Marko (6421) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 29, 2011
The last of the survivors from my Alvinne webshop order, shared with ogivlado and heavy.thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Poured a very dark brown body with an off white head. Strong malty nose, vinuous, big barrel aged aroma, notes of coffee, sweet and lovely. Light(ish) sweet notes of grape, chicory/coffee, malty. Very light acidity, somewhat roasty, some chocolate, soft and creamy. Long aftertaste. Better than expected and I liked it more than the others that day. The barrel aged note permeate it and it was, if I remember correctly, a little difficult to think of it as an IS. No problems with this bottle (not a gusher despite bearing many scars from the transport), reminded me somewhat of Papsoe’s beer, which I liked a lot as well.
(37.5cl bottle thanks to bu11zeye) clearish deep copper/ruby. Creamy tan edge bubbles. Nose of oak, cherry, cream, light alcohol. Taste of alcohol, cherry, oak, creamy, and spices. Creamy body with an alcohol linger. bu11zeye (13288) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2010
(375ml bottle) Pours a dark brown body with lots of protein particles and a small beige head. Aroma of raisins, whiskey, wood, and roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt, raisins, light anise, some whiskey, and wood. FlacoAlto (4247) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Sampled July 2010blutt59 (6646) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2010
A careful pour into my Cantillon Tulip still produces a four-finger thick, pale brown tinged, tan colored head on this brown beer. The aroma smells quite fruity (which I wasn’t expecting) with notes of prunes, raisins and cherries. This really does have a rich fruit presence to it, but this is joined by a musty toasted malt character and a fruity cocoa type character towards the finish.
The beer tastes of sour fruit and a bit of sharp alcohol at first. It is excessively dry and thin bodied like the other barrel aged brews from Alvinne that I have had. The beer finishes with a bitter, burnt, roast character that is only out of balance because of how thin the body is. This really could use more residual malt character to balance things out. Lots of carbonation contributes a fizzy texture and carbonic bite / acidity, which doesn’t help the texture really. This gets a bit vinous with the tart flavors, notes reminiscent of berries and red wine grapes as well as spicy oak notes. This is certainly an interesting beer, but the flavor falls quite flat and just never quite congeals into an integrated whole for me.
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, carbonated dark brown with tan foam, aroma is malty tart berries, flavor is sweet cherry, bitter cocoa
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.
When opened, the beer gushed for several minutes before calming down enough to serve. The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of cherries and roasted malt notes. I don’t get much wood or whiskey notes in the aroma.
The flavor is heavy on the roasted malt, chocolate and dark fruit - mainly cherries but also some raisins. Once again, I don’t get much, if any, wood or whiskey notes. If the label didn’t say barrel aged, I doubt I would have known this beer was barrel aged. There is a little bit of tartness in the flavor, but it is pretty subdued.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. TBone (18934) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 15, 2010
Bottled 375ml (Alvinne Shop, BB 02/2015)mjs (7884) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 24, 2010
Typical Alvinne bottle: bursting out of bottle by force. For every Alvinne bottle you loose at least 100 ml of beer ... Dark brown color, small beige head. Aroma is slightly sour, some caramel and raisiny notes, bourbon. Medium to full bodied. Some sourness, wood, dark fruits (raisin), light bourbon and then quite strong alcohol in the finish. Barrel ageing effect is not so strong in this brew. This is also one of the most alcoholic tasting Alvinnes.
(Bottle at Chris & Ruth, huge thanks) A gusher which is quite odd for a barrel aged brew. Also, this was surprisingly fruity. I found no wood in the aroma but in the taste it was present. The woodiness was luckily quite low. Sourness appeared to be the dominating component. Whisky was missing completely. An enjoyable brew but I don’t know if the end result is what the brewer was aiming for. Abio (1868) - BERMUDA - SEP 16, 2010
UPDATED: APR 3, 2011 Pours out very dark brown. But with some floaters, and yes, i poured it out carefull, but the beer started flowing while opening the bottle. A medium head, but it colapses very quick. Just an off white small lace stays. Nice sour-sweet, a bit burned smell. Caramel also and wood.Good spiced. Love the smell. Taste starts a bit watery, but very soon the fruits and malts gets trough. Some nice sweetness inside and spices and coffee. Good global taste, just a bit to much carbonation, and maybe the taste is a bit to complex. It’s a bit a shame it’s this high priced, cause I should buy it more otherwise for sure. The aftertaste is also very good. Like it, just the looks (head!!!)... How come this is rated only at 3.50-3.40? Some bottles are good other bad? bierkoning (13959) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - JUL 11, 2010
Bottle from bierkompass.de. Serious gusher. Lost about a third. But the aroma is magic. Dark chocolate, dried fruit, caramel, whisky notes. Full bodied. Malty, roasty, alcoholic flavor with whisky notes, caramel, dark chocolate. Dried fruit. Lovely, well balanced imperial stout with a good complexity.