2fat2fly99 (3) - NORWAY - DEC 23, 2002 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
ArthurII (2) - NORWAY - OCT 5, 2004 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Quite different from most other norwegian beers, this dark beer is rich on taste, sweet and bitter at the same time, and absolutely one of my favorites.
gladstone (23) - NORWAY - MAR 24, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Maybe the best beer ever made in Norway and by far the best beer ever made from Ringnes (at least in my years)
Beautiful dark colour and lots and lots of aromas. Ringnes should be proud of this excellent beer
Sigmund (4499) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brewed for every Christmas since 1999, this year (2002) unbelievably is the first (but definitely not the last!) year I have had this excellent beer. The recipe this year is supposed to be slightly less sweet than in 2001. Dark reddish brown colour, low head, pleasant but initially surprisingly weak roasted aroma (improves as the beer warms up). This is par excellence the most flavourful beer in Norway for nearly a century (between 1909 and 1999 max. ABV was 7%). Not as subtle and complex flavour as Aass Bock, but robust as hell. Roasted malts and coffee abound, Christmas spices and decent hops are balanced by a sufficient sweetness. Alcohol (9,9%) is well hidden. Robust aftertaste. Now THIS is a beer for the big boys! (OK, for big girls too.)
KongKalle (12) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown color on the beer, almost black. Beautiful light brown foam. Pleasant to taste, although the hops is relatively moderate.
Laegraid (37) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted 22. Nov -07. But a 2006 bottle. This is a fantastic beer, its very hard to detect any flavors except a sweet maltiness. This do not mean its dull, its the greatest malt taste I have ever found in a beer. You canít really taste that it is a 9,9% beer, maybe because it is a year old. Overall a very good beer in the winter months
Foffern (973) - BodÝ, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. 1 year old. Deep golden redbrown with a big frothy beige head. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt and some alcohol. More roast in the mouth, towards smoke, along with leather and some dried fruit. Hints of alcohol. Medium bitterness and light to medium carbonation. Medium+ body and creamy mouthfeel. Overall a round and nice christmas beer. Well-balanced with a pleasant fullness in the mouth. A beer cellar classic.
Oysteib (80) - NORWAY - JAN 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear, dark red-brown. Good sweetness that is not overpowering, with dark malt and cocoa character. Moderate alcohol taste for this alcohol volume. A thoroughly pleasant christmas beer experience.
Fin (6628) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle very kindly passed on by Rune & Finn, at Kernel Brewery November 2012. Cheers Rune & Finn. I decided to retire from rating back in October 2012, however will occasionally rate when people have been kind enough to pass on beer or if I just fancy it. Consumed Wednesday 5th December 2012 Great Doppelbock, full flavoured in mouth and with lots of burnt toffee and whilst quite sweet it isnít cloying, in fact I really like the sweetness, I really like the beer. A touch sticky, it as a pleasant softness in the mouth, very indulgent, some chocolate and milky coffee also starting to combine. The flavours really, really last, dark sticky fruits and despite the strength the alcohol is very well hidden. A cracking Christmas beer, big thanks to Rune and Finn for this beer. A7 A4 T9 P4 Ov17 4.1
morri (131) - NORWAY - NOV 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle from Vinmonopolet. Dark reddish brown, almost opaque body. Medium light brown head which settles quickly. Lots of tiny bubbles. Aroma of coffee, toffee, amber and soy sauce. Taste is quite gentle, a little sweet, some burned wood. Very well balanced. The high ABV is barely noticeable. A little thin mouthfeel. All in all a positive surprise.