krumbum (895) - truckee, California, USA - DEC 26, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big roasted flavors to the nose. Deep dark brown with light head but lasting head. Really smooth intro fades to a slight spice in the finish. Good doesn’t get you too Christmasy.
Gangstergafje (593) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is a true christmas and new year special. When i think of a beer for this period, I think of a dark heavy strong beer. This beer definitely has the looks of a dark heavy strong beer. The color of the beer is dark brown, almost black, on first sight. When seen with a light behind it, a beautiful ruby red color is revealed. Lovely. The beer has a nice smell. The smell is quite strong and very special. At first, I smell a little roasted barley aroma, together with a nice licorice and anise aroma. After a lot of sniffs, the smell started to remind me of HP sauce or brown source. Both the sauce and this beer have a bittersweet smokey aroma, with a little sour touch of vinegar. This little sourness is nice, but i definitely need to get used to it. It is quite special, and I don’t really know if I have ever tried a beer like this. The taste is pretty much the same as the taste. I taste the same roasted barley flavor and the licorice/anise flavor. There is also this HP sauce flavor, but not as strong as in the smell. Again, the little sourness is something i need to get used to, but it is quite nice. The beer has a nice amount of gas in it. The bitterness of the smell in combination with the bass give a nice mouth sensation. A nice christmas beer indeed.
Dawsemeister (25) - - DEC 26, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle of 2015 - dark brown pour with a decent head and faint aromas of sweet tobacco and sherry.
It is quite thin and carbonated in the mouth like a dark lager, with some dark sugar notes, but doesn't really pack enough punch to deliver the festive flavours it promises... There is also a metallic aftertaste that detracts a bit - I have had this in previous years and enjoyed it much more, so maybe this was just a weaker batch. Not bad, but not great; will look forward to a return to form in 2016.
Ctplt777 (474) - - DEC 25, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2015 Interesting beer. Lots of fig, plums, and molasses in the aroma. Very chewy and sweet. It tastes like a big oatmeal raisin cookie. Lots of sweetness, with bit hints of molasses, chocolate, nutmeg and spice. Not quite a stout but totally full of complexity and flavor. Definitely a great holiday beer.
ttoadee (1201) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark pour, two fingers of nice tan head. Nose is dark fruit and spice. Bittersweet. Middle is woody, spice, and dark malt with a medium mouth feel. Finish is unsweetened coco. Not flashy, but delicious.
ElCapitan22 (327) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown color with excellent lacing. Has very nice head retention as well. Tastes malty and of the usual winter spices. A nice Xmas beer!
ansalon (2733) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a medium frothy tan head. Aromas of chocolate, spiced bread, molasses, fudge, cardamom, cloves, burnt chestnuts. Taste is quite roasted, spicy and aromatic. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.
axl (472) - Lund, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml bottle, 2015 version. Almost black with tan head. Aroma of sweet dark malts, cardamon, christmas spices, sweet black bread and cocoa. Taste is slightly medicinal herbal, black bread, classical Christmas spices, coffe and slightly burnt roasted malts. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation and roasted herbal aftertaste.
Bebum (702) - USA - DEC 23, 2015
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, dissipating head.
Medium body, moderate flavor, flat mouthfeel eith low heat, carbonation and acidity, avg length but unappealing finish.
Bitter, dry, low acidity.
Nothing I like.
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Carlisle (438) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2015 edition. Bottle. Dark ruby-black color with thin tan head and lacing. Nose has roasted malt, ginger, clove, nutmeg, and other spices. Roasted malt with some chocolate upfront. Some bitterness in the middle followed by vanilla and nutmeg--much like eggnog--in the long, creamy finish. Body is a bit thinner than expected.
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