The first ever official BeerNorway beer tasting – The aftermath

The previous Saturday I held the first ever official BeerNorway tasting in BeerNorways HQ (read: my house). We were pretty lucky with the awesome weather we had, so we were able to enjoy most of the beer out in the sun. Read on for the scores all the different beers got.

Beers

This post won’t include reviews of all the beers, but the scores the beers got from the 5 people attending (on a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being the best). Unless noted otherwise the beers in question was tasted by all five of us. I also managed to forget to take a picture of some of the beers. But anyways, here goes:

Deus Brut des FlandresBrouwerij Bosteels Deus Brut des Flandres 2009

Aroma: 6, 4, 7, 6, 6 = 5.8
Flavor: 6, 5, 7, 7, 6 = 6.2
Overall: 7, 5, 7, 7, 6 = 6.4


St. Sylvestre Bière NouvelleSt. Sylvestre Bière Nouvelle

Aroma: 5, 4, 4, 7, 7 = 5.4
Flavor: 6, 6, 4, 8, 6 = 6
Overall: 6, 5, 4, 8, 6 = 5.8


Brooklyn Brewery Sorachi AceBrooklyn Brewery Sorachi Ace

Aroma: 7, 4, 6, 8, 5 = 6
Flavor: 7, 6, 4, 8, 5 = 6
Overall: 7, 5, 5, 8, 6 = 6.2


BrewDog Punk IPABrewDog Punk IPA (new recipe)

Aroma: 7, 7, 8, 8, 7 = 7.4
Flavor: 7, 7, 7, 9, 8 = 7.6
Overall: 7, 7, 7, 9, 8 = 7.6

Beer review: BrewDog Punk IPA (in a can)


SKA Brewing Modus Hoperandi IPASKA Modus Hoperandi IPA

Aroma: 6, 7, 7, 9, 9 = 7.6
Flavor: 7, 6, 6, 10, 8 = 7.4
Overall: 6, 7, 7, 10, 8 = 7.6


Epic Armageddon IPAEpic Armageddon IPA (6.66% !!)

Aroma: 6, 7, 6, 9, 8 = 7.2
Flavor: 6, 6, 6, 9, 9 = 7.2
Overall: 7, 7, 6, 9, 9 = 7.6


OriginAle Darwinian IPADjævlebryg OriginAle Darwinian IPA

Aroma: 5, 5, 3, 10, 7 = 6
Flavor: 5, 3, 3, 10, 8 = 5.8
Overall: 5, 4, 3, 10, 8 = 6


BrewDog IPA is DeadBrewDog IPA is Dead Bramling X

Aroma: 4, 4, 3, 8, 7 = 5.2
Flavor: 5, 4, 3, 9, 6 = 5.4
Overall: 5, 4, 3, 9, 7 = 5.6

BrewDog IPA is Dead Nelson Sauvin

Aroma: 6, 7, 5, 8, 6 = 6.4
Flavor: 6, 7, 6, 8, 5 = 6.4
Overall: 6, 7, 5, 8, 6 = 6.4

BrewDog IPA is Dead Sorachi Ace

Aroma: 6, 6, 7, 9, 7 = 7
Flavor: 7, 8, 8, 9, 8 = 8
Overall: 7, 7, 7, 9, 7 = 7.4

BrewDog IPA is Dead Citra

Aroma: 7, 8, 9, 9, 8 = 8.2
Flavor: 7, 9, 9, 10, 8 = 8.6
Overall: 8, 8, 9, 10, 8 = 8.6

Beer review: BrewDog IPA is Dead (Mixed 4-pack)


BrewDog Hardcore IPABrewDog Hardcore IPA

Aroma: 7, 7, 6, 9, 9 = 7.6
Flavor: 7, 7, 7, 10, 8 = 7.8
Overall: 7, 7, 6, 10, 8 = 7.6

