YogiBeera (2544) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice big foamy hazelnut brown head, leaving laces. Dark mahogony color. Toasted malt and tabacco nose. Intense almond taste, also maple syrup. The alcohol is not that tastable, numbs the tongue though ;-)
MiP (14446) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Sweet, roasted aroma, though not very powerful considering the ABV. Very dark brown colour, small stable head. The flavour is nice. Powerful and peppery with notes of liquorice and roasted malt. I sense a little fruituness behind the other flavours. The alcohol is nicely noticeable. Pleasant, low carbonation.
jonas (6099) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 30, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - sampled at the RBESP 2005
Milk chocolate, prune and raisin flavors - nice.
Medium body. Milk chocolate aftertaste.
madsberg (10708) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled: Burgundy coloured. Clear. Huge brown head. Honey, liqourice, brown sugar and caramel in the nose. Heavy liqourice in the flavour. Alcohol, fruit, sweetness, spices are notable. Light bitter alcohol in the end. Full bodied. Nice beer.
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBESG grand tasting, August 2005. There were a lot of these heavy, soy-sauce accented bocks around at the grand tasting. Its a style I struggle with. They tend to range from heavy going to undrinkable on my palatability scale. This one is also heavy, with a rather syrupy feel, soy-sauce, balsamic vinegar, jammy fruits, tar, molasses etc (just like the others). However, it does score by being less cloyingly sweet and, consequently (for me at least), surprisingly drinkable.
yngwie (15377) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2007 Bottled. (2005) Dark brown, almost black, with a decent, dense tan head. Somewhere in the process, they forgot to put in the aroma, thers just hints of roasted malt and hops. Sweet malt, hops, coffee and some hints of chocolate in aroma. Definately a warming beer, the alcohol is not dominant at all, and it leaves a roasted and bitter finish. Full bodied. This one is said to be brewed by Ringnes Arendal, and is definately Ringnes’ best beer. Pity the aroma is so light. I can’t let the aroma thing go. It should not be possible to make a beer of this kind, and leave it with almost no aroma? But of course, if you take a good sniff, the little aroma that’s in the beer is good. Rating: 5-4-8-4-16-3.7(051124)
Bottle. (2007) Poured with a clear, dark brown body, and a dense, beige head on top. A bit small head maybe, and certainly diminishig too quickly, but the beer looks nice. As last time, it is a bit weak on the aroma, but there’s a good dash of dried fruits, quite a lot roasted malt and hops, and some alcohol as well. Some chocolate and coffee too, but not much. I wonder if the aroma is more sweetish than earlier years, the aroma leads my thoughts to dark Belgian strong ales. The flavor is sweet as well, with dried fruits and sugar playing major parts. They are backed up by roasted malt giving some coffee flavors, a bitterness to balance it, and a pleasant touch of alcohol. Well, maybe not a touch, more a punch actually. It is quite warming and full-bodied. The finish is long, sweet, bitter and has a nice, warming alcohol burn. I think this years edition is sweeter and with more pronounced alcohol flavor than they have had the last two years, but it is certainly nice. Not the beer to enjoy with Christmas dinner, but it goes well on it’s own, for example as a night cap. Certainly the best beer from the "old" Norwegian breweries. (071126)
larsga (6684) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large, creamy, tan head; dark red visible through the body with some difficulty. Aroma is sweet maltiness with some hops, relatively faint. (How on earth did they brew this to 9.9%, with huge gravity, and leave no aroma? If done on purpose it requires uncommon skill, and a pretty perverse mind.) Taste is deep, round, and sweet, with notes of chocolate, coffee, and cloves. Aftertaste is dry, roasty and full of cloves and other spices. Very good. The best beer ever produced under the Ringnes label by a very long stretch.
Finn (4710) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
There is a good bock tradition in Norway, and this beer has been a nice addtition. One of the best Christmas beers in the latest years.
KnutAlbert (6377) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 This one shows that Ringnes can get their act together if they really want to. Full of flavour, and of course the alcohol strength comes through, but it is balanced by the rich aroma. You will usually only want one of these, but it is well worth seeking out.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Sweet, with a fair bit of alcohol shopwing. Caramel and berry sweetness, with some soy sauce stickyness. Not as bad as i had suspected, its even pretty balanced. But too sweet.