Bananamaniac (35) - Kristinehamn, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2008
50 cl bottle shared with Ljunkan @ Bishop’s Arms - Karlstad. Impressive beer! Extreme bitterness, nutty and caramellish flavours. Excellent beer as always from Nøgne Ø. Cheers to our Norweigan friends! BelgianBeerGal (4121) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2008
50cl bottle. Pours a really dark brown for an IIPA with a huge foamy, tan head. Aroma is mostly piney hops plus some chocolate. Pleasant flavour with citrus hops, chocolate and coffee. No real hint of the 10 ABV. Really nice twist on the typical IIPA. aracauna (3633) - Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Pours a porter brown with a big booming head the color of chocolate milk foam. And odd appearance for either a barleywine or an IIPA. The aroma is more appropriate with a big hoppiness with an herbal quality almost like that of lemon basil and juniper. The flavor is a little odd, though. The Roastiness that usually accompanies a beer this dark is missing, but there is a slight burned flavor underneath the rest and something keeps make me think of lighter fluid in the finish. It’s really not as bad as I’m making it sound because those flavors almost work together. MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 16, 2008
500ml - Aroma is sharp pine resin hops with a nice dark malt back. Even a little molasses in there. Pours very dark brown with a small head and great lacing. Flavor is a hop blast followed by a nice roasted dark malt finish. Chewy molasses gives it just enough sweetness to counter the hop bitterness. Everything is in perfect balance so that you are never overwhelmed. Alcohol is present but not too strong. Palate is sticky and tart. A great tasting, different sort of DIPA. cgarvieuk (25391) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 14, 2008
Bottle at home ... Rating 2000 and it will also take me to 150th rater a nice double ... Ive looked forward to getting hold of this Thanks to Maria for this ...Deep brown black ... nice pine resin hop nose ... nice mouthfeel ... low carbination ...juicy pine hop ... little woody ... juicy and bit juicy bitter in linger ...Darke than i expecxted but really quite nice...
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Pour was dark with full tan head. Aroma was full of roasted malt. Real full body with flavors of more roasted malt, caramel, and some hops. Very smooth brew. Worth the buy. Would purchase again. Plovmand (8534) - Grindsted, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2008
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 Bottle. Pours dark brown with a huge fluffy beige head. A beauty. Dark fruits, caramel, coffee and off course american hops in the nose but also a metallic thing Im not so fund of. NOTE: At the rerate the metallic thing is gone. Might be the batch but could be that it dissapeared after 15 months in the bottle that really made this a gem. Lovely taste of cocoa beans, coffee, spices, raisins and citric fruits like grapefruit.
First rate: 7/5/8/3/15 nearbeer (5520) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 3, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2009 0.5 L. Two-finger head that lasts atop this nearly opaque, nearly chocolate brew. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, earthy orange. Flavor is the same plus lots more: resin, coffee, toasted oak, char, peppery green herb, slight peaty smoke. Heavy body is smooth, dryish and tingly. Tastes similar to Bigfoot. BW, or DIPA? Who cares? This is damn good! Update: have bought several of these half liters. Expensive, but better and better; one of my all time favorites! lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks, Mike)
Size: 16.9 fl oz
Estimated Calories:270 C
RateBeer Rating: 98
Aural: quick, painless opening, active, static carbonation, pour is smooth and quiet.
Aroma 10 out of 10
Balance: sweet and sharp
Malt Flavor: grain sweet toast nut caramel
Hops Flavor: pine earth floral herbal resin citrus
Other: pine, grapefruit, wheat
Notes: Aroma is delicious and enticing.
Appearance 5 out of 5
Clarity: quite dark, nearly opaque.
Head Retention: persistent
Notes: A beautiful angry red brown body topped by a great deep tan head.
Flavor 10 out of 10
Balance: sweet and quite bitter
Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet toast nut caramel toffee roast
Hops Flavor: earth herbal resin citrus
Other: pine, grapefruit,
Notes: The flavor is absolutely amazing.
Palate 5 out of 5
Sensation: creamy drying warming
Notes: whole mouth is affected - sweet, salty, a bit sour, very bitter, and amazingly, in this case, umami.
General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: boring ↔ excellent
Freshness: stale ↔ fresh
Personal Taste: disliked ↔ loved
Notes: The scent was of an active factory making furniture, sawdust and sweat, and smoke. The visuals were of a deep midnight under a new moon. The taste was of oak and walnut planks being sawn and tasted in the smoky air of an overheated blade. The palate is of a visitor who won’t leave, whether you wish her there or not, but luckily, you enjoy her company. It was quiet in opening and pouring like an evening springtime rain.
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This has become one of my favorite BW/IIPAs. I love the darkness of it and the great bitterness at the finish. Toffee and strong malts also come through.