Unde (88) - FINLAND - DEC 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 Winter ale with spicy flavor, with first taste there is some herbs an bittersweet flavors. Appearance is dark brown and reddish qualitys. Palate is bitter, herbs pushing to front row and aftertaste brings some sweet and refreshing feel. Not the best winter ale, but worth the shot.
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber/ brown. Aroma....ginger,ginger,ginger! A sweetness fallows with nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon. Taste is very similar to the nose which hits with tons of ginger up front following with other winter spices such as the cinnamon. Mouthfeel is light and over carbonated. Let the carbonation mellow out with some swirling and this is a nice sessionable winter/Christmas beer.
coldbrewky (1319) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at the local steak house. This seems to be a ripe version of a chocolaty dunkel. Ripe stone fruit intermingles with all the dark malt and very light hops.Dark molasses brown with nary a head. Sweeter finish.
Plovmand (5712) - Helsinge, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle served by karstenborg. Pours dark brown with a creamy beige head. The aroma is pumpkin, cardemon, sweet caramel and dark fruit. The flavour is toasted malt, spices, ripe fruit and some hops. Light pumpkin ale feel to it.
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badhack (175) - San Jose, California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a magnum at work into a glass. Dark color, brown. Well balanced profile, hard to tell what’s in there but lots going on. Definitely some spice, resin and pine needles. Typical mouthfeel.
JStax (1673) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a magnum split four ways. Darker brown with a huge head of khaki colored foam. Good retention. Aroma is pine needles and some darker roasty chocolate. Taste is piny bitterness with a movement towards spicy roasty notes on the backend while maintaining the bitterness throughout. Lighter on the palate than anticipated.
jcartamdg (1144) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown, almost black with an off white head. Aroma of pine, caramel, dates and prunes. Taste is bitter, pine, mint and dark fruit. Not bad but I prefer this beer aged
The_Bish (873) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dry. I should be asleep. Lemsip. Day Nurse. Tissues. Runny nose. Big girl’s blouse.
Dommod2011 (432) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A gift from, and shared with, the Bish. We sat in our office and talked about creating a den. Probably in the reprographics room. That room still has my name on the door so I reckon I can lay claim to it. We wondered about when and how it will all end. Boredom we agreed. I think we’ve got a few more in us yet...
BucannonXC5 (567) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 19, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Regular Firestone pint glass
From: BevMo in La Mesa (San Diego, Calif.)
Price: $9.99 for a 6-pack
Misc.: 38th “Special Ale”; 20H on the back of the bottle, which apparently means it was bottled on Oct. 8, 2012
Poured a brownish black color with about a finger of khaki tan head that dissipated in just under five minutes. About no lacing and no retention.
Smelled grape juice, pine tree, grape bubble gum, juniper berries (thank you recent Sam Adams Norse Legend Sahti!), apple cider, light nutmeg, light cinnamon and some other spices that I couldn’t put my finger on.
Tasted grape soda, grape bubble gum, juniper berries, cough syrup, nutmeg and some cinnamon. Not really what I was expecting coming into this beer.
Medium body. Oily texture. Fizzy (high)-to-lively (above average) carbonation. Abrupt bitter finish.
Pretty disappointed in this beer overall. Was expecting something a bit better. Not looking forward to the other five beers in this 6-pack.