muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from the Corner Market next door to where I live in Richmond, VT, BBD March ’08 but purchased in late April 2008, served in a Unibroue glass a little below cellar temperature. Well, I’m always excited by a new (semi-local) beer, even one from this less-than-stellar factory, but seeing as how it’s date, hmm...could be even worse than the usual. Well....it pours nicely, deep and nearly opaque black with a respectably persistant tan creamy head and a bit of lacing....there’s more than a bit of honey in the nose, and some light roastiness, perhaps a bit of apple, so far so good....the body offers nicely balanced honey-orange sweetness, a fair bit of roasty coffee-bitterness, a full mouthfeel, low to moderate natural-feeling carbonation.....no trace of the typical diacetyl infection, no bad brewing here. It’s not exciting, exactly, but it’s decently crafted and is the first Shipyard beer I’ve had in years that I’d buy again. Well done guys.
Enjoyit (3736) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish brown of color with a beige head. An aroma of sweets and prunes. A flavor of prunes, malt and bread.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep ruby brown with a thin head. Aroma is dark chocolae, dusty cracker malts, light roast, some light fruity ester, nuts, light plastic and some diacetyl butter hint. Flavor is almonds, nuts, roasted malts, light sweet chocolate, hazelnut, with a thin weak finish. Meh.
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - OCT 23, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
deep red/black pour, frothy brown head.Aroma has sweet toffey, slight coffee, chocolate, roast. Taste is roasted one-sided bad.
gyllenbock (7227) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, old notes from 2007.
Almost black with a medium tan head.
Sweet aroma with some coffee, chocolate, yeast and roasted malt. Sweet taste of roasted malt, coffee and with some sourness. Quite bitter finish.
Unfortunately quite thin and dull.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of syrup, some chocolate, earthy. Tastes sweet and earthy with some spice hints on the finish.
CanIHave4Beers (3942) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep reddish brown with an enormous loose khaki head. Aroma is fruity with notes of chocolate and a slight peaty character, pretty nice. Flavor is a little oxidized but this does not detract too much from the other flavors. Notes of licorice, chocolate, and plenty of roasty and fruity flavors balancing each other very nicely. The mouthfeel is kind of watery. This is ok.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 12, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark red, near black colored with huge light brown head. Sweet aroma with roastiness and rich licorice. Medium bodied, crispy palate. Flavor is more berryish with slight licorice and sweet caramel, somehow short ending with slight licorice. Well, good aroma, flavor is somehow empty and carbonated.
alexanderj (3512) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAY 26, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle; pours a dark, cola brown. Large head. Aroma of toffee, honey, roasted malt with some vegetable and milk notes. Palate ws weak; too much carbonation created an undesirable harshness. The flavor was just ok; roasted malt and toffee. Below average for the style.
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Jägermeister in cola. Sweet, carbonated, faintly syrupy malts. Overly carbonated which dominates the flavour.
theisti (3766) - Kansas, USA - MAY 8, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle enjoyed at haukur’s tasting on 1 May 2008. Not sure how supplied this one. Pour is brown-black with a huge, fizzy out of control off white head. Aroma of dirty milk with some honey sweetness. Taste is porter-coffee, some milk, slight sweetness near the end. Just OK, overly carbonated for the style.