visionthing (5128) - Tallinn, - FEB 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle from Varnaveien mineralvann. Pours very dark, almost black, with a tan head. Roasty aroma with chocolate, dark fruits, malt and hints of coffee, vanilla and wooden smoke. Medium body. Medium sweet with a lightly dry and spicy finish. Well balanced and enjoyable.
Holmen2 (3449) - NORWAY - JUL 31, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with TO on board Baluba in Egersund 31.07.16. Almost ebony. Very huge, and persistent, brown head and lacing. Fine aroma, with roaste malt and toffe. Roasted malt, dark toffee and coffee in taste. Quite dry. Refreshing and tasteful!
Holmen1 (5575) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAY 30, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaske, delt med Willy på brygga: nesten helt svart med mørkerødt skjær. Kort skum. Mørkbrent kaffe, aske, (over)modne solbær og et hint av lakris helt mot slutten. Saftig anslag og tørr avslutning. Behagelig bitterhet i ettersmaken.
mariuszek (1294) - Gdynia, POLAND - SEP 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brow, rich and lasting beige head, good lacing. Chocolate, coffee,dried fruits, roasted malt and liquorice in aroma. Fruity sweet taste, medium body, sour and bitter roasty finish.
asimeow (267) - Sandsli, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0,5l bottle. Black with caramel head. Lovely stout/porter aroma. Sweet licorice. Mouth watering. Flavour is slightly burns, but primarily oily, sweet licorice. Very good.
DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from...Rimi Bergen or Voss Vinmonopolet. Deep mahogany approaching pitch with a fat cappuccino mousse. Impressive fresh squished blackberry, blackcurrant and distant ashtray aroma. Deeply juicy flavour, again awash with red/black berry fruit. mildly soapy, citrus-hinting cafetiere dregs finish clinging with roast. Blueberries in bitter chocolate and the citrus of coffee beans. Slick, mildly fizzing condition. Really quite beautiful.
metalspice (873) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nesten helt svart med høyt lysbrunt skum. Sterk aroma med røstet kaffe sammen med sterke fruktige nyanser. Smaker kaffe sammen med noen treaktige toner. Bitter grapefrukt mot slutten. Litt vannaktig munnfølelse.
Florya (1996) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
How: Bottle Appearance: dark brown, tan head. Aroma: cocoa, thin coffee, dark syrup Palate : medium to light body, low carbonation.
fellebag (1447) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle 50cl. Medium light brown head. Dark brown color. Aroma is roasted malt, licorice, almonds. Hint of plastic. Taste is dust, leather and plastic again.
ABS (1012) - Stokke, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Close to black body. Good amount of light brown head. Thin body. Low carbonation. Quite bitter. Some coffee, dark chocolate flavour.
tfredvik (1884) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep copper body with a quite large, creamy, long-lived, tan head that leaves a good amount of foam on the glass. Rather strong aroma of slightly burnt malt, coffee, ash and fruits. Nothing special here, but the flavour is much more interesting. It starts out as expected with dark roasted notes, ash and coffee, but then lots of lovely hoppy notes pops up in the finish: I get tropical fruits, grapefruit and pine. It’s far away from a BIPA, but it’s definitely hoppier than many porters. And also more ashy and less chocolatey than many beers of this style. The taste is light sweet and the long-lasting (surprisingly hoppy) finish is moderate to light bitter. Mid-bodied, dry on the palate, moderate carbonation. Brilliant!
[50 cl bottle, batch 23, enjoyed 2 months before BB date, from Meny Alna, Oslo]