Benzai (15601) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2016
Bottle @ Don’t want anything to do with carnaval tasting. Opaque brownish color, average sized beige head. Smell and taste malts, a touch of port and red wines, fruitpeel-bitterness. Ok body and carbonation. DutchDrebus (5996) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2016
Bottle @ benzai’s carnaval. Brown colour with a small off-white head. Smells mint, oak, toothpick, dark malts. Tastes roasty, oak, wood, red fruits, cherry peel. Medium body, soft carbo. hackobock (4029) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2016
January 26, 2016. Bottle, brewed December 20, 2012. Psytron (2284) - Turku, FINLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Slow gusher, dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel, vinous, woody, hints of tart berries, grape skins, some prunes, figs, light spicy. Taste is sweet malty, vinous, light sour. Finish is sweet fruity, malty with caramel, figs, prunes, vinous, light sour, some grape skin and light dry woody notes. Medium to full bodied, soft to average carbonation, quite creamy texture with a dry finish.
Much more wood, vinous and sourness than expected which wasn’t bad since it balance out the quite intense sweetness and makes it more drinkable.
Bottle from Bierkompass. Smell of oak, fruit, sourdough. Very dark brown colour, extreme brown head. Aroma of wine, oak, sour fruit. Some roasted flavours in finish. Medium sour, also bitter. Carbon is lively but quite soft. Surprisingly non-oily texture. Medium dry palate. danlo (3065) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2015
250ml bottle from Leura Cellars. Pours black brown in colour, with a tan foam head leaving lacing and aroma of malt, berry fruity, woody oak, red wine. Taste is malt, caramel, sweetish, berry fruits, woody, red wine, with tangy, spicy bitterness. Oily mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, woody dry slightly tannic finish. Nicely complex, very drinkable.
minutemat (5474) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2015
25cl bottle, shared with Bladdock as the penultimate beer of our 2015 Rainbow Project tasting sesh. From trade with Gunnar - many thanks! Pours deep brown with thin tan head. Aroma is complex with some oaky red wine. Taste is woody, malty and super complex with some lovely red wine warmth. A hint of funk. Wish I kept the bottle to myself now! BlackHaddock (7329) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2015
25cl Bottle: cheers Mat, another rare and wonderful beer I have shared with you. Poured a cloudy dark brown with a thin beige head. Nose was red wine and semi-sour red berries. The taste was also wine like and ’funky’ with again a red berry influence: so a flavoursome but ’tart’ beer with plenty going on, there was a dry finish with a woody undertone throughout. I like complex beers more and more these days, my palate must be getting a little more discerning. Marduk (7694) - Reval, ESTONIA - NOV 7, 2015
250ml bottle (thanks Mart). Clear chestnut color. Small size, tan-yellow head, stays. Red currant, sweet, acidic, woody, touch of grapes in aroma. Sweet, toffee, hard candy, fructose and oak in taste. Sweet hazelnuts and oak in aftertaste. Quite heavy carbonation which makes it bit harsh in the mouth. No alcohol detected, but I can feel the burn inside. Complex brew. martjoobolut (4386) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 6, 2015
Bottle. Pours brown with beige head. Aroma is red wine, oak, sweetness, raisins. Flavor is sweet, a lot of wood, red wine, malt, raisins, blackcurrant, caramel. Finish is bitter with some alcohol. Overall: very good. FatPhil (16102) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 6, 2015
250ml bottle - thanks martjoobolut
Very winey aroma, some flemish brune woody aspects, including a hint of sourness and sweatiness. Was over-keen to come out of the bottle, so probably something wild’s going on in there. Later aroma is sweet, some toffee. Nice roast in the mouth, toasty. Relatively light palate, but that’s because the carbonation is quite high. Burntness carries through to the finish too. Some winey warmth after swallowing, and a pleasant bitter bite too. A real mixed bag, it has some nice positives, but I think the wild aspects are taking it in the wrong direction. That, and I’m no fan of wine bottles.