MiP (14001) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. Malty, spicy aroma. Sweet flavour, hint of orange. Creamy mouthfeel, slightly syrupy.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy copper colour with a tan head. Mostly malty aroma with a fruity sweetness. Caramel sweet flavor with a light hoppyness and a dry finish.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2005 Aah, a nice big bottle all to myself. This looks very good in the glass, a deep plummy colour with a creamy, satiny yet firm head. This is the roc that is not in a hard place. There is a very typical BSA fruitiness and mustiness in this beer and a lot of plum pudding ingredients come to the fore. In the mouth the ABV is quite obvious as is the intensity of flavours that make this an all things good beer. I must try to get another bottle for the winter months
joergen (22443) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at DBF 2005.
Brown coloured with a small off white head.
Sweet spicy and herby aroma with notes of dried fruits.
Sweet flavour with lots of fruits and spices - especially ginger.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown colour with a small off-white head. Yeasty fruity aroma and taste. Medium body and a sweet finish.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at DBF2005. Sweet and fruity nose. Dark brown body, small white head. Sweet flavor, some yeast, nice fruityness. Good one.
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Very complex fruity aroma with plum, cherry and sweet apple. Deep brown color, lots of bubbles, large beige growing head, perfect lace. Very sweet but not too sweet, well hopped, very fruity plum and sweet apple, very malty. Very full, smooth and warming.
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Red-brown coloured with a small beige head. The aroma contains notes of yeast, fruit, slightly roasted malt, and caramel. And so is the flavor.
ALLOVATE (2538) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I happened upon this at an out of the way Drive thru Liquor store, and bought it, not knowing quite how it had been treated in it’s two years of sitting there. Poured it into a short tulip glass, a lovely two layered beige head formed and laced wickedly down the sides. The body was a murky auburn copper, with heavy yeast clumps swirling about. Generous nose, with toasted bread and lightly roasted coffee dominant. Hints of raisins, nuts and spices, and an underlying waft of Demerara sugar. Mild medicinal, ethanol and warming mouth feel initially, balanced out after that, with a candi sugar front, unusual roasted grains, quite generous, peaty malt, yeast and toasted bread. Finishes with a long, warming and malty sweet, ’fruitcake’ swallow. Lightly spicy, and medium in body, with well ’lagered’ carbonation made for an overwhelmingly sweet, but enjoyable Ale, of good complexity. Quite smooth and well balanced. Lovely!!!
highlandlad (1433) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well-balanced Christmas ale that carries its alcohol effortlessly. Poured a muddy brown colour with a monstrous pillowy tan head and plenty of lees. Head took forever to settle but barely laced. Not a hint of carbonation below the plimsole line. Aroma has the wonderfully rich Christmas cake characteristics you might expect: figs, raisins, treacle, candied peel, mixed spice - all soaked in port. Heavily alcoholic. Creamy mouthfeel. Very rich and flavoursome. Sweet and very well balanced for its 9% abv. Flavour profile is dominated by sweet malt and dried fruit, but with spicy notes and a smooth warming finish. Got better and better as the glass emptied. One of the best strong ales I’ve sampled. (Bottle, best before end 2007)