Dedollewaitor (16387) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2010
Bottle @ Papsø. Tasted blind. Pours dark ruby brown with a small lasting head and lacings. Sweet and vinous nose. Vague roast and toffee. Oak and caramel with some hops in the end. Sticky. yespr (47567) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2010
1 L bottle, courtesy of Papsoe. Pours hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is wooden and dark malty. Light fruity accent. Smooth caramelish and roasted to dark breadish malt flavoured. Interesting with rather aromatic US hops to counterbalance the dense malt flavours. Gives a citric twist, yet also towards dominant in the flavour profile. Dry and citric into a dry finish. Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2010
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of ¾. Pours a reddish brown with a beige head leaving broad curtains of lacework. Hoppy nose, some nuts also. Solid body, caramel, nuts and vanilla. A little wood as well. Hoppy, bitter finish. 270310 potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2010 Upon reconsideration, this beer really is everything I remembered the first time...glad to have a couple extra of these! (1 Quart 1.8 fluid oz.) Murky brown with orange hue. Under light looks just like caramel. Head is melted coffee ice cream. Under certain lights, the murky brown almost hints at purple (wild looking). Aroma is burnt semi-sweet chocolate, espresso, boozy, fruit esters (berry). Flavor starts sweet syrupy and fades to bitter dark chocolate with hints of caramel and fruit sweet berry. Finish is bitter dry biting beautiful long lasting. MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Heavily carbonated appearance w/ a deep red color almost brown when not held to the light and a thick small bubbled tan head that quickly dissipates. Nice aroma sweet toffees w/ a bit of dandelion and grassy hops. Nice palate well coated and smooth. Flavor is lots of light toffee and a good amount of bitterness for an ESB finishes grassy. Pretty simple but pretty good.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Sept 26th 2008 vintage 1 Liter swing top thanks to Nicole as a 30th birthday present. The beer pours to a really deep ruby body with a super thick creamy light brown head. The aroma is grassy and bitter with a deep malt and strong toffee. The flavor is deeply toasted malt with some dry pine grass hop. Bitter. Toffee on the finish. The palate is strongly bitter and medium bodied. Nice coating texture. TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - FEB 21, 2010
2009 1L swing top bottle. Please, please stop wax dipping bottles like this. Pours dark brown a with a one finger, quickly dissipating, creamy, tan head; nice lacing when the head recedes. Creamy and foamy, a great looking brew that only takes one swirl for the head to be back in full swing. Aroma of resiny, piney hops, caramel malts, overripe plumbs, dark cherries. Love the nose. More bitter and less sweet than the nose indicates. The resiny, piney hops are in full force, but the caramel takes a back seat in favor of a toasted quality. As you drink, it gets more complicated. A subtle earthiness creeps in as well as light coffee. Finishes bitter and dry with some roastiness. Medium to full bodied with an oily mouthfeel and a low level of carbonation. Well balanced despite living up to its bitter heritage. Great brew, don’t underestimate it if you open the bottle solo. BelgianBeerGal (4156) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2010
1L bottle shared for the Super Bowl. Stop coating the flip tops in wax...it took me 10 minutes to open the stupid bottle. ONCE I GOT IT OPEN, I was very pleasantly surprised. Pours darker brown than expected with a pretty thick tan head. Foamy lacing too. Fairly mild aroma of roasted malt and resiny hops. More hops in the flavour plus a little coffee, smoke and chocolate. Really tasty! Indra (2710) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - FEB 4, 2010
1L bottle, 2008 vintage. Wax-coated flip top bottle, certainly not the easiest to open since the hinge and such were coated as well. Aroma of toasted malts, caramel, nuttiness, citrus, piney and floral hoppiness and a certain light fruitiness, perhaps a touch of oxidation. Deep, dark red-brown in color, opaque, with a very light, fine head. Flavor profile is predominantly hoppy, with copious citrus and pine, along with biscuity, toasty, darkly sweet malts and a generous bitterness making its presence known throughout. finishes dry and resinous, with a lingering blend of toasted malts, pine, grapefruit and caramel. Slightly oily and drying on the palate with plenty of effervescence, body is medium-full. Pretty full-flavored, but something about this didn’t entirely pull it together for me. hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2010
2008. consumed alone on 10/04/09.
really dark auburn color with a 2.5 inch orange tinted khaki head with enormous amounts of clingy foam.
initial aroma of nutmeg and spices... followed by orange, sweet grain, nearly burned caramel, floral and herbal hops, some chocolate, vanilla, dark cherries, raisins and dates. it’s quite deep and rich smelling.
the palate is a bit sweet but it is very well balanced by dryness from green hop oils and dirty leaves... flavors of brown sugar/caramel/butterscotch, slight spice, herbal grassiness, dried fruits, bready grains and some porter-like qualities.
it is borderline full bodied... at least for something at 7.5%. soft luscious carbonation makes it really rich. it is sweet but not sticky or cloyingly so. since i am drinking this beast alone, it does get a bit boring by the end.