aenima (335) - Askim, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2014
Compact aroma of raisins, caramel, fudge and figs. The taste is similar with some traces of honey. A little sweet. Incredible beer! Ratman197 (15350) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2012
750 ml bottle courtesy of BMan1113VR (thanks Andrew) poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of carmel, dates, toffee and brown sugar. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, toffee, brown sugar and dates with a smooth dry lingering brown sugar finish. Alengrin (5718) - BELGIUM - JUL 25, 2014
Specialty ale apparently made for a Californian brew pub with a fish restaurant attached to it. Off-white, coarse, quickly dissipating head, colour a deep and pure bronze, misty. Aroma nicely and refinedly perfumed, dates, raisins, chocolate, port wine, gingerbread, candi syrup, black pepper, wodka... Taste a rounded fruity sweetness in onset, but in a ’cooked’ and ’sugared’ way (candied dates and figues, apple sauce), citrussy freshness vaguely present, then softly malty, chocolate and caramel, ginger-like spicy accents, in the finish a peppery hop bitterishness along with some warm, non-astringent alcohol. In terms of style, I would classify this as a top-fermented barley-wine interpretation of the old German Steinbier tradition, as it has apparently been caramelised with hot granite rocks.