Bov (8805) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUL 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
courtesy of Greg Gaughan - pours a cloudy amber-brown colour under a huge beige foam; aroma of caramel, pear and dust; full-bodied and quite sweet, rounded mouthfeel, very long caramelish and almondy aftertaste with light nozes of warming alcohol (which remains very well hidden considering its alcohol strength)
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Patrik! Muddy light tan-brown. Surprisingly thick head for such a strong beer. Floral US hop aroma (amarillo?) leans towards perfumey. Some modest sugars also make their presence felt. On the palate, this is a full-bodied brew with dusty yeast, light phenolic notes, bright mandarin hops and wood. Good strong ale.
Beershine (5177) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to oh6gdx (Patrik) for sharing. Hazy copper amber, bright and with lots of lacing. Aroma is burly, rusty, with lots of fruit skins, minerals, earthy hops. Smells like a barleywine with a lot of heat that heads straight through the nasal passages and into the brain. High carbonation but nice juicy palate. Lovely flavors, same rich roasty-like burnt tasting beer is nice and tastes better than it smells. Hits the char pocket. Is deceptively smooth. Lovely flavors, and ends up seeming smooth and balanced.
oh6gdx (19630) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled (thanks fonefan!). Golden colour with particles floating around. Mediumsized foamy head. Aroma is hops, some grass and some herbal notes as well. Flavour is quite much the same along with some sweet malts and mild yeasty notes. Pleasantly balanced. Big grassy aftertaste.
daniele (4465) - ITALY - JUN 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
ambrata buona schiuma piuttosto persitente note di luppoli agrumati leggero acidio un po di frutta in bocca molto beverina rispetto ai gradoi alcolici piuttosto bilanciata anche se l’amaro molto piacevole si fa ben notare
Christian (10355) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy golden with a small white head. Rich and sweet malt aroma with some yeast. Sweet biscuit malt flavour with herbal hop notes.
diabel (1589) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUN 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Hazy orange body with a nice lightly yellow, creamy body. Aroma of yeast, honey, aroma hops, citrus, banana, orange, pepper, grapes, spices, ... Very complex (of spices) and well balanced aroma, but a bit subtle and not very attractive. Heavily bitter, modeately sweet flavour. Balance is very nice. Drinks easily. Dry, hoppy mouthfeel. Moderately bodied, never would have guessed it is 12% ABV, more like 8-9% (although it has a tiny bit of alcoholic mouthfeel, but never in terms of 12%).
finol (1866) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours thick orange with a big creamy head.
Smells of citrusy hops.
Thick taste of butter and citrus hops.
hirigalzkar (2003) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Ar: Hoppy with a belgian touch (yeast). Ap: Hazy amber. Fla: Hoppy (american), buttery and fruity. Bitterness in aftertaste. The alcohol is very well hidden. Ov: Nice hoppy beer, a little thin in some way, it’s almost too easy to drink.
faroeviking (10299) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botella. Hazy deep golden, nice head, good lacing. Sweet malty, fruity and yeasty aroma. Good mouthfeel. The flavour is sweet and malty with a good fruitiness, a pleasant bitterness, yeast and caramel. Bitter fruity hoppy finish. Nice one indeed!