nearbeer (5292) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml. Opaque dark brown, with a lasting creamy film and delicate lace all around. Aromas of raisin, toffee, light grapefruit, and earthy molasses. Flavor is the same, with a little more earthiness and wood on the finish. Medium-heavy body is smooth and well balanced. Really seems more of a Norwegian Barleywine, or Strong Ale, but very tasty nonetheless.
McNeillR (2298) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 26, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sternly IPA scent, tight brown clumsye. A real double barrell on both a fizz and fuzz palate, finished with a steely zip. Just left of centre in its field. (Draft, Brewdog, Edinburgh)
DSG (13956) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dagan’s place. Thanks Dagan. Slightly hazy deep amber color. Hoppy piney aroma with a bit of citric malt and some malt. Flavor has some fruitiness with some slightly honey-ish sweetness and a bitter hoppy finish. Medium-bodied.
Beersiveknown (5272) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby amber, lacing of head and a spicy seville marmalde nose. Very fruity up front with a lot of candied orange peel, fruity treacle and slight bitterness in finish.
Pyobon (1381) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle) Cloudy dark amber with little head. Aroma citrus and floral with some harsher notes in the background. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavour starts with plenty of sweet malt and toffee with raisins, port and a hint of orange and moves to a big finish that balances these rich flavours with some nice bitterness. Overall an excellent beer, but perhaps there is a bit of a cacophony of flavours.
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle/500ml - Pours a dark ruby-orange-brown in color with small light tan head that settled quickly to a thin covering over the top of the beer, producing some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is a heady mix of slightly sweet caramel-toffee malts with some plenty of dark fruitiness and some quite strong pine and citrus hops. Flavor is not nearly as bitter as I expected. The dark fruit along with some peaches/apricots really come on strong in the initial taste and then are beaten to the background by the pine hops. The caramel-toffee malts provide a nice, slightly sweet, balance to the strong hops. Finish is medium bitter and dry. Alcohol in flavor profile is not strong in spite of the high ABV, even for an Imperial IPA. The strong dark fruit flavors give this a bit of a twist, but I like it like it... really good!
Kriegbaum (845) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle of 50 cl. Hazy yellow-brown beer with a small off white head. Aroma of malt, ripe to over ripe fruit and a bit of grapefruit and alcohol. The flavor is medium to heavy sweet and bear the imprint of ripe fruit and a Solid hops bitterness. The high ABV is not noticeable until the bottle is empty.
Foffern (1826) - Bodø, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. 21 months old. Hazy deep amber with just a tiny off-white head that disappears at once. The floral hops are very dominant in the aroma, but also some fruity sweetness and berries. Much of the same in the mouth with hint of slightly roasted malt and alcohol. Slightly sour. A rich body with a slick and silky mouthfeel. Overall a very pleasant and well-balanced beer. The beer has a more round taste and more berries than other double IPAs that I’ve tasted, maybe because of the aging that was not on purpose.
Brenhophead (695) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow just wow this is a BIG beer. Pours a dark amber with a small white head and a big caramel/stonefruit/piney aroma. The flavour is very similar and is extremely well balanced perfect in fact. Pitty this is 10% i could drink this all day.. another amazing beer from Nogne cheers fellas.
visionthing (5237) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet (Batch 500). Pours hazy amber with a small head. Much milder than expected. I tried it fresh (still from bottle) last summer, but now much of the bitterness was gone. Still quite hoppy, but more like a fruity hop juice. Medium sweet and medium body. I save the bottle for too long, but it was still a good beer.