hallinghansen (2219) - Odense S, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy brown body, with a small off-white head. Aroma is brown sugar, raisins and notes of chocolate. Flavor is sweet caramel, dark fruits, and some alcohol. Great beer.
MiP (13997) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2013 Bottle. Quite cloudy dark brown colour. The flavour is very vinous and quite fruity. There is a distinct iron note to the flavour, that I find quite unpleasant. Takes a little getting used to. Luckily Urbain was so kind as to give me a bottle, so I will have the chance to rerate it some time. 5 3 5 3 10
Bottle, 10%. Vinous aroma. Seemingly clear dark chestnut colour. Small light brown head. The flavour starts off a little acidic and quite vinous. Gets a little boozy, but the booze is almost held off by the woody acidity. Roasted note in the finish. The booze is well-hidden, and not by massive amounts of sugar or roasted malts, so quite well done. On the other hand, why hide the alcohol instead of just making a weaker version? Anyway, a lot better than the first time I tried it. 7 3 7 3 17
dchmela (2756) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at C&P Otown Throwdown, big thanks to whoever brought this! 05 bottle. Cloudy brown pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma of holiday spice, oak, sweet malt and some yeast. Taste is sweet malt, tangy oak, dark fruit, spices and Belgian yeast. Awesome.
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle. Pours brown, with caramel head, a little cloudy. Large carbonation. Aroma is very sweet, brown sugar. Taste is also sweet, like caramel, or melted brown sugar/buttery, no taste of alcohol, despite 10%.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle at bistro L’autre Oeil. Dark black with medium brown creamy head. Rich aroma of coffee, chocolate and raisins. Taste is sweet and fruity, raisins, and roasted malt. Warm alcohol on the finish. Well hidden alcohol overall. Small bitterness and a bit dry on the finish. Medium carbonation. Awesome beer, nice balance, well impresed. Rating 56.
Gr0ve (2173) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle. Very dark brown, almost black, and lets a little dark red colour through. Medium-sized off-white head. Initially there is an instant feeling of scotch whisky and oak. Lots of vanilla and oak, and a little roasted character. Complex malty flavours with a surprising brettanomyces twist. Flavourwise it is rich, but with an acidic flavour. A little acetobacter and other sour flavours that balances the complex oak and whisky nicely. A very interesting beer, but I find it a little too thin given its other characteristics.
jercraigs (8276) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009-02-26. Very dark brown body with a mdoest tan head. (3+) Lightly boozy aroma has a sweet fruity malt character. Mil sugary caramel. Nice but more muted than I would have expected. Flavour is similarly quite fruity, dark fruit with a bit of a twang, over a sweet malt and sugar base. Touch of mild wood notes perhaps? Overall the twang of not quite sourness is a bit distracting from the finer fruit and malt character. (7+) Smooth medium to full bodied palate would benefit from just a touch more carbonation. (3+) Pleasant, but the regular version stands up better in my memory. Bottle c/o HogTownHarry
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 Bottle with big thanks to ygtbsm94 for this great bonus brew! Aroma has notes of dark dried fruits, port, oak, spice, and a subtle earthy yeast. Awesome. Dark amber hue that sits black in the sniffer. Average sized frothy off-white head that diminished and left some lace. Flavor is sweet, earthy and a little tart. Palate is medium bodied and soft. Very nice beer that has aged quite well. Very complex beer that opens up quite nicely as it warms. Wonderful.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle, thanks for sharing SHIG! Pours, dark sherry color, thin off white head. Oak, candy sugar, plum and sherry notes. Flavors are sweet dark fruit, spice, and an earthy wood flavor. Very complex and long lasting finish. Awesome beer!
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - FEB 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not as soft as the regular one that I love almost to the point of obsession, the wooden notes kind of override some of the more pleasant ones in this. Still vinous and really good but for the added price this is oddly a downgrade in many ways.