yngwie (16483) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, 75cl. It’s a nice-looking amber beer, clear at first, but with some clouds when getting closer to the bottom of the bottle. A quite lively carbonation leaves a two-finger, dense, beige head. Some lacings occur. The aroma is dominated by mixed dried fruits, apricots, prunes and dates, with some underlying cellar, white sugar, fresh fruits and a whiff of alcohol. It’s full-bodied, smooth and a bit too effervescent. Slightly warming too, especially in the finish, which is also sweet, fruity and with some toffee. The flavor is maybe a bit too sweet and sugary, and that drowns the complexity and layers found in the aroma. Sugary dried and fresh fruits might be a description to sum up the flavor experience. Add some boozy alcohol to that picture. Overall, a decent beer indeed, but I wish it was a bit less sweet and alcoholic. One more thing, the label doesn’t mention any sugar added, but gluten! Strange! Well, I had no problems finising the bottle, neither this time nor the last time I had one. 101001
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big corked bottle from bestillingsutvalget, Vinmonopolet. A mostly lasting yellow-blond dense head over a clear deep golden-brown colored body. Nice smell of fruity yeast and sweet toasted malts. A scent of toffee and burnt sugar. Sweet malt flavor, yet fairly clean and fresh-tasting. Notes of tinned fruits, fresh yeast and toffee. Subtle hops, vague spices. Quite full with a juicy mouthfeel. A pretty good one, and probably better with less sweetness.
thewolf (12027) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, bought @ Vinspecialisten, Kolding Storcenter.
Hazy orange amber with a small, creamy, off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, some caramel, lots of red apples. High carbonation, fine creamy and light dry mouthfeel. Flavour is mild, some maltiness, light frutiy. Some bitterness in the finish, light herbal and a touch citric. Fair, lingering malty aftertaste.
bhensonb (13985) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 c&c from Berkeley Bowl West. Pours orangey amber with a 3 finger foamy beige head. Strange aroma - malt and something suggesting diacetyl. Medium body with strong carbonation. Flavor is heavily roast malt with no trace of diacetyl, and a fairly bitter aspect. "for those who eat the taste of mystery"? In the end it’s fairly malty and smooth, but there’s enough hop to make it balanced. Suggestive of an "imperial" amber.
Stefano (1957) - Thisted, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber color with a huge off-white head. Aroma has notes of citrus and some hops. Taste is sweet with notes of caramel, malt and alcohol leading to a bitter finish.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Ryan. Brilliant copper with nice head, tiny carbonation bubbles. Amazing aroma, have to dig a little, but tons going on. Candied stone fruits up front, (mango/apricot), dusty yeast, bready/toasted malts, light crystal/caramel malts, herbal/earthy hop character, faint spice in backend, nutmeg? Flavor again, very well put together, nothing in your face, but a ton going on. Fruit character not as prevelant, light apricot shows up. Great malt/yeast combo beyond that. Toasted bread, light caramel malt, light honey, dusty yeast, lightly musty, perfect amount of sweetness in finish. For everything going on, this is amazingly clean. Lively carbonation to start, helps cleanse the palate, turns soft and billowy, very easy to drink. Wish I could put this in heavy rotation.
Geiserich (4103) - Linz, AUSTRIA - AUG 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled: Amber color, creamy off-white head. Aroma with notes of acid and alcohol, light fruitiness of raisins, herbs and honey. Flavor is malty with acid, fruits and hops. Nice one.
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Light copper colour. Crystal clear. Tall fluffy off-white head that clings to the glass. Soapy and peppery aroma with hints of juniper. Rich malty flavours, even though the body leans towards the lighter side. Balances between a rich and soft maltiness and a crisp bite from the carbonation. Very enjoyable.
Sigmund (6645) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 2, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml swingtop bottle, from Vinmonopolet, nettbutikken. ABV is 6.9%. Deep golden to amber colour, big to moderate white (or slightly off-white) head. Spicy and herbal aroma, hints of flowers and honey too. The flavour is fairly sweet and malty with caramel and moderate hops, hints of honey, the alcohol is noticeable. Lacks the crisp freshness of the Hildegarde Blonde.
JohnnyJ (5370) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear amber pour, off-white head. Sweet malt, caramel, fruit, and some light hops. Easy drinking.