Beer review: BrewDog Hardcore IPA


BrewDog Hello, my name is IngridBrewDog Hello, My Name is Ingrid

Aroma: 8, 8, 7, 9, 9 = 8.2
Flavor: 9, 9, 10, 10, 10 = 9.6
Overall: 9, 8, 8, 10, 10 = 9

Beer review: BrewDog Hello My Name is Ingrid


BrewDog/Mikkeller I hardcore youBrewDog/Mikkeller I Hardcore You

Aroma: 8, 7, 7, 9, 9 = 8
Flavor: 9, 7, 8, 10, 9 = 8.6
Overall: 9, 7, 7, 10, 9 = 8.4


Avery duganAAvery duganA

Aroma: 7, 6, 7, 9 = 7.3
Flavor: 8, 8, 6, 9 = 7.8
Overall: 8, 7, 6, 9 = 7.5


Oppigårds Bryggeri Drakens DIPAOppigårds Drakens DIPA

Aroma: 9, 8, 8, 10, 10 = 9
Flavor: 10, 9, 10, 10, 10 = 9.8
Overall: 9, 8, 9, 10, 10 = 9.2


Evil Twin Yin

Only three of us had this beer.

Aroma: 7, 7, 7 = 7
Flavor: 8, 7, 7 = 7.3
Overall: 8, 7, 7 = 7.3


Evil Twin Yang

Only three of us had this beer.

Aroma: 6, 8, 7 = 7
Flavor: 7, 7, 8 = 7.3
Overall: 7, 7, 8 = 7.3


Evil Twin Yin + Yang

Only three of us had this beer. We mixed the beer 50/50 with Yin and Yang.

Aroma: 6, 5, 7 = 6
Flavor: 6, 6, 7 = 6.3
Overall: 5, 6, 7 = 6


3 Fonteinen Doesjel3 Fonteinen Doesjel

Aroma: 7, 1, 2, 4, 7 = 4.2
Flavor: 8, 1, 3, 4, 8 = 4.8
Overall: 8, 1, 2, 4, 8 = 4.6


Three Floyds Robert The BruceThree Floyds Robert The Bruce

Aroma: 7, 4, 5, 8, 8 = 6.4
Flavor: 8, 8, 7, 8, 7 = 7.6
Overall: 9, 6, 6, 8, 7 = 7.2

Beer review: Three Floyds Robert the Bruce


Avery SalvationAvery Salvation

Aroma: 6, 7, 5, 8, 7 = 6.6
Flavor: 6, 7, 4, 9, 7 = 6.6
Overall: 7, 7, 4, 8, 7 = 6.6


Cigar City Bolita Brown Double Nut Brown AleCigar City Bolita Brown Double Nut Brown Ale

Aroma: 6, 5, 7, 6, 6 = 6
Flavor: 8, 8, 7, 7, 6 = 7.2
Overall: 7, 7, 7, 7, 6 = 6.8


BrewDog/Stone Brewing Bashah Highland Park Black Raspberry Reserve 2009BrewDog/Stone Bashah Highland Park Black Raspberry Reserve 2009

Aroma: 8, 6, 8, 8, 7 = 7.4
Flavor: 7, 2, 6, 8, 6 = 5.8
Overall: 8, 4, 7, 8, 6 = 6.6


Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale

Aroma: 7, 7, 9, 8, 9 = 8
Flavor: 8, 9, 10, 9, 8 = 8.8
Overall: 8, 8, 9, 8, 8 = 8.2


Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Our Brewers ReserveSierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Our Brewers Reserve

Aroma: 8, 7, 7, 8, 8 = 7.6
Flavor: 8, 8, 7, 9, 9 = 8.2
Overall: 9, 7, 7, 9, 8 = 8


Nøgne Ø Andhrimnir Barley WineNøgne Ø Andhrimnir Barley Wine

Aroma: 8, 8, 8, 8, 8 = 8
Flavor: 8, 8, 8, 8, 9 = 8.2
Overall: 9, 8, 8, 8, 9 = 8.4

