alteregoo (748) - POLAND - DEC 2, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wersja 2014. Piana kremowa, drobna i trwała, ładny lejsing. Barwa mahoniowa, klarowna. Aromat słodki, głównie karmel, suszone owoce, miód i cukierki werther’s original na równym poziomie. W smaku wbrew pozorom nie jest słodko, raczej pół słodko - na podstawie z karmelu i toffi czuć anyż, koper włoski, przyprawy korzenne, kandyzowane owoce, syrop klonowy... Goryczki i alkoholu brak. Nagazowanie nieco poniżej średniego. Dość wodniste w odczuciu.
Zbyt lekkie, zbyt rzadkie, jak na taką ilość przypraw, piwo bożonarodzeniowe. Brakuje tu słodyczy, gęstości i mocy... Dodatkowo anyż i toffi w połączeniu nie wypadają najlepiej.
mrjez (379) - Osaka, JAPAN - DEC 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2015 2015 355ml bottle. Re-rate after a second try, poured into a tulip snifter.
L: this year’s is one of the best looking from memory. It pours a dark olive brown with a finger of creamy light tan head, excellent lacing.
S: There’s clove up front and sweetened malt and dark fruit underneath, it comes out a bit more as it warms.
T: the taste follows the nose mostly providing spice flavour with some dark malt, light anise, a bit aqueous. The spice just gets a bit overpowering by the end
F: the malt body is a tad llight, a little spritzy up front, a little spice warmth.
O: it’s not bad, but I’ve enjoyed the last few years more, they were more robust I thought. Is it just my shifting palate?
kingaugusta (192) - Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2015
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
dark brown with a quick off white head. nose is weak and slightly spiced with a touch of brown sugar. flavor is basically a generic brown ale with a pinch of nutmeg and a little spicing. short finish. not very impressive in any way
sjogro (2193) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013. Bottle from Van Alsem. 2013. Lots of spices, piney, coffee, cocoa. A bit watery and bitter. Backlog from 2014/03/11.
UXO (1348) - CANADA - NOV 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: nearly solid black with only faint ruby highlights, one finger of rocky tan head, good retention and spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: toffee, molasses, coffee, dark chocolate and fruits, spices, woody spruce. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-full slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, lingering slightly sticky finish. (4/5)
Definitely an interesting winter warmer style of brew. Lots of traditional midwinter spices and dark, molasses-y malt give it a lot of the “fruitcake in a glass” character I like to see in these ales. There’s more than a hint of spruce, which makes me think they might actually incorporate spruce tips into the brew, but it’s not overwhelming or medicinal. (14/20)
arnold931 (1229) - Iowa, USA - NOV 25, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 2015. Pours black with ruby highlights and small tan head. Nose is maple, vanilla and nutmeg. Taste adds some dark fruit. Good.
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Jorn69 (2551) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer tasting @ Havregatan 151120. Bottle (355 ml) from Kihoskh, Copenhagen. [ Vintage 2006 ]. Malty and caramely with lots of dried fruits, woody with spicy and some light liquorice notes, medium sweet and a bit flat, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry and woody with dried fruits.
Neorej80 (499) - - NOV 19, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2015 edition bottle. Aroma of maple, toffee, capucino, vanilla and cinnamom and some malts. Nice dark brown colour, head vanishes fast. Flavours are a bit porterlike, but also a bit watery. Lots of cinnamom, maple and malts. Sweet, maple/toffee aftertaste. Ok for what it is.
leebotton (406) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2015 version out of bottle from brewers droop, Bristol. pours deep dark ruby with an orange brown thick persistent head. Aroma is warming with doughy spice like light cinnamon, there is an earthy character against the soft roast nature and possibly spruce notes. The flavour has a dry, nutty roast/char flavour which is balanced by a silky texture. There are subtle spice notes here. Toward the back of the tongue there is a liquorice flavour reminiscent of my early homebrew but much cleaner and later,, some doughyness is perceived in the flavour. Overall, some great flavours and certainly a multifaceted beer though i would say the dough character is somewhat overwhelming some other aspects of the beer. Very nice, though.