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Ratings

The beers reviewed are rated on a scale ranging from 1 to 6 based on the following parameters:

  • Color
  • Consistency/texture
  • Fragrance
  • Elements of taste and aftertaste
  1. Disgusting (rather drink water)
  2. Poor/boring (somewhat drinkable, but nothing more than that)
  3. Ok (meets expectations)
  4. Good (above average and high quality in terms of taste)
  5. Splendid (top notch; a joy to consume every drop)
  6. Out-of-body experience (absolutely supreme taste and presentation)

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Scottland

DemocImpRedAleA «red ale» states the bottle label. However, this is brown deeming by colour and the fragrance is pointing in the direction of a somewhat fusion-like of the two. There’s that sweetness of a brown ale-aroma, but also traces of fruity hops herein- with a caramel-nutty salty twist to it. A mouthful confirms that salty, but also spiced (and hints of ripe berries) taste which in turn evolves to immensely bitter for a red ale to be towards the end. Full-bodied and lightly carbonated this blends into the aftertaste as well, rounded off with a sweet edge but a bit soap-like. Final verdict: Not balanced enough, even though the taste-elements on their own provides a decent fundament.

BREWDOG_PäiviDark, mirky yellow- on the verge to brownish colour. Pours small head which settles quickly. Nose is highly fruity- somewhat toffee/caramelish, hints of a subtle sharpness of sweet dried fruit, as dates and figs. Suits autumn and winter perfectly, contrary to all the recent summer beers that has been consumed… When it comes to taste, carbonation freshness is peek-a-boo’ing, but is gradually giving way to the immense sweet malt body. Very solid, lies steady and authentic for a good while before rounding off in a mildly hopped fruityness.

Paradox compass boxThis beverage is black in color and produces little head whilst pouring. The nose is clearly hinting towards burnt oak, resonance of delish roasted malts utilized herein. Also, the whisky is evidently showing itself, blended with outstanding coffee aromas infused with figs/deep fruityness. There’s also dark chocolate going on here. Tastewise, it is indeed a strong alcohol content pointing in the direction of Irish coffee… Much sweetness (chocolate) at first, followed by fruity impulses that gradually is overwon by bitterness from the coffee. All the while whilst the alcohol-warmth combined with a fair degree of smoke tingles the palate, associating this dark beauty with incredible whisky-based landscapes. Outstanding.

Jack HammerThis one has a great nose to it. It’s promising fruity, bitter taste with sweet toffee features and the bitter ending is good. But first & foremost, I find the beautiful colour really inviting, with lots of foam. It’s not as easy to describe right away, but after a short while, it’s there: Grapefruit. Thereafter, a second of caramel followed by an increasingly bitter taste. Swallow once more, and the bitterness grows into a powerful tasty aftertaste.

imageThis beer had been saved for an occation- a special one. As I earlier this week got some positive answers to an examn result that I’d been waiting for, it’s now time…

A deep whisky-like redbrown colour and visually very clear in appearance, it seems very «clean». Intriguingly stingy spiritus aroma, also some Scottish malt. Tastewise, the malts barely gets any attention, as it is quickly dominated by the incredibly strong spiritus taste- no wonder with the intentioned height/strenght (ABV) here. The malts are way back there, but overall the palate in on fire by now- tingling the tongue, burning the whole mouth, through all the intestines and god knows what next. Considering the predecessor was a weissbock, I’m thinking maybe scottish ale was not the best choice in candidates for this. Still- very interesting to have tried the new holder of the title.

ParadoxArranDark as night and with a very deep, fruity aroma in direction of plum. Feeling of dark berries (sweet cherries, plum) with big degree of sweetness. Hint of coffee in the back- kind of reminds a lot of Black Tokyo Horizon, with a minimal hat on top. On the palate: Mild acidity, massive sweetness. Surprisingly little traces of whisky-casks. A great deal of berry-fruitiness which is long lasting and finalized by a hint of bitterness towards the end, the fruitiness slides over in acidic bitterness. This lasts for a good while leaving only bitterness to the aftertaste.

SkullsplitterSubtle sweetish nose. wellbalanced and a bit mild intro, which works as a nice presentation of the great maltfeatures one finds in this beer. It also goes to add to a tad of bitterness during the while. Subtle features of matured fruit.
HardhøstA delicious aroma- as a matter of fact, one of the best beer-fragrances I’ve ever put my nose in. Fruity as hell. Starts with a one-of-it’s-kind fresh introduction, followed by a super-fruity and a little sweet middle. Clear references to citrusfruit as well as pineapple. Thereafter, a fine, sharp and bitter aftertaste.
DogmaNose is coffee and dates. The texture is light, and the brew in general tastes good: Mature, sweet and dephts of fruityness. A fine, dark beer which balances on the borderline between a black IPA and a light porter.

Clearly malty aroma. Soft entrance, with a light, nutty body in where malts reaches a peak. The taste does however let go a bit too sudden… Leaving you with a sense of hurry if one really wants to take the flavours of it all in, even though the beer in itself actually tastes good.

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