Beer review: Nøgne Ø Andhrimnir Barley Wine


Sierra Nevada Bigfoot 2011Sierra Nevada Bigfoot 2011

Aroma: 7, 6, 6, 8, 8 = 7
Flavor: 8, 7, 8, 8, 9 = 8
Overall: 8, 7, 7, 9, 9 = 8


Amager/Mikkeller Kølle

Aroma: 7, 5, 8, 7, 8 = 7
Flavor: 8, 8, 6, 8, 8 = 7.6
Overall: 8, 6, 7, 8, 8 = 7.4


BrewDog/Three Floyds Bitch PleaseBrewDog/Three Floyds Bitch Please

One of us skipped this beer.

Aroma: 9, 8, 7, 7 = 7.8
Flavor: 7, 9, 8, 6 = 7.5
Overall: 7, 9, 8, 6 = 7.5

Beer review: BrewDog/Three Floyds Bitch Please


Uinta Crooked Line Cockeyed CooperUinta Crooked Line Cockeyed Cooper

Aroma: 8, 6, 7, 7, 8 = 7.2
Flavor: 7, 6, 8, 8, 8 = 7.4
Overall: 8, 6, 8, 8, 8 = 7.6


BrewDog/Mikkeller Devine Rebel 2010BrewDog/Mikkeller Devine Rebel 2010

Aroma: 8, 7, 6, 9, 6 = 7.2
Flavor: 8, 8, 6, 8, 6 = 7.2
Overall: 8, 7, 6, 9, 7 = 7.4


BrewDog/Mikkeller Devine Rebel Mortlach Reserve 2008BrewDog/Mikkeller Devine Rebel Mortlach Reserve 2008

Aroma: 8, 7, 9, 8, 10 = 8.4
Flavor: 9, 9, 8, 8, 9 = 8.6
Overall: 8, 8, 8, 9, 9 = 8.4


Verhaeghe Duchesse De BourgogneVerhaeghe Duchesse De Bourgogne

Aroma: 8, 1, 7, 7, 10 = 6.6
Flavor: 8, 5, 8, 8, 10 = 7.8
Overall: 9, 3, 7, 7, 10 = 7.2


Panil Barriquée (Sour)Panil Barriquée (Sour)

One of us skipped this beer.

Aroma: 8, 1, 4, 7 = 5
Flavor: 9, 1, 5, 8 = 5.8
Overall: 9, 1, 4, 8 = 5.5


Hornbeer The Fundamental BlackhornHornbeer The Fundamental Blackhorn

Aroma: 7, 6, 8, 8, 9 = 7.6
Flavor: 9, 8, 8, 8, 8 = 8.2
Overall: 8, 7, 8, 8, 7 = 7.6


Harviestoun Old Engine Oil PorterHarviestoun Old Engine Oil Porter

Aroma: 8, 8, 7, 6, 8 = 7.4
Flavor: 5, 7, 6, 6, 6 = 6
Overall: 6, 7, 6, 6, 6 = 6.2


Harviestoun Ola Dubh, 16 year oldHarviestoun Ola Dubh, 16 year old

Aroma: 7, 6, 6, 6, 8 = 6.6
Flavor: 6, 6, 6, 6, 7 = 6.2
Overall: 6, 6, 6, 6, 6 = 6


Harviestoun Ola Dubh, 18 year oldHarviestoun Ola Dubh, 18 year old

Aroma: 8, 7, 5, 6, 7 = 6.6
Flavor: 7, 5, 5, 6, 5 = 5.6
Overall: 7, 6, 5, 6, 6 = 6


Harviestoun Ola Dubh, 30 year oldHarviestoun Ola Dubh, 30 year old

Aroma: 7, 5, 4, 6, 7 = 5.8
Flavor: 7, 5, 4, 6, 7 = 5.8
Overall: 7, 5, 4, 6, 7 = 5.8


