ClubGonzo (5668) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Pours a slightly hazy deep copper-hued amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma is complex, pungent and heavy, but very pleasant: jasmine, rose petals, peaches, vanilla, licorice, pine, apricot, hints of pineapple, herbs, wood and alcohol. Truly delicious in its strange, beckoning form. Taste definitely matches the aroma impression: loads of intertwining tastes of licorice, alcohol, vanilla, pine, rose water, peaches and hints of resin and estery pineapple and banana tones in the back. Full body, soft carbonation. A bit too alcoholic at the moment, which I suspect will be smoothed out with a bit of storage. Otherwise an absolutely fantastic sipper and a real original treat from Nøgne Ø. It’s good to see their sake adventures also seep into their beer selection. Kavu (4730) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2013
0,25l bottle from flagship Alko. Pours hazy golden with a low head. Aroma is malts and sake. Flavor is full malts, sake and hops. Awesome. KansaiBeerLvrs (5097) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 29, 2014
Bottle, served in a snifter. 13.5% Batch 741 Brewed 12/20/2011 Best Before 12/20/2016 made with a sake yeast from Nagano. Not the best looking beer, it is a drab muddy brown but in the right light looks a bit better, no head just a few isolated bubbles during the pour. Big aroma, plum, candied fruit, caramel, gingerbread, a bit woodsy, maybe some light tobacco leaf , a brandied toffee? Very complex, reminiscent of a barrel-aged barley wine. Wow, again while you have some booze in the nose and a touch of heat going down your throat it is quite subdued. This has a great flavor: sugary caramel, sweet caramel,nutty, light plums but much more of a tobacco leaf vibe than the 3rd Edition I think... more fresh tobacco leaves than dried. As it warms up that tobacco smokes start to show up - this just keeps getting more and more complex. Less fruitiness, more sugar and malts. Great chewy bready body. This is like a warm friendly hug of a beer, I wish I was having it snug by a fire rather than on a swelteringly hot summer day in Kyoto but damn this shit is good. Beerhammaren (1792) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 19, 2014
.25l bottle from Alko Arkadia Pours cloudy dark orange with low head. Aroma is dried fruits, alcohol, malts, syrup notes, caramel, flowers and some hops. Flavor is caramel, malts, syrup, nutty, some alcohol, plums, dried fruits and dark fruits. Silky palate, alcohol is well hidden. Swell! kalervo (1041) - FINLAND - MAY 11, 2015
Pyryn luona 5/2015. I enjoyed this more than the first edition, this was more complex and not too alcoholic.
ALLOVATE (3004) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2016
At cellar temperature (just to go against the grain!) and into a chalice. Cap released with nothing but silence and it settles still in the glass. Deep ruby copper body that shimmers in the lights. Weird albeit complex nose displaying deeply umami notes of soy sauce, kelp, tomato paste, char-grilled meat, sautéed enoki mushroom and oyster sauce with a prickling spice from that alcohol. A tight initial sweetness wakes up the palate; toffee and prune juice syrup up-front. Quite light in body but oily in feel with low viscosity in the swallow. Still as a glass of wine. The umami of the nose plays amazingly well here but it is matched by bitter charred tea leaves and bonfire ash which lingers long between each slow sip. Soy and oyster sauce and heavily reduced tomato paste come through strong but without the salty tang. A little earth, dust and wood builds late. The alcohol aides in giving it spice and a little warmth. A very unusual brew that edges a realm not seen in many ales. It is undoubtedly fuelled by the number 7 sake yeast giving it wonderful complexity and strange nuances. I liked it. A unique experience!!! (25cL, Batch #07819, brewed 20/12/11, BB 20/12/16) Lowenbrau (4135) - Asturias, SPAIN - MAY 3, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2014 25cl bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo. 04-05-2014.martjoobolut (4229) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 24, 2015
Shared with Teddybeer.
In short: a strong sweet ale.
Pours hazy mahogany-copper, with little light tan head.Short head retention, some lacing. Malty, caramel, liquorice and liquor aromas. Medium body, soft carbonation, oily texture. Taste is sweet, malty, caramel, liquor, some subtle sour flavours, but sweetness dominated. Very smooth, balanced and pleasant.
0,25L bottle (from bierkompass.de). Pours red amber with beige head. The head doesn’t stay. Aroma is sweet, caramel, malt, fruits, some alcohol, some sake notes. Flavor is very sweet, malt, caramel, fruits. Overall: great brew. Florya (2023) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2016
How : bottle Appearance : almost clear deep red with a small off-white head. Aroma : cherries, grapes, beets, nuts, caramel, vanilla and madeira. Palate : full body, soft carbonation. Mesjasz (1511) - Lodz, POLAND - MAR 4, 2016
Bottle in Tin can, tasted almost three years ago. Very intense and oily beer.