joergen (25649) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle in a hotel room in Helsinki.
Dark brown coloured with a medium sized beige head.
Sweet and light roasted aroma of caramel and licorice.
Roasted flavour of caramel, licorice and bisquits.
Light roasted finish.
oh6gdx (24920) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled (from Alko Prisma, Vaasa). Deep amber colour, small brown head. Aroma is mild plum, raisins, toffee, slight roast, liquorice and ashes. Flavour is roast, ashes, ripe fruits, mild lactic notes. Quite dry palate.
TBone (15918) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark deep ruby color, tiny beige head. Aroma of bread and toasted, even burnt maltyness. Mediun-bodied. Caramel, licorice, light alcohol in the finish. Lowish bitterness. A bit like Baltian porters.
FatPhil (13312) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 6, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
500ml bottle (Alko Arkadia, Helsinki)
Sweet caramelly aroma, but of roast, some zestiness even. Black, brief tan head. Feels flat in the mouth. Rough nasty burnt malts. Rotten and stinky again. Later, the aroma picks up the stinky aspects, not so good at all. Later I even get alcohol from the taste. Nope, this is not good at all, apart from the early look, but the head did flatten too quickly, and later it was even looking dull and flat, not sure it was even worth 4.
Rune (10928) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Many thanks to Finn for a 500ml bottle of this one. Bubbly, beige head reduced to a low layer. Poor lacing. A rustic shade to a deep dark coloured body. Restrained aroma of roasted grainy malts. Flavours of grainy chocolate malts, ash and a little touch of vanilla. Malt bitter ending. Fine bodied, not overly sweet. Pleasing (Tromsø, 03.08.2013).
rosenbergh (9999) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. BB 06/12/14. (Alko) Tampere, Finland.
The beer in the glass is dark reddish brown almost black coloured with a small tan head. The aroma is rather mild with roasted malt, dark chocolate, some sweetness and grassy hoppy notes.
The flavour is very roasted malty with ashy and dark chocolate notes and some grassy hoppy bitterness. Balanced. Very drinkable for a 8% porter.
olio (9007) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50 cl bottle. BBE 25.01.2014.
Pours a pitch black color with a small, rapidly dissipating off-white head.
Aroma is quite unexpected, some very dry or even burnt corn, almost like a bit burned popcorn (without salt), furthermore, the aroma gave me a clear reminiscence of an aroma of cooled pancakes! So quite unique stuff even though I haven’t got to the tasting part yet. The roasted malts and mild dark chocolate notes are there too followed by some english hops.
Flavor is also very dry and dominated by oat, some toasty malts, wood, a bit of flour, hints of rye, cocoa powder and some hints of vanilla also.
Velvety smooth palate with a mouth-drying malty finish. A total kick in the head kind of surprise and definitely not in a bad way. Unique.
laiti (7981) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50 cl bottle @ home, BBE 14.01.2014
Aroma is stale and feels rather English. It has English hops, some hay and some licorice. Flavour has english hops, some hay, somewhat salty licorice, some herbs and distant coffee notes. Dry finish with lingering hoppiness. The licorice and herbal notes are nice, but this is just too English for me. Also, I expect a 8% ABV beer to be less thin.
lusikka (7680) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle. Rated on 5.12.2012.
Pours a black colour with a small foamy head. Aroma of roasted malts, tar and licorice. Flavour of roasted malts, grassy bitterness, milk chocolate, tar and some licorice. Medium bodied, oily mouthfeel and low carbonation. Surprisingly good for a Ridgeway beer.
tiong (6280) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from Alko
Pours pitch black with a small head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate and licorice. Taste is roasty and sweetish with hints of dark chocolate and licorice. Finish is smooth and slightly roasty. Quite balanced imperial porter.