mjs (3665) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught at Pikkulintu, 20130208) The beer poured black. Its head was medium sized and lightly brown. Aroma had pine, sweetness, chocolate and roasted malts. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were fruitiness, pine, Belgian style yeast, roaste malts, liquorice and bitterness. Aftertaste was roasty, hoppy and bitter and also there was grilled sausage. A confusing Black IPA. It had the typical characters of a Bamberg smoked beer and an Imperial Stout.
VastActiv (926) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Appearance: Reddish black with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Chocolate, hops and roasted malts. Overall: Hoppiness is nice but otherwise quite boring.
LoFi (1345) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost black with a beige head.
Nicely balanced, hoppy with citrus and pine, roasted, cocoa powder, light licorice.
joergen (17722) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Bishop Arms Gustav.
Clear dark brown coloured with a small off-white head.
Sweet and roasted aroma of hops, licorice, vanilla and grass.
Sweet and roasted flavour of hops and grass with notes of licorice and chocolate.
Roasted and hoppy finish.
gyllenbock (3022) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bishops Arms, Vasagatan, February 2013. (labeled as Stegholmen Svart IPA)
Dark brownish/red with a small tan head. This was a soft Black IPA with notes of roasted malt, malt, caramel and some light notes of "rubber". Also some hops. Easy to drink and not that bitter. Descent with licorice in the aftertaste.
Earlier Rating: 6/30/2012 Total Score: 3.5
On tap at the brewery´s 15th anniversary, June 30, 2012.
Black with a small, firm tan head. Aroma and taste of grape, some licorice, citrus and some roasted malt. Medium bitter. The mouth feel was rather soft. Descent.
KnutAlbert (5206) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bishop’s Arms Vasagatan. Sweet, malty, lots of caramel. Fine bitterness, too, but it ends up on the sweet side.
Earlier Rating: 5/8/2012 Total Score: 3.8
Bottle at HaandFestival 2012.
Liquorice, coffee. Soft and rounded, herbal tail.
Frovigalning (2041) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at ÖÖWF 2012. Mostly hops on the nose but also a light roasted note. Nice balance between hops and dark malts. It also wasn’t to bitter which could be a problem when you had the roasted bitterness with the hop bitterness. Easy to drink despite allot of flavour, I wanted more after my sample which is an indication of a good beer.
Pyrmir (1453) - Westra Aros, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at ÖÖWF 2012. Nose flowery hops, grassy notes. Tastes sweet, burnt sugar and green tea (!).
oh6gdx (18799) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught@SBWF2011. More or less black colour with a mediumsized beigeish brown foamy head that leaves good lace. Aroma is citrus, grass, some mild herbs, liquorice, gingerbread and mild ashy and roasted notes as well. Flavour is more or less the same in a rather nice balance. Rather bittery ashy finish.
peral2 (448) - SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2012 On tap at Ölkompaniet GBG.
Pours a very dark brown with a nice beige head. Expect more Hops for this kind of beer but allaround a nice beer.