FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Original review date 10/20/2008...
Swingtop POPS from one of the funkiest bottles going. 11.2 oz. into a Reidel Extreme Riesling glass.
2 fingers of rye bread head topping a huge root beer body with a little carbonation and a solid seam. Quite impressive.
A little metal off the top but this goes away quickly. Sweet doppelbock/sarsparilla scent. Slight pepper notes accompany this complex concoction. Not your babydaddy’s alt.
Thick, syrupy ups...malt is huge, malty, thick and formidable. Backbone has depth with a peanutty/caramel feel to it.
Hearty malt profile is extremely soothing - virtually no alcohol burn and finish is strong and solid.
Definitely a sipper. Easily drinkable but works best if savoring in small doses. Well-done.
ABS (620) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet’s BU. Pours quite dark brown, with a dense, two centimeter thick, beige head. Prune, dried fruit and lots of alcohol nose. Sweet. Almost no aftertaste. Thick body, soft carbonation. Quite dry ending. Prune, caramel, dried fruit, fruitcake and some hints of herbs. Alcohol is not very well hidden. Closer to an Imperial Stout than an Albier in my opinion. Ending is a bit abrupt.
Gorm (1547) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dunkel mørk rødbrun farve med lys beige skum. Lukt av malt, karamell, bær, eple. Smak av malt, karamell, bær, eple. Lett karbonert med en bittersøt avslutning.
nilsas (1883) - Bryne, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lukt: Friske frukter, rosin og krydder.
Utseende: Grumset brun farge.
Skum/kullsyre: Tynn hinne skum, ring langs kant.
Smak: Friske frukter, noe krydder, fin sødme i avslutningen.
Hvor: Kjøpt@VP Bryne(netstore), Nydt@Lokal hjemme tasting med Gorm
Medium: Flaske@330ml, ABV@8,5%, Når@12.02.2015
Kommentar: Nydelig øl som mer enn gjerne prøves igjen ved en senere anledning.
tfredvik (1246) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 9, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy, very deep copper to brown body with a creamy, quite dense, beige head that doesn’t leave much lacing. Sweet, malty and rather strong aroma of caramel, dark dried fruits and alcohol. Strong flavour of caramel, burnt sugar, pine, flowers and soy sauce. Red berries and herbs in the back. Moderate sweet taste and a long-lasting, biting, stinging, herbal, quite heavy bitter finish. Full-bodied, smooth and creamy texture, soft carbonation. A bit too demanding. If I want a hopped sweet beer I prefer a barley wine.
[33 cl bottle, from Vinmonopolet Online]
BenH (2737) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle with big thanks to Sabine. Dark brown with tan head. AAroma of cake mix, tootsie roll, dried fruit. Taste of dried fruit, caramel, toffee, cake. Very sweet and bitter
cgarvieuk (15573) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle at home ...copper ...thin white lacing ... soft sweet woody malty .. soft sherry nose .. soft sweet sticky toffee fruit .. ligth bitter woods ... herbal malts .. soft malt.. not me
allmyvinyl (4796) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours hazy dark brown with a thin white head. Aromas of caramel, sugar, sweet. Taste is sweet. Gluey texture, light herbs. Very sweet.
Stuu666 (4576) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours hazy deep brown, nose is malty toffee, light smoke, taste is sweet, caramel, dry, chewy.
Cunningham (5074) - Halden, NORWAY - FEB 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My oh my. What a surprise. I was relaxing in the coach and felt for an Altbier. Yeah I have one left. Hah. Opens it and I start imediately to wonder. This do NOT look like an Altbier. Is something wrong? Does not smell like it either. Very unclear brownish color with a fine off white head. And what an aroma. Bready, fruitcake and some yest. Altbier…..ehhh I had to check ratebeer. What is it with this one. Aha other fellow ratebberians says the same thing. This is more a altwine. Full body. Tad sweet and a moderate bitterness. Oily and a bit soft carbonation. Powerful flavor. Toffee, caramel, fruitcake, bready and it feels like there is some whiskey as well. Lovely evening sipper.
[Christmas gift from McTapps]
mmahut (1257) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 31, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours in cloudy dark body with ruby hints againts the light, medium frosty stable head. Aroma has nice plum sweetness, caramely, nutty, toffee. Dark berries, alcohol well hidden. Taste has high spruce, pine, bitterness with yeasty sweetness. Alcohol is pretty noticable in the after taste. Body is pretty heavy, low to medium carbonation.