mjs (6831) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle, Batch 360, on 2008-10-04) Deep dark brown. Hazy. Big almost white head. Grassy and hoppy nose with some malty notes. Full bodied palate with quite lot of carbonation. Malts, grass, bitterness, salty liquorice, salty flavours in general and some chocolate. Long lasting bitter and malty aftertaste.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Hellbilly for this one. Dark brown pour with khaki head and thick drippy lace. Floral pine hop aroma combined with alcohol. Complex flavor chocolate malts, hops, and dark fruit. well balanced and alcohol is extremely well masked
Fin (10042) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2008
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2008 Picked this up at Suprbrugsen Supermarket, Skagen, Denmark had this outside Frank (Camper) at Radjberg Mile campsite near Skagen 19-09-08 Pours very dark brown in fact almost black, its really quite dark brown, off white head completes that particular picture. What an incredible dark, hoppy, creamy fandabidozzie beer ’cwm by ar my lord this stuff is bloody marvellous’ deliciously sweet, warming and very moreish, marvellous, bloody marvellous Many moons ago I recall an audio football commentary where Norway had beaten the mighty England ’chuckle’ the commentator had gone into overdrive, ’Maggie Thatcher your boys took a helluva beating’ ranted the delirious commentator. It really was quite a fantastic piece of commentary as the commentator brought up all manner of names to thrown at the crestfallen English giants. Well for some bizarre reason this beer reminds me of that commentary, I haven’t got a clue why it just seems like Nognes sticking their fingers up to the rest of the European producers and saying beat that, it really is quite a fantastic beer.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber courtesy of GMCC2181. Pours a muddy brown with a 2 finger billowy head and nice delicate lacing. Nose is light floral and pine hops and sweet caramel malt. Taste is dark fruits and caramel upfront with a nice bitter resin finish. The label says barley wine while it’s listed as an IIPA here. It’s almost a cross between the two. Nice full mouth feel. Hides the alcohol well. Interesting brew and very good. Thanks G-Spice!
vonsolms (38) - Måløv, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An imperial IPA in the true sense. Rather dark compared to the similar American verions, but completely fulfils what an IIPA should be - bitter and strong and balanced in the two. At 10% it should taste much stronger, but somehow manages to maintain a smoothness that is disturbingly deceptive. These guys are getting it right.
jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours super dark. Bits of lights at the edge, but overall a really dark thick drink. Tan head that nicely laces as it goes down. Wow. Thick huge roasted flavors in this one.The nose picks up much more lighter notes of hops, floral, etc. The flavor is really malt, caramel, oats, coffee, everything dark and good. The palate is great. Not overly sticky or sweet with some of these beers, which usually makes more than three sips impossible. Clean easy to drink. Highly enjoyable and recommended.
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1120) - FINLAND - SEP 16, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2009 Bottle. Cloudy dark brown colour with a foamy tan head. Aroma is fruity, lemon, some aromatic hops. Hoppy flavour with lots of fruits, lemon, grapefruit and malt. Very long hoppy bitter finish. Well-balanced, medium to full-bodied.
begbie100 (181) - Oulu, FINLAND - SEP 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle, served @ 14c. 27.03.08 batch. 100th review with #100 beer :-). White, thick foamy head. Dirty muddy water colored with white small (yeast?) bits floating around. Maybe I wasn’t careful enough when handling this bottle. Distinguish spicy aroma.. absinth (fresh herb, not booze),with dried apricots. Decent semi-thick and oily palate. Also flavour is herbish and rich with lots of tones. Pleasantly bitter end. I might be a little bit too newbie for this beer.
Drake (13171) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 mL bottle carted up from Georgia for me courtesy cdumler. Thanks! I’m with dmac... I was saving this for a tasting, but when I read about the labeling snafu, it took on a new sense of urgency. Oh well. Reddish brown pour with a stubborn rocky off-white head. Go away, dammit! Very hoppy aroma, almost acidic, with floral and citrus notes. Rich, malty taste with chocolate notes and a big hop presence. Citrus, resin, pine and such. Full bodied. Alcohol hidden well. Very minor oxidation notes.
dmac (5905) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ok first off screw Nogne O, pretend those little slashes are going through the Os, for not properly labeling the bottle. If I knew this was an IIPA I a. would have drank this many many months ago b. drank it in a different glass and c. stored it in the fridge. Either way this beer turned out very enjoyable but by no means is this a barley wine. Pours a super dark brown, especially for an IIPA, with a large foamy/creamy beige head that leaves lace on top of lace and has the lasting power of a pron star shot in the money maker with a combination of viagra and noivcanne. The aroma on this one is very weak but upon lots of warming some pineapple citrus hops come out along with a bit of caramel. Palate on this one is absolute prefection, super creamy full bodied with only the lightest touches of carbonation dancing on the back of my throat, no not like that you sick bastards, no trace of the 10% ABV that this monster hides and a strong bitter finish from the hops. The flavor is much like the aroma and rather weak. The flavor that does show up for the party is slight caramel malts and pineapple citrus hops. I would have drank this beer so long ago if I knew it was an IIPA but I really just blown away by the fantastic creamy head and palate. Anyone who thought the 10% ABV was obvious or to strong must have been high.