Cristobal37 (702) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 25, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet biscuit malts. Ruby brown minimal head. Hoppy almost rye malty. Long bitter finish. Heavy yet even strong hops, great beer.
Holmen2 (2705) - NORWAY - JUN 20, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shark attack at Mi2 at Cardinal 20.06.16. Dark orange. Persistent beige head and lacing. Aroma of dried fruits, ripe fruit, Sevilla marmalade, wood and redcurrants, Similar taste, with warming alcohol. Excellent!
tandembrauer (1035) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 20, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours hazy reddish copper with off-white head. Aroma of caramel, dark bread, some fruity notes. Tastes sweet and bitter. Highly carbonated, some alcoholic warmth. The beer was bottled 4 yrs, 3 months ago.
JFF (106) - - JUN 17, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mousse beige abondante. Robe cuivrée légèrement opaque. Amertume modérée, goût matlée et légèrement caramélisé. Superbement balancé, on ne se rend pas compte du taux d’alcool à la dégustation.
solidfunk (6999) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 2, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big malty taste here that goes underappreciated in modern hop worship world of beer. This is complex in raw barley. I get the sense of organic hipster heirloom barley strains at play. Or at least I sense good barley. Light citrus aroma and some booze. Caramelized malt. Tangy bitter finish. Tap at sovereign savor event.
kevinator (1845) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromas and flavors slightly sweet, caramel, grainy malt, wood, spicy bitterness. Burnt orange color with a reddish tint. Nice head and body.
Humlehode (550) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 28, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep hazy amber with off white head. Fruity, malty aroma. Peach, melon, rye, orange peel, pine, grass. Medium body. Fairly bitter
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borre_m (1203) - NORWAY - MAY 28, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy amber. Aroma is malty, hoppy, slight roasted. Taste is roasty, balanced with hop bitterness.
Alengrin (4212) - BELGIUM - MAY 28, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottled in February, so barely three months old; label says 9.0% ABV instead of the 9.5% given here. Thick, heavily cobweb-lacing, beaten egg-white, dense, frothy head, clear pure and warm copper red colour with amberish hue. Fragrant and dank IPA-like (but maltier) bouquet of marmelade and candied orange, pink grapefruit flesh, pine needles, hemp (as in: marihuana), pistachio nuts, chicken spices, caramel, toasted brown bread, cigarette tobacco, pink pepper, strawberry wine, artisanal honey, hazelnut, roast tomato peel, nutmeg, bacon, ginger. Low sweetness in the onset, some subdued dried fig and raisin, hints of umami and sourishness but all quite restrained and flavorful at the same time, as if they reinforce each other; carbonation is medium to sharpish but lightens the body, which, though certainly not thin, feels surprisingly light for a beer this strong. Some caramel malt sweetishness quickly makes room for a deep ’bittersweetness’, very toasted and pleasantly nutty, the bittering effect of which is completely in line with the finish, which is dominated by juicy American hoppiness: lovely retronasal aromas of grapefruit, orange peel freshness, some pine and exotic spice, while at the same time the back of the mouth is dried with a resinous, citrusy, peppery yet still fairly ’gentle’ bitterness, leaving a ’stream’ of juicy bittersweet (and ultimately, after swallowing, even somewhat caramelly sweet) malts to pass through down into the throat, accompanied by lovely hop spiciness. Needless to say, a warming, slightly bourbon-like alcohol effect is noticeable, but stays perfectly in place. Pleasant enough beer, feels a lot lighter than I expected based on its strength, the lightness of which is further enhanced with the both delicate and exuberant New World hop aromas, making it come very close to red IPA - which would have been a style designation as credible and true as ’American strong ale’, which actually does not say a lot. Whatever the beer style: enjoyed this a lot, not the most complex or demanding ale, but showing an incredible ’drinkability’ and simply being to the point in terms of flavor.
bastarda (382) - Freiburg, GERMANY - APR 9, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
kindly shared by impuritylaw@Roland’s brewday, thanks a lot! Lovely aromas of pine, a whole bunch of tropical fruits and hints of caramel, slight alcohol burn; on a fizzy up to sharp palate, the hops come out quite soapy, though. Soap translates back into tropical fruitiness as soon as the overly strong carbonation has ceded; nice, balanced bitter finish.