Westmeister (1303) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 21, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark mahogany with medium tan head. Smell is deep caramel sweetness with some spiciness. Taste is more caramel, brown paper bag with some sweet spiciness. Not my thang mehn.
Beer4000 (4101) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle @ Cardinal. Unclear reddish amber body with a nice, medium sized, foamy off-white head. Nice aroma with caramel malt, dry fruit and Christmas spices. Flavor is sweet, smooth malt, caramel, spices, particular cinnamon, a hint of liquorice and red berries. Not very strong in spices, but well composed, a bit weak in bitterness. Fine and balanced body, nice aftertaste. More spices appears in aftertaste. Nice spicy one without overdoing anything.
berntholer (544) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - SEP 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
light beige head disappears fast without lacing. amber clear colour. aroma of grains, biscuit, fruity, candylike, black currants? taste is a bit sour, anilla with slight wry and bitter finish. medium body, quite carbonated. different, but not overwhelming. bottle 12 fl.oz
Douberd (1223) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - SEP 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 355 ml, at home. Poured into a snifter. First heavy rain of the September, so I guess winter is coming here, seemed like a good opportuity to open this one. ABV 6.9%
Bright amber colour on the body, with a good sized head on top, soapy with an off-white colour, low retention and light lacing left on the glass.
Aroma of light caramel, cookie dough, hops, maybe a little bit of nutmeg but very faint.
Taste of caramel, toffee, little bit of butter, more spices now but still faint enough not to overpower the flavour, some dark fruits too. Malty sweetness on the aftertaste.
Medium body with good carbonation, biting a little on the finish. Quite dry palate.
Tasty beer, I’d like the spices flavours more intense but still great.
ectotherm (9) - farmington, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2013 does not count
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
I loved the spice overtones. Opening the bottle however was a mess. Either a bottle that was way past the winter season or the chemistry missed. After everything settled down it was a pleasing glass if beer, I did like the dark fruit notes. I did try summer solstice at the sametime and from the same vendor, they both tasted roughly that same and opened with a towel doing most of the consuming. I would definitely like to get closer to the source to make my final decision. The other beverages in the portfolio besides summer and winter, are grab a six pack, a lawn chair and watch the cars go by.
Sigmund (4506) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.9%. Brown colour, large off-white head. Nice aroma of malts (including some caramel) and mild spices, including cinnamon. Also some fruity notes (blackcurrants and ripe blackberries). None of the aroma elements are overdone. The flavour is first fruity (hints of blackcurrants and blackberries again) and malty with some caramel, but not too sweet. The Christmas spices come through more distinctly, but not sharp. The bittering hops are very moderate (too moderate for my taste), probably making the beer palatable for people who don’t fancy AVBC’s hoppier beers. Easy drinking, and does not taste as strong as it is.
magsinva (826) - Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from hop city Birmingham bought in December - pours clear ruby with some nice holiday spices, like cinnamon and clove. Taste is sweet. It’s solid.
nealblind (374) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
mid-dark brown pour some head. Aroma of raisins, caramel, strong malt. Tastes nutty, very sweet vanilla, nutmeg, woody, toffee. Nice light carb makes the acid in this mild. Pretty good, but it’s more like boozy candy than candied booze. (too sweet)
nazzty (744) - Ödåkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very malty and flavorful of raisins, cinnamon, caramel with a significant sweetness. The aftertaste carries a nice bitterness.
southernolkart (55) - - JUL 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is a big breast malt aroma with some peppery spice.
Am getting some hoppy aroma also. Taste is a sweet caramel with some nice hop balance. Very complex raisin and candied dark fruit. This is the best winter ale.
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