Taverner (1103) - San Ramon, California, USA - MAY 16, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2008 Amazing! The bottle said BW, and when I poured it, it looked like a BW. But when I smelled and drank it, it was a roasty Double IPA. A very good one at that. Pours dark with minimal brown to tan head that receded quickly. There’s a little caramel malt there, but the flavor is all hpps. Very resinous, piney hops take front stage, while the citrus types take a backseat - but they’re there! Very good, and yet very different than the American styled ones. Hard to say why - could be because they bring out the hops without going too far. Notes of pine, grapefruit and even smoke. ON SECOND ANALYSIS: Damn this good! Aggressive pour gave me fluffy clouds of head, and the flavor is so piney, yet smokey. Viper666 (3290) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2008
Bouteille 500ml, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur brune-rouge assez foncée et légèrement voilée. Nez malté de caramel sucré et moyennement rôti, de houblon citrique (pamplemousse), légèrement herbeux, résineux, floral et aux notes terreuses, moyen de chocolat et de fruits (raisins aux petites notes vineuses, léger de cerises, notes d’agrumes et d’abricots) et de vanille avec des notes d’alcool. Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture riche, crémeuse et aux notes résineuses et huileuses. Goût fruité (raisins, léger de cerises, notes de dates, d’agrumes et traces d’abricots) accompagné dun goût amer de houblon citrique (pamplemousse), moyennement floral et légèrement résineux (une amertume présente toute la gorgée) ainsi qu’un léger goût de vanille lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de malt très rôti (légèrement brûlé), moyen de chocolat noir, léger de caramel sucré et avec des notes de biscuits, de pain grillé et de blé. Parallèlement l’on retrouve un moyen-léger goût d’alcool aux notes réchauffantes ainsi qu’un léger goût de fumée de bois jusqu’en finale, où l’on assiste à un regain d’amertume plus asséchante de houblon plus herbeux, légèrement plus résineux et aux petites notes terreuses ainsi que des traces de noix et d’épices (poivre). Post-goût long et moyennement sec, assez amer de houblon citrique, résineux et herbeux, de rôti-brûlé, moyen de chocolat et d’alcool ainsi qu’un léger goût fruité (zest d’agrumes, léger moût de raisins) et des notes fumées. awaisanen (1310) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2008
From a 500mL Bottle. Pours a mostly transparent, garnet tinged cedar bark brown color with a thick layer
of well sustaining, fine bubbled, light mocha head. Bold citrusy hop aromas. Beneath the hop shroud, some cocoa
and biscuity malts slowly emerge. Hints of caramel, vanilla, and sticky grain sugar complexities try to come out,
but are overwhelmed by the hops. Moderate alcohol presence in the nose. Medium full bodied, creamy
carbonated mouthfeel with a moderately sticky texture. Moderately sweet caramel, cocoa, and light raisin bread malt
flavors up front, but these are overwhelmed by a heavy, pithy, grapefruit rind hop bitterness. The beer has
definitely improved a bit with age; fresh, the hops were so overwhelming the malt was barely noticeable. Now, the
hop flavors have retreated, allowing an apparently rich malt body to come through, but the perceived bitterness is
still too pithy and strong to make this feature stand out, and has also started to develop a bit of a scratchy flavor.
Molasses glazed pumpernickel bread, but then, more hops get in the way. I desperately want to try this beer with
a different hop schedule and see what it tastes like because it indicates near amazing. Skillwise, the carbonation, texture, color, and mouthfeel are perfect, a testament to some truly talented brewers. Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of hops, caramel, and sour citrus fruit. Good texture. Taste is malty and hoppy with some alcohol on the finish. The flavor of this one just didnt do it for me. First Nogne I’ve been disappointed by. DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Pours a very dark brown with a tall and extremely creamy tan head. Aroma is a mix between malty sweetness and overpowering hops, caramel, chocolate, alcohol, and wheat. Wheat gives it an unbelievably creamy texture. Taste represents a strong beer. The caramel malts and chocolate flavor overwhelm the hop finish which really just ends up being a slightly dry and earthy alcohol taste which heats up as it lingers.
beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Tasted at the April Northern California Beer Tasting. This Imperial IPA pours a deep amber brown color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel and malt, with a fairly pronounced citrusy hop finish. A medium bodied 2xIPA. The malts are caramel and sweet. The hops are grapefruity and citrusy. Hey, it’s a west coast IPA… what do you mean its from Norway? Well, it’s not quite that hoppy, but you get the idea. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Bragesnak (5393) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 30, 2008
From Superbrugsen, Aarhus, DK.
Very bitter hopped with grape fruit flavor. Alcohol is balanced to sweetness raphael (1303) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2008
A unique & well-made beer. Aroma of bitter hops, bubble gum & chocolate. Darkest brown with perfect dark tan head that last a good while. clean & aromatic in the mouth. flavors of sour cherry, caramel, a bass bitterness bridging the citrus & reiny, strong alochol flavor, a little sourness. very bitter finish with a little sticky lips. stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2008
Bottle sampled with Mad_Indian. Pours brown with amber edges and a large tan head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, black malt, and piney hops. The flavor is sweet upfront, caramel, fruit, and a piney bitter finish. Good body, exceptional brew. theisti (4237) - Kansas, USA - APR 22, 2008
500 ml bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, Washington. Pour is murky brown with some ruby highlights. The head is tan and quite big and fluffy (3 inches). Nice settling. Some very nice lacing is left behind on the glass. Aroma of sweet ripe fruit malt and pine hoppiness. There is also a dusty earthiness present. Taste is nice, the sweetness is more rounded and the pine hoppiness is quite bright with a nice resin freshness to it. The resin turns to a bit of burnt wood in the finish as it warms. The heat is fairly well masked. This reminds me a lot of a fresh "West Coast" Barley Wine or even Stone’s 11th Anniversary. I realize Nøgne made a Double IPA here, but the taste reminds me of that. Nice medium full body. Overall, a nice beer.