SSSteve (4006) - - FEB 26, 2010
bottle. batch 225. bottled 9/15/09. black with a loud, fizzy brown head. a robust chocolate roasted malt aroma with a whiff of grainy light colored booze. flavor really brings out a rich espresso flavor that lingers a long time. a good bit of toasted nuts, cookie, bready malt for balance. medium bodied and very warming...but that’s just the porter. the "aquavit" is somewhat difficult to notice except for a burning aftertaste. apparently it relies heavy on caraway seeds. there is a noticeable boozy finish to this beer that is not in any way barrel influenced. so the aquavit really doesn’t make much of an appearance. an interesting attempt but not really working. the porter by itself is good enough for me and would score much higher that way. Ernest (7814) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2017 Bottle (March 2016 batch, July 2016 bottling, 7.5% ABV).
Head is initially average sized, frothy/creamy, brown, fully lasting.
Body is non-opaque black (flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate/cocoa), with notes of medicinal ointments/oils (menthol, etc.), incense, anise, sage, moss, alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
Wow, the ABV really is all over the place with this one...10%, 9%, and now this one is 7.5%...or so it says on the label; it burns more like 9%. The aroma is too medicinal and "weird" for my liking...interesting but not alluring. Like someone squirted a bunch of ointment or some aromatherapy tincture into a stout...i.e., much like incense, it’s the sort of smell that isn’t unpleasant but doesn’t correspond with things a human would consume. Nice flavor balance and texture, though (other than the afterburn). Pinball (12307) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2010
pours dark brown, small bubbly offwhite head.
aroma of wood, bitter caramel, dark chocolate, alc can be sensed. a bit of flowery perfume, or perhaps the spices from the akevitt barrelling.
flavor is roasted stuff, caramel, wood, licorice, the akevitt shows itself as a sharp sort of spicy flavor. salty, pretty flavorfull actually. Brew is a bit too watery for my taste.
Overall a fun porter with wood, akavitt flavors (those two are quite opposing and balance or rather compete for attention). For me - too watery, too boozy, too caramelly sugary sweet (instead of a more syrupy oatmeal sort of sweetness which i prefer in dark beers). Skinnyviking (9711) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2010
Bottle. Low fluffy quickly disappearing light brown head. Black body. Coffee hops alcohol aroma. Coffee liquorice pretty mild and smooth flavor. Low carbonation. Long liquorice aftertaste. rosenbergh (11793) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 16, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2010 500 ml bottle. Batch #247. 9.0%. Finland.
Christian (13814) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2011
Black colour, no head.
Liquorice, salty liquorice, roasted malt and anise in aroma.
Alcohol, liquorice, salty liquorice, anise, wine, mild bitter hops and roasted malt in flavour. Waterish. Bit of a disappointment.
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2011 Black with a small off-white head. Aroma of licorice, chocolate and spice and herbs, with a unique alcoholic note from the spirit. Sweet licorice flavour with roasted to burned notes, a bit of chocolate and that particular akevitt flavour, spicy, alcoholic and a bit cloying. Maybe don’t plan to drink the bottle on your own... beerchugger (717) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Pours dark with a thin creamy head. Smells of spice like clove and coriander, coffee, and chocolate. Strong coffee and bitter taste with an interesting flavor to it that comes from the barrels. The coffee and chocolate are the most notable flavors to it and has a long dry finish. tfredvik (2032) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 26, 2012
Dark brown body. Very sweet aroma with liquor filled chocolate. Moderate sweet and moderate bitter taste. Close to full body, very flat carbonation. Liked this one! (These were all my notes for this my final beer for the evening. Guess it was a good thing I called it a day at this time. I’m not sure if I would even count this as a real rating…)banii (240) - Sola, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2012
[Tiny sample served from bottle by OleR @ Grünerløkka mat- og mikrobryggfestival, Oslo]
Aroma av søt mørk sjokolade, karve og lakris. Smaken er rund, med en ganske betydelig dæsj karve, vanilje og sjokolade. Noe lær. Overraskende lite brentmalt i smaken. Ganske lettdrikkelig, og en noe mildere versjon enn sin forgjenger. jcr (2763) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle. Deep brown/black body. Creamy, tan head. Aroma of wood, smoke tobacco, roasted malts, chocolate, moss. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet, moderately bitter and lightly to moderately acidic. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Green wood, tart taste along with chocolate, raspberry and citrus. Fairly boozy in the finish. Different and interesting and I enjoyed the first six ounces, but it got tiring after that.