fiulijn (21558) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 29, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2013 daniele (10150) - ITALY - APR 27, 2009
2013-02-12, bottle, batch 08012 (bottled 29/12/2008), 4 years old, 8% ABV, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Black color with small but creamy head. Very interesting aroma, of fruity hops and spicy yeast, with tones of cheese rind (toma/tomme). The mouthfeel is soft, somehow round, but quite lean too; good flavor of dark caramel, with loads of nice hop resins, but reduced bitterness; it still has a nice fruity touch; some light roastiness and liquorice in the final, and light alcohol presence.
Clearly aged, but it develops a nice alternative.
2010-08-28, bottle, batch 08012, 2 years old, 8-5-7-3-16=39
The color is now very dark, between dark brown and black; it has a small creamy head. Good aroma of caramel and roasted malts, some hop resins and an evident cheesy touch. Good body, round; good caramel flavor, with limited residual sweetness; the bitterness is fading, there is still some resins and hop aromas, but complemented by a rising touch of liquorice. Still a good and solid beer, even if the signs of age are evident.
2009-11-30, bottle, batch 08012, 1 year old, 8-5-8-5-17=43
Hazy mahogany color; creamy head. The aroma is wonderful, with mild resiny and fruity hops, very persistent. It has a caramel flavor, some sweetness, strong body; light liquorice (probably a sign of age); most of all, it has a very interesting spice profile (ginger, coriander, pepper, …). With the ageing it lost some freshness (the flavor bur not the aroma), but it has more complexity. Excellent
2009-03-22, draught at IBF 2009, Milan, 8-5-8-5-16=42
Hazy dark amber color; medium head. Very good aroma, mix of caramel and fruity hop. Strong body, strong caramel flavor, good hopping, not extreme but well aromatic, with good sweetness, and some resins.
2009-03-21, bottle at IBF 2009, Milan, 8-4-8-4-17=41
Hazy red-mahogany color, small head. Strong hopping, fruity, a bit resiny, fresh. Good caramel flavor, sweet, liquor.
scura buona schiuma piuttosto persistente al naso subito luppoli invitante poi si avvertono le note maltate caramello in bocca buon corpo il luppolo lo fa da padrone quasi balsamico ma l’apporto maltato non la fa sentire così amara per gli amanti del luppolo Embrouille (2854) - SWITZERLAND - APR 14, 2009
Red berries and a huge amount of hops in the nose. Full bodied, complex. Strong bitterness. Deeply pleasant. Bov (13553) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 12, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2009 re-rated 11/2009, courtesy of Laurent Mousson - dark amber-brown colour with a quite elusive beige foam; aroma of rose hip, resiney and piney hoppiness; quite creamy mouthfeel and full-bodied with a solid bitterness; long finish of peanut butter and piney hops
LordCorkscrew (1769) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - NOV 3, 2008
courtesy of fiulijn (04/2009) - hazy dark brown colour with a chaotic beige foam; powerful nose, aroma of blackcurrant, apples and solvant; sticky and full-bodied, very sweet in the front with a solid bitterness; malty and robustly hoppy fruity aftertaste - very interesting but probably too young (4/7/8/4/15)
Massacrante IPA stra-amara che Cinghio mi fece assaggiare mesi fa; che volete che vi dica, noi scoreggioni amiamo aggiungere birre anche se poi non si sa bene se il mondo va dritto o storto. Grazie Cinghio; la rifarai al Toccalmatto? Se la fai sei matto.