LarsEngen (322) - Sandvika, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
33 cl bottle from Etre Gourmet. 2008 Vintage. Pours almost black with a small brown creamy head. Leaves a nice lacing. Excellent aroma of figs, raisins, plums, roasted malts, dark bread, chocolate, dark coffee and some eartly notes. Perfect balanced. Flavour is the same with new flavors for each zip. Wood and smoke notes as well. Very creamy, and alcohol notes is nowhere to be found. Low bitterness, creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation, long chocolate finish with some sweet notes. Extremely well produced and aged beer.
2008 vintage. Enjoyed October 16, 2011 Poured from a chilled bottle into a narrow 25cL de Struise goblet. Rich, dark amber - nearly black, with minimal head and no lacing. Nose is extremely rich with roast malt, chocolate, and coffee. Chocolate and coffee are even more present on first taste, with rich dark chocolate taking over soon after sipping. On second sip, dried fruits become apparent. Extremely complex, almost spicy on the palate. As it warms, dark nuts and wood smoke come forward even more, both in taste and nose. Very smooth mouthfeel and goes doen easy for such a high ABV, dark beer. Further warming reveals the alcohol, and lots of peppery spiciness. Dark chocolate stays present the whole time. Slight hints of malt sweetness start to keep through near the end. Phenomenal beer!
Dazz3 (1429) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, thx rlgk. Pours black with a small brown head. Smells and tastes figs, raisins, dark chocolate, abit alcohol and roasted malt. Well balance and creamy.
DanielBrown (3477) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle from Stirchley Wines, Brum. Wowee. Magnificent. So smooth - the burnished caramelised medicinal bitters are creeping, balanced and lip smacking. Easy drinking. Fabulous.
Martinus (2522) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear dark ruby red colour, tan head. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, malts, chocolate, apple sauce, light madeira and raisins. Sweet malty flavour, chocolate, caramel, light bitter, coffee with milk, raisins and notes of Pedro Ximinez. Full body, finish cacao, raisins, lingering sweet sherry.
(From 33cL bottle shared with friends)
sdcourtney (37) - Berlin, Germany, - APR 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 bottle Grand Reserva ’Vintage’ 33 cl ("Limited edition of 30HI / 2 year") purchased in Brussels. This one is a bit too old. Aroma and flavor is somewhat flat. Light oxidation is evident. Oak is character nearly gone, but finish is somewhat brandy-like. Either handled improperly, or a bit past its prime. I can taste the potential, though - wish I had it a year ago!
dogfishho (557) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 Vintage - Pours a dark red-brown color with minimal head. The aroma is tight. Sweet, but not overly complex. I thought maybe it was too cold, but it never opened as it warmed. On the palate however, the beer is quite interesting. Raisins, cola, caramel, and stewed apples make for a decadent treat. The barrel is only minimally evident.
banii (219) - Trondheim, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2013
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2008-vintage. Farven er mørkebrun, nær sort. Smaken minner vagt om portvin, og brygget helt latterlig godt balansert. Som fløyel. Toner av toffee og mørk moden frukt. Jeg vet ikke om noe kan smake "estetisk", men denne gjør i så fall akkurat det. Bryggekunst.
stoutnick (287) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2013 Dark tan head. Very mild aroma compared with other pannepots. Taste is rich fruits. Not as much clarity as the basic pannepot. Palate is not too cloying. Nice. Overall, didn’t blow me away as expected.
Bamsen78 (1965) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy dark copper brown with airy light tan head. Dark aroma of malt, caramel and dried fruity with vinous notes. Sour, vinous flavour, giving way to malty sweetness, ending on a roasty note. Boozy aftertaste. Quite Decent.
Atheist_Peace (853) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 7, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 bottling. Dark brown pour with a very minimal tan head. Barnyard, licorice, brown sugar and stewed prune on the nose. It has such a rich impression. On the palate there’s cooked red fruit, molasses and brown sugar and myriad other things, leather. Incredibly complex. The body is pretty full and silky smooth.