Grovlam (4136) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Ølbaren. Small fizzy white head that mostly diminished. Fair display of lacework. Clear and somewhat flat looking body with a brown color. Aroma of moderated malt and roasted malt, fruit and a hint of caramel or toffee like notes. Over the palate an again a mix of malty notes with a hint of hops. Toffee, floral, apricot, toasted malt. Medium bodied with an average carbonation and hint of dry texture. Moderated sweet malty assent with a hint of bitterness at the very end. Quit nice.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate: 50cl bottle at Pigs Ear.
Awesome rich mid-brown with a good white head. Fantastic aroma that is typical of Ølfabrikken. Chocolate brownies and wheat with that characteristic lick of Scandinavian hoppage. Flavour has all that the aroma has but it doesn’t work quite so well. That said this is still one of the best Brown Ales I have had to date.
KnutAlbert (5186) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very aromatic beer, way beyond the standard brown ale. Aromatic, sweet, but there are hops, too. Another fine beer from Ølfabrikken.
maeib (7542) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled - Pigs Ear BF. A murky brown coloured beer with an off-white pool for a head. The aroma is nicely hoppy with bready caramel malts. There are more hops in the flavour, together with chocolate and wood. Smooth and tasty and a nice to see beers like this at London beer festivals.
harrisoni (10909) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Pig’s Ear BF 08. Like the porter, this is excellent. Really good ingredients. Good intensity, good malts. Tasty. Just a lovely beer. Good sting on end. Sweetish brown malt is balanced by finishing zing.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Pig’s Ear Festival, London: Hazy brown beneath a thin head. Nice toasty makt aroma with some faint citrussy hops. In the mouth it’s toasty again but much more intense with some cocoa powder notes holding it together, and finishing with a quick hoppy bite. Lovely.
Rastacouere (6041) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 3     Pale Yellow(1)->Dark brown(5) : 5     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 2   White(1)->Tan(5) : 2   Lasting: 3   Lacing : 2
Intensity : 3
Yeast : XX   Bread : XX   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Soap : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX
Malt : 4   Biscuity : 2   Hay : XX   Toasty : 2   Caramel : 1   Nuts : XX   Honey : XX   Cereals : XX   Grainy : XX
Hops : 4   Noble(1)->American(5) : 4   Leafy : XX   Spicy : XX   Floral : XX   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : 4   Orange : XX   Herbal : XX   Grassy : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : 3
Notes :   Peach/Apricot : XX   Earth : 2   Mint : XX   Butterscotch : XX   Smoke : 1
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 2   Sourness : 2   Bitterness : 3   Complex : XX   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 3   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 3   Clean : XX   Sharp : 3   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : 2   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX
Comments: A chocolatey brown ale in the hoppy, citrusy American mold. Roastiness ultimately clashes a bit with the acidity inherent to the hops. Less natural than most offering from this brewery.
bierkoning (8941) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Swing top bottle. Malt, licorice and pepper in the aroma. Malty, yet dry flavor with earthy hops and licorice. laurel in teh aftertaste. Tasty brew.
anders37 (12664) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark brown color with a longlasting off-white head. Roasted malty hoppy aroma with some caramel hints. Dry roasted malty caramel flavor with hoppy hints. Long hoppy finish.
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky brown body, with a large fluffy head and ample lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, some dark fruit, grapefruit, some chocolate, not unlike some of those hoppy USA porters. Bittersweet and roasty taste - a large malt profile, with chocolate, cherry, caramel, espresso, plus well-integrated grapefruity hops. Dries out dramatically in the finish. Excellent balance. Low on CO2.