ekarmst (44) - Ames, Iowa, USA - JUN 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/2 liter brown glass purchased at Cyclone Liquor as a 1.99 closeout.
Pours a dark mahogany hue with a strong fine head that lasts. Abundant tight bubbles emerge from the beer. Aroma is definitely cardboard and malt with a whiff of melinoidens. No hop aroma. Rather simple really but inviting. Mouth feel is thin and crisp. Well attenuated. Smooth with no alcohol evident. Flavor is much more like a dunkel rather than a English strong ale. balanced up front with no hop flavor, sweet dark fruit flavored middle and finishing with a definite dark malt bitterness. Interesting and enjoyable. Overall this is a good beer that would warm you up on a cold winter’s night. The oxidation and attenuation detract a bit, but otherwise I would recommend this beer. I might classify this as an old or stock ale.
Joakgust (1361) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 50 cl - Hazy orange amber beer with a creamy white head. Aroma is sweet malty with evident hints of citrusy hops and caramel. Flavor is sweet malty with hints of caramel. Rather light bodied for being a winter beer but Oppigårds have done a really good job with this one.
mirjukka (752) - LOHJA, FINLAND - APR 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle 500ml from Systembolaget Stockholm shared with FatPhil &Anna copper creamy beige head. Kick of tangy hops at first and spicy lasting complex aftertaste. More please.
FatPhil (14002) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle (Systembolaget, Stockholm) - shared with Mirjukka - thanks!
Rich rusty colour, healthy beige head. Really piney aroma, hinted
towards floor cleaner. Crisp carbonation, but also immediately a
massive hoppy bite. Possibly a little unbalanced towards the hops,
they tingle the mouth and leave it dry and resiny. However, there’s
some reasonable roasted malts cowering in the background. Finish from
the hops is fruity and bitter, and very nice, but the acidity in the
mouth is too much of a price to pay for that, I think.
Enjoyit (3756) - Vadum, DENMARK - APR 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brown of color with a beige head. An aroma of sweet malt, caramel, dark fruits and no hops. A flavor of malt, metallic hints, weak dark fruits and bread notes.
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - FEB 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ahhhhh!!! I don’t know many things better than a good winter brew on a saturday night. Pours a nice, dark amber with a foamy tan head. Some lacing. Very aromatic with a nice sweet and spicy taste. Nice hops in this one. A very impressive, smooth, warming beer.
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Dark ruby red mahogany colour. Crystal
clear. Beautiful light beige fine-laced head that clings to the
glass. Rich complex floral hop aroma. Hints of fresh cut grass and
rose petals. Slightly nutty malt aroma. Crisp carbonation. Powdery
texture with dry grassy hops. Very dark chocolate. Dry sensation,
but with enough malt complexity. Finishes slightly sour after a
while. Overall a nice winter ale.
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It is beautiful, dark, red-brown with a creamy head. The aroma has notes of malt, fruit, caramel, citrus and peach. The flavour has a light sweetness and notes of roasted malt, licorice, fruit, spruce, citrus and caramel. The finish is very long. It is a complex and interesting beer.
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown with thick brownish/deep golden head.
Aroma reminded me a lot of aromatic herbal tea.
Taste yeasty with light roasted malts. Starts off as bitter hops but gains a roasted / chocolate aftertaste with light notes of coffee. Interesting.
Defreni (3004) - Husum, DENMARK - JAN 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaske. Kraftig humlet duft på en brun-rødlig øl med et fint skumhoved. Smagen er også kraftig humlet med en meget lækker mundfylde. Virkelig imponerende alkoholprocenten taget i betragtning. Dejlig afbalanceret let øl med en stor smag.