Harviestoun Ola Dubh, 40 year oldHarviestoun Ola Dubh, 40 year old

Aroma: 8, 5, 3, 7, 5 = 5.6
Flavor: 9, 5, 3, 7, 5 = 5.8
Overall: 8, 5, 3, 7, 6 = 5.8


Nøgne Ø Sweet Horizon

Aroma: 8, 8, 9, 10, 10 = 9
Flavor: 7, 10, 10, 10, 8 = 9
Overall: 7, 10, 9, 10, 9 = 9


Uinta Crooked Line Labyrinth Black AleUinta Crooked Line Labyrinth Black Ale

Aroma: 6, 5, 7, 7, 8 = 6.6
Flavor: 8, 6, 6, 8, 8 = 7.2
Overall: 7, 6, 6, 8, 8 = 7


Evil Twin Soft DookieEvil Twin Soft Dookie

Aroma: 7, 6, 6, 8, 6 = 6.6
Flavor: 8, 7, 7, 9, 7 = 7.6
Overall: 8, 7, 6, 9, 6 = 7.2


Brouwerij de Molen RasputinBrouwerij de Molen Rasputin

Aroma: 7, 6, 7, 8, 9 = 7.4
Flavor: 8, 6, 6, 8, 10 = 7.6
Overall: 8, 6, 6, 8, 10 = 7.6


Ægir Lynchburg Natt
Aroma: 9, 7, 8, 10, 10 = 8.8
Flavor: 8, 7, 8, 10, 9 = 8.4
Overall: 9, 7, 8, 10, 7 = 8.2


Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged YetiGreat Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti

One of us skipped this beer.

Aroma: 9, 7, 10, 8 = 8.5
Flavor: 9, 8, 10, 9 = 9
Overall: 9, 7, 10, 9 = 8.8


The above scores leaves us with the following top three beers based on aroma, flavor and an overall score:

Aroma
Oppigårds Drakens DIPA (9), Nøgne Ø Sweet Horizon (9), Ægir Lynchburg Natt (8.8)

Flavor
Oppigårds Drakens DIPA (9.8), BrewDog Hello, my name is Ingrid (9.6), Nøgne Ø Sweet Horizon (9), Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti (9)

Overall
Oppigårds Drakens DIPA (9.2), BrewDog Hello, my name is Ingrid (9.2), Nøgne Ø Sweet Horizon (9)

And there you have it folks. Oppigårds Drakens DIPA is evidently the beer of the evening with the first place in all three categories. This beer is the next one on my review list as well.

I’m lucky enough to have a bottle or two (or more) left of most of the beers we have tasted, so you might expect regular reviews of some of them later. If there is any beer in particular you are interested in seeing a review of with food pairing tips and so forth, just leave a comment and I’ll put it up on my list.

This was the first of many tastings. I’m not sure if I’ll include as many beers in one tasting again, but rather concentrate on perhaps a couple of different styles. Stay tuned for more beery action!

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9 Responses to The first ever official BeerNorway beer tasting – The aftermath

  1. Beer-naise says:

    I guess your taste buds took a beating after all them beers?!

  2. christer says:

    You could say so. :) But it was worth it!

  3. Not to many of these that are available in Norway :(

    Quite a selection! Bet it was a very nice evening/day!

    Let me know when the second official test will be. I`ll bring some bacon :)

  4. christer says:

    @Humle of malt: Not to many of these? Are you referring to one of the beers we had, or just the tasting in general? And btw … with an offer like that you are pretty sure to get in on the next tasting! 😉

  5. Well, isnt the only two beers available in Norway in this test, BrewDog Hardcore IPA and Cigar City Bolita?

  6. Excuse me, and Panil and Duchesse De Bourgogne.

  7. christer says:

    The Harviestoun and the 3 Founteinen beers was bought at Vinmonopolet. Quite a few of the remaining beers can be bought at restaurants and pubs in Norway.

    It’s a shame not ALL beers in the tasting are available though. :)

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