MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at home.
Very dark red amber with just a faint white rim. Very fruity, lots of caramel or toffee and a hint of spice. Slight cardboard and cheap advent calender chocolate. Run of the mill Scandinavian Jule beer. Genius lablel.
AndySnow (6479) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Amber colour with a small off-white head.
Aroma: Malt, bread, some spices.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Sweet malt, caramel.
Hermod (6229) - Vantaa, FINLAND - DEC 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl bottle. Piurs dark brown, with a beige head. Aroma is quite sweet malty, roasted malts. Flavor is the same, sweet caramel malt. Light body, bit watery. Enjoyed this over dinner, enjoyed it.
Finn (6147) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Flaske 0,33l fra Kilpishalli. Delt med Rune under seanse i H9 17 Jan 13. Brunrød. Middels høyt skum som daler raskt. Grei maltaroma. Smaken litt metallisk. Antydning til frukt - men er og blir litt kjedelig.
VastActiv (5492) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 24, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle 0.33l at Oluthuone Parkkinen, Oulu. Originally rated 06012012. Colour is dark copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Caramel, sweetness and malts.
Pyrmir (5393) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle received at the brewery, vintage 2007. Aroma very very fruity with some burnt malt notes. Taste is fruity, plums and dates. Good balance between sweetness and bitterness. Burnt malt notes that remains thougout the aftertaste. Very nice beer.
jookos (5215) - FINLAND - DEC 11, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Brown dark amber. Malty, dark bready, bit herby nose.light bodied, some dark fruits, bit woody, greens, some cola. Bit weak, nothing too bad tho.
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle@Home. Toffee aroma with quite some malts. Brown colour, beige head, good lace. Nice malty beer with toffee notes and good hop and malts bitterness. Medium body. Flavourful, easy going. Thanks Patrik!
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottled, thanks Markku K.!) Clear, dark copper with a smallish, beige head. Toffee-malty aroma with some sweet roastiness and hints of chocolate. Sweetish-malty, lightly roasty and chocolatey flavor with low bitterness and hints of metal. Light to medium-bodied, a bit thin, quite low-carbonated palate. Not the strongest or most interesting effort from Stallhagen. Reminds me of the memory trace I have from Hartwall’s Chocolate Porter a few years back.
Alengrin (4329) - BELGIUM - APR 23, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Van Eetvelde in Lokeren. Apparently a bottom-fermented (German style) dunkler Bock. Pale yellow beige, moussy, medium thick, well-retaining head over a very dark purplish burgundy brown beer, almost black in general appearance. Aroma of smoked meat, roasted walnut, nut shells, bayleaf, beef stock cubes, a lot of (fairly ’natural’) iron, old leather, dried tree leaves, caramel, fig, black tea but low in fruitiness, indeed revealing we are dealing with a lager here. Sweetish onset (dried fig, caramel) with strong umami edge (cured meat) and light but ’deep’ generic sourishness, spritzy carbo but tingling in a very ’refined’, almost lambrusco-like way, smooth and slick malt body, caramelly and nutty with bittering roasted accent towards the end (but not really coffeeish, more like toasted bread), a tad metallic but still soft and creamy, simply continuing this malt bittersweetness in the finish while smoky and meaty flavors rise up retronasally; there is a late, subdued but effective, earthy hop bitterishness as well, but the malt factor dominates, as can be expected from a beer labelled as ’Bock’. That being said, this is not very typically a dunkler Bock at all: it has a caramelly malt body around which all the rest is centered, but usually a dark Bockbier does not show this smoky umami presence - this is, in all, more a smoked Bock than anything else (think Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock) and in that sense, anything but ordinary, though relatively simple in structure. I do like smoked beers to a certain extent so this is an interesting find, all things considered. Enjoyed it.