OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 11, 2009
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, Oslo. A low yellowish head over a slightly hazed, mahogny colored body. Heavy vinoeus sweetness to the nose; plum marmelade, marzipan, dark dried fruits and lightly spiced dark malts. A sweet, Port-like flavor with dark fruits and dark malts. Modest hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and kind of creamy. Full body due the big amount of residual sugers. Sweet malty and mouthwarming finish with a faint bitterness.
2007 bottle that I’ve had in my fridge seemingly forever. Murky caramel color. Pretty good, not blowing me away or anything. Not crushingly bitter like a lot of these, which is good. Getting better and sweeter as it warms up. I’ll still take Bigfoot. ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Lots of alcohol. Some chocolate and moderatley hoppy. Opaque copper color, like an old penny. Not much head.
Sweet with a finish like bourbon. madmitch76 (25009) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
7th July 2008. Dark brown clear beer. Very strongly flavoured. Brandy and port tones. Quite effervescent. Dry spirity finish. No bitterness. Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 15, 2009
A 2008 bottle. Poured clear and copper, not all that dark. A short ring of white bubbles. No lacing. The aroma was caramel, fruit and booze. Almost medicinal. The flavor tasted like a caramel apple dipped in vodka. Medium bodied but almost oily. Wasn’t as good as I had hoped.
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Pours murky dark amber. Aroma- roasted malts, yeast, sugar. Taste- good baleywine flavor, a bit better than average. matthewjk (1104) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 10, 2010
2010 Vintage / 12 oz bottle - I’m not overly impressed with this well-rated ale. It is a little too sweet, and has a certain bitter aftertaste that lingers in the mouth. I remember trying last year’s ale and liking it, but not rating it. Maybe I’m being a little to harsh, but I can’t justify a higher rating right now. Rune (12991) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2010
355ml bottle, vintage 2009, bb. Dec. 2019, cellared for some time after I brought it back home for Systembolaget in Linköping September last year. Offered some drinking enjoyment to the soccer match between Germany and Spain on TV. Poured a dense, off-white head with good duration atop of a deep, ruby coloured body. Rather subdued aroma of dark, dried fruits along with malts and herbal dryness. Vapour of alcohol, too. Dry, slightly roasted, malts in flavour plus dried fruits, like apricot, and with suggestion of liquorice. A real alcohol punch on the palate. Full bodied. Likable, but too much on the sweet side. The alcohol is also a bit disturbing. Should perhaps have left the bottle in the cellar for a longer time span (Tromsø, 07.07.2010). mbgrayson (780) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - MAR 26, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2014 2010 and 2013 vintages. Pours a cloudy dark orange, with a thin tannish white head. Aroma is weakly of malt and dark fruits. Taste is richer and lingers well, dark fruits and alcohol. Tasty with a kick. Overall, a thumbs up. Both vintages are very similar. radioscooter (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2011
No knowledge of this one, just bought it on a whim at VE.
Poured into a pint glass. Medium pour achieves a thick, one finger head that dissipates rather quickly leaving drapey lacing behind. Medium reddish amber.
Smell is unimpressive. Musty, formaldehydish.
Taste. First sip is nothing but sweet booze and caramel. Malty goodness. Hints of vanilla, toffee, burnt sugar etc. VERY boozy. Hot and spicy, with a peppery finish. Great example of the style from an American brewery no less.
SIPPER. Take heed.
This one should be laid down for a few years to lose the extreme spikes and blend into something much more balanced.
I bet this one turns out to be a star in a few years.