tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - MAR 23, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2011 50 cl bottle at the brewery. Thanks to Kjetil and the rest of the guys at Norways best brewery! The color is dark brown, moderate tan head. Aroma is dark dried fruit, hints of smoke, hops, malt, wood, coffee - it´s so complex! The flavor is just fantastic. Lots of tastes in perfect harmony. Malty and fruity sweetness, roasted malt, coffee, liqorice, hoppy bitterness, wood. The smoke is there, but in the bacground. Alcohol, off course, but not too much. Beer of the year in Norway, absolutely world class. Wow!
Rune (7775) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 21, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a stunning drink mostly because all the exciting ingredients work so well together. Has got a distinctive, but not exaggerated, smoked backbone in aroma and flavour profile. Deep russet in body colour with a slight haze. Medium sized tan head with good retention, leaving spotty lacings on the glass. Apart from the smooth smoked character there is a nice creamy malt touch to the aroma. Taste of deep, dark chocolate supported by piny hops and peat-like spices. The aftertaste starts with bitter liquorice, ending up in a long lasting bite of dry hop bitterness. Smooth warming alcohol beneath it all. Terrific ale that really delivers in aroma, flavour and body. 500ml bottle, batch 400, bb.21.12.2010, served at ambient drinking temperature, Den Gode Nabo in Trondheim (12.03.2009).
larsga (6140) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Small light offwhite head. Hazy reddish brown body. Fruity wooden alcohol aroma with rye and wild berry notes, as well as sugary raisins. Sweet intense alcohol taste of smoky salt licorice, tar, and tobacco with roasty fruity notes. Full-bodied. Quite a bit of alcohol heat. Sticky, sugary mouthfeel. Bitter roasty licorice and tobacco aftertaste with carraway notes and some bubblegum. Smoky salty juniper taste lingers for a long time. Excellent! Really something new and out of the ordinary. (0.5l bottle at Olympen.)
Sigmund (4950) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2009 500 ml bottle, batch #400, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 11%, 26 P, 50 IBU. Very dark brown colour, nearly black, with a moderate but lasting tan head. Aroma of salt water, tar, smoke and some coffee. Full and rich mouthfeel. Excellent flavour, lots of chewy malty sweetness, roasted notes, coffee, tar, some liquorice, pine needles, salty finish, noticeable hops with just the right bitterness. Very well balanced. Another great achievement from Nøgne Ø.
espenra (861) - Kurland, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
50cl bottle at Olympen. Batch 400. Brewed 2008-12-21. Best before 2010-12-21. It poured a dark brown, almost black colour with a very small off-white head that settled down very fast in the glass leaving a thin veil at the top. The aroma is a bit smokey and complex with notes of roasted malts, barley and coffee, pine, licorice and dark plums. Some hops and yeast is also noticable. The flavour is bitter and dominated by malted barley and rye, dark roasted coffee, licorice and alcohol, but there’s also some pine and dark salty caramel. It feels smooth in the mouth and has a long and lingering aftertaste. The alcohol is noticable, but gives you a warm and pleasant feeling. A very nice beer indeed.
OleR (4786) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 4, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 ml bottle, batch #400 @ Olympen, Oslo. A dense yellowish one-finger lasting head upon a dark reddish-brown, almost translucent body. Delicate sweet and ashy malt aroma. Loads of inviting fruit scents (plums, raisins, ripe berries and tropical), before a fresh, piny hoppiness take the lead. Also some nice whiffs of marzipan, wood and peat. Taste is both powerful and rounded, and perfectly balanced. Deliciously sweet, roasted dark malts with a subdued smoky accent. A bold piny and fruity bitterness together with notes of wild berries, ash, wet wood and tar. Big body. Feels smooth as silk in the mouth. Everlasting warm, bittersweet finish. A unique, and extremely well-crafted beer from Norway’s finest.
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - MAR 4, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Olympen, Oslo. Poured dark, almost black with a small ring of offwhite head, near black, red where the light shone through. Aroma was loads of hops, pinetree or unripe mango, some alcohol and dark berries. Flavour was pretty much the same, but with quite a lot of sweetness to it, a good warming alcohol sting, roasted malts, liquourice, tar and smoke. Fairly thick body, low carb, and quite dry. Maybe a bit too hot, could have toned the alcohol down a tad. Still, this is a very nice brew, complex and interesting.
KnutAlbert (6012) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 3, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at Olympen, Oslo (while stocks last!)
Coca cola color, fine lacing.
Strong hoppy aromas, like the middle of a pine forest. Low carbonation.
Tar, old ropes, salt liquorice, tobacco. Lots of sweetness, but perfectly balanced. Alcohol warming, bitter finish. The beer of the year can be declared already!