Borup (8980) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a brown head. Aroma and flavour of chocolate, coffee, fruit, roasted malt and hops.
bubbleflubber (2069) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 year: Pours a beautiful ruby-chocolate black pour with an initial 2-finger head that diminishes to an espresso foam top, leaving medium lace down the glass. The nose is vinous, with some notes of bitter chocolates, smoked sausage, spices and roasts. The smoked sausage really stands out in the flavor department, with some dark cherry, bitter choco malts, holiday pie spices and smoke. The finish is really an extension of the flavor, nicely integrated. The mouthfeel is round and warming. A nice holiday spiced brew.
graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2007 2007 Vintage:
Pours a deep ruby brown into the glass with a small off white head. Aroma is big this year. Iím picking up a lot of nutmeg, cinammon and bubble gum type aromas. The taste is relatively unassuming considering its huge aroma. Nice and crisp with a dry finish.
Aroma: 8 Appearance: 4 Flavor: 6 Palate: 4 Overall: 15
Fruity Aroma. Pours almost completely black with a dark tan head. Has some rich coffee/chocolate maltiness along with some fruity undertones. Has a nice spice to it. Iím not a huge fan of the style, but this is definately worth a try!
Aroma: 7 Appearance: 5 Flavor: 6 Palate: 4 Overall: 15
Theis (14665) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (2006) at home. Dark - almost black - brown head. Chokolate, light coffee, spicy, coriander, pinewood, orange, raisins, roasted, hoppy, dried fruits.
thewolf (11651) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark mahogany colour with big beige creamy head. Aroma has LOTS of cinnamon with roasted malts and cloves. Quite complex taste. Plums, fruits, raisins, blue-berries and roasted malts dominate. It ends dry with cinnamon and slight flowery bitterness. Good.
jrob21 (3050) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 on tap at the Brick Store. Deep dark color with a little purple hue. Big head that gives the experience a creamy texture. Gets more complex and varied as you get closer to the bottom of the glass. Starts spicy and finishes more malty with some slight chocolate and caramel malt flavors. Nice beer for this time of year.
ajolly2 (129) - USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006. Head: thick; dark tan in color. Body: very dark with some ruby tint to it; opaque. Fruity aroma. At first taste, a little thinner on the tongue than the beerís attractive appearance leads on. Taste is somewhat spicy, not smoky at all, some fruitiness but not sweet. Some bitterness emerges as it cools to room temperature. Iím no expert on Christmas brews, and this one was a little lighter than I wanted, but I highly enjoyed it and would recommend it to any ale drinkers.
Delirium (636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2006 2006 version, draught. Pours dark ruby brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is mild, mostly of sweet malt and a lot of christmas spices. Flavor is also sweet malt and a lot of christmas spices. A pretty straightforward winter warmer, but I think this is rather overrated---the sweetness tastes a bit artificial, and it really isnít that enjoyable. Not bad per se, but there are many better winter beers.
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2007 2006 version, on tap. The Quintessential Christmas beer of 2006! yummy gingerbread beer - Christmas in a glass! Flavor includes chooclate and coffee, a slight taste of orange cream halfway through, with a touch of peppery hops about three quarters of the way through. A very smooth palate.
2005 version - sampled in August 2007 - delightful cinnamon, orange and nutmeg flavor... this is the archetype for classic Christmas beers.
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark with nice tan head. A little thin, but not watery. Aroma is spicy, smoke and coffee. Flavor is not too sweet, but spicy (herbs, juniper?) with a roasted orange peer taste. Maybe a little gingerbread taste. Good dry finish.