Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fairly pleasant. I don’t taste any spices, but I agree with everyone about it being a fine Vienna. Reminds me a lot of Negra Modelo.
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottles. Actually, several. Pours dark reddish brown with a finger of light tan head that fades fast. Some lace. Aroma is sweet, caramel and roasted notes, some burnt sugar. A metallic bitterness saves it from being overly sweet. Body is quite light, a bit too thin. Carbonation a bit too sparkly. Otherwise, it’s not bad. Tasty, but plain.
ERB92 (503) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 1, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
weak caramel, malt wort and a hint of spices in the aroma. Amber with a off white head. Medium sweet and light bitterness. Light body with a lively carbonation. Overall totally OK, but not something to remember.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hmm, thought this would be more of a Jubel or Celebration style. This is a Belgian?!?
Pours a dark translucent brown with some head and just a bit of lacing.
Smells, well, skunky, to be honest. Damn if they didn't put this into a green bottle. While I realize that they don't get much sunlight in Norway, the rest of the world does.
Tastes not as skunky, thankfully, but still not great. Think of a fruity Newcastle Brown; yeah, that's it, with a little more mouthfeel and fruity flavors.
Mouthfeels is nothing special for this style. Drinkability is okay, but again nothing special.
Hmph. I was looking forward to this beer, too.
zeke626 (446) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to akevitt for sharing. Pours a clear brown body with red hue and off-white head. Head is foamy, but laces nicely. Spicy aroma with a very bock-like body. Finishes clean.
TyggaBrown (430) - NORWAY - NOV 25, 2012
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Not the best christmas beer I know. A tiny hint of caramel, the rest isn’t christmassy at all, no spices or malty notes. Quite refreshing, and not thin at all.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty chocolate aroma.Tawney appearance.Mellow malty chocolate buttery flavor.Very bockish.
Mezcalmannen (395) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A clear dark amber/brown colour, whilst the head is off-white. Moderately malty aroma, taste is also malty, some roast and a slight cardboard feel. (Bottle)
Snegurochka (389) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml with pinnekjøtt@Mother-in-law’s, 28.Dec.2012
Red-brown body with tiny head. Sweet prunes, caramel, dates nose. Sweet, but balanced. A bit better in itself than Mack Juleøl, but Mack was better with pinnekjøtt.
jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep brown color with a ring around the collar looking dirty white head. Rather sour milk-like aroma. Quite sweet with a very restrained hop presence.