ClubGonzo (5468) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, shared with and courtesy of Foffern - thanks bro! :-) I’m very excited to taste the most unlikely collaboration in a while: macro lager giant Ringnes of Norway joining forces with Brooklyn Brewery’s brewmaster Garrett Oliver to produce a spiced-out doppelbock - what are the odds! :-D Pours a dark nut brown clear body with a small off-white head. Nose is oranges, caramel, honey, malty syrupy tones, hints of bubble gum and fusel alcohols. Taste is overripe plums, alcohol, prunes, caramel, herbs, oranges, hints of pepper and citric peel. Dry, woody mouthfeel. Interesting, and a real surprise. Too young though, I suspect this will be much better closer to next Christmas, and as such I’m keeping a bottle in my cellar for a re-visit a a later point.
abemorsten (3565) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Shared bottle at Cardinal. Clear rusty orange body with a white film. Fruity caramel and toasted malts on the nose. Alcoholic, full bodied and syrupy. Caramel and toasted notes and a bitterness that leaves the tongue dry
gunnar (7980) - Sandnes, NORWAY - NOV 17, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet. Pours clear dark amber with a big creamy white head. Aroma of sweet malts, mashout. Taste is moderate sweet, well balanced with hops,herbal and spicy, Ringnes is as close as i get to the devil, so this one is a hell of a drink. No pun intended.
Holmen1 (4891) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fra flaske på Cardinals juleøltreff nov-12: brygget med simcoe, tørkede appelsinskall, colombiansk kaffe og norsk lynghonning. Så bra at Ringnes lar sine bryggere lage noe mer enn bare industripils til massekonsum. Balansert og interessant smak i bokkølstil, hvor de 10% er godt skjult. Denne prøver jeg gjerne igjen.
tmrmwel (1790) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber, with a small creamy head. Aroma is roasted malts, molasses and honey. Body is full, with soft carbonation. flavour is sweet with caramel malts and molasses, with notes of heather and herbs as well as burned sugar, coffee and a touch of alcohol. Finishes of with notes of burned malts and coffee.
abstractbeer (241) - NORWAY - NOV 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet. Nice label. Wow! Innovation from Ringnes? It’s cool to see that they finally seem to realize that it’s worthwhile to do something other than boring lagers! Poured into a tulip glass from Brooklyn Brewery, it reveals itself as a clear, red-brown beer, with a pretty off-white head. The aroma is fruity, malty, with strong notes of strawberry jam. Rather full body with soft carbonation. The flavor is very malty, with notes of honey up front, then some citrus/orange peel/zest, and notes of coffee dominate the finish. There is also a nice (but not very strong) hop aroma lingering around, and it seems to play nicely along with the coffee flavors. Also some slightly off-putting metallic notes in the aftertaste. Also, an interesting hint/note of something almost like mint in the aftertaste. Tastewise I find it to be on the bitter side, almost too much so (at least for me - not big on bitterness), but the label says 45 IBUs, so I’m not surprised. But it’s also quite sweet, so that amount of bitterness is probably needed to balance it all out. Overall, pretty good! Really easy to drink despite the 10% abv.
Let’s hope Ringnes continues their newfound interest in innovation and collaboration! I’ll probably age a bottle or two for a while, to see what happens. 2012-11-13 7/4/5/4/12
visionthing (4831) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle from Vinmonopolet, Sandaker. Pours clear copper/amber with an off-white head. Smells hoppier than expeced. Aroma of honey, hops, spices and malt. Quite sweet with a notable honey flavour and hints of alcohol. Gives me some associations to Polish strong beer (mocne), but more complex. Caramel, some spices and honey sweetness with a pleasant bitterness in the finish. Decent brew, but I’m still a bit disappointed. (2012-11-09)
Arve_Christian (4840) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
On bottle thanks Visionthing.
Dark golden, good foam.
Aromas of malt, dried fruits
Medium body & medium/ high complexity.
Quite sweet- too sweet for me
Ok beer, but not impressive
esp0r (2756) - NORWAY - NOV 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet Manglerud enjoyed at home
Pours deep amber red with a big frothy beige head; an impressive big head for a high abv beer. Smells of honey, malts, hints of orange peel and some hops. Taste is heavy sweet, alot of coffee and honey, also some dark and dried fruits in the back with a hint of butterscotch. Medium bitter, resins and some citrus zests. A quite interesting beer from Ringnes; raw flavors and aromas of malts, american hops, coffee and honey. A quite different road far away from the purity laws and european brewing traditions they usually hang on too at Gjelleråsen. I think this is the best i’ve tried from Ringnes, also better than the Julebokk. What bothers me with this beer is the recommandation on the bottle about putting it to storage. I guess there will be development on some elements but i’m afraid that the simcoe hops will fade off; and this is my favorite part of this beer
Sigmund (6745) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10.0%. Brewed with torrified orange peel, Simcoe hops, Norwegian heather honey and Colombian coffee. Reddish brown colour, moderate beige head. Sweetish malty aroma, just a hint of coffee and orange peel, the heather honey is more distinct, also notes of caramel and alcohol. The flavour is medium sweet with some initial fruity notes, distinct notes of caramel, heather honey and coffee. The Simcoe hops are well hidden in both aroma and flavour, though. An unusual beer, good but maybe not great - still big thanks to Ringnes for finally doing something off the beaten track, in cooperation with Garrett Oliver.