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, dirty brown wtih no foam, lots of caramel and smoke aroma, flavors of smoke,brown sugar, light whiskey, lasting finish
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a thick dark amber color with a short-lived tan head. Aroma of thick malts, turned earth, light smoke and sweetness. Nice robust malty backbone with more smoke coming out in the taste, spicy with a moderate alcohol kick on the finish.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
50 cl bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a deep brown color with a fairly small 1/2 finger thick light tan head. Light carbonation with faint spotty lacing. Aroma is esters, toasted malt, and faint smoke. Flavor is dark esters, roasted malt, and light smoke. Finish is somewhat bitter and vinous. Full body. A nice beer.
JohnnyJ (4625) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep chestnut brown, with medium/small tan head. Dark sweet malt, caramel, peet moss, plum, roastiness, and a bit of smoke. Really dark and malty, sweet, and big. Tasty beer. Don’t know if I would call it a smoked.