Uhlen (251) - Trondheim, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark dark brown, with a small brown head. Malty caramelly aroma. Taste is sweet, with taste of walnuts, chocolate, caramel and alcohol. I’m impressed. One of the best christmasbeers I’ve had.
ElDesmadre (2507) - Mikołów, POLAND - JAN 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle traded with Cunningham. Dark malty aroma with caramel, chocolate, earth, nuts, licorice, prunes, raisins, port wine and alcohol. The flavour is reminiscent of chocolate filled with nuts. Light sweet, light bitter taste, full body, velvety carbonation. Slightly astringent, alcoholic finish, nevertheless very pleasant. A fine Christmas treat.
Foffern (1494) - Bodø, NORWAY - JAN 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Vintage 2011. Has a hazy black colour with a light beige medium head. Aroma of dried fruit and a good dose of roasted malt, along with coffee, oak and dark berries. Nice roast in the flavour as well with more coffee, dried fruit, rye bread and some licorice and barbeque sause. Feels like it has been aged in bourbon barrels. Has a slick and rich mouthfeel, and a light bitterness. A nicely balanced ale with a good roasted touch.
KingCecil (2071) - DENMARK - DEC 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home.... It pours dark brown with a small tan head..... The aroma is yeasty, roasted malt, nuts and spices..... The flavor is caramel, roasted malts, spicy and dark fruity.....
TyggaBrown (430) - NORWAY - DEC 28, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is actually close to perfect! The body, and the combination of bitterness and sweetness is fantastic! Tastes and smells of coffee, chewing gum, licorice, dark fruits and heavy christmas.
Holmen1 (3926) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2014 Flaske hjemme på 1.juledag: aldeles perfekt til nøtter og tørkede frukter og en runde gin rummy! Litt portvinsaktig bitterhet uten den sødme. Et glimrende nippeøl som gjør den mørkeste årstiden litt lysere. Flaske av 09-årgangen hos Arve, mars-13: en delikat aroma med bl.a. litt tranebær. En fantastisk rund, kompleks smak og laang ettersmak. Et strålende øl, synd at Berentsen bare lager det til jul.
tfredvik (1501) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Underneath a quite large, creamy and light brown head is a dark brown body. The head is long-lived and reduces to a fully lasting layer that laces the glass fairly well. Rather strong aroma with roasted notes, lots of coffee and a light yeasty touch. The taste is pretty standard for a christmas beer, i.e. moderate sweet and moderate bitter. The flavours on the other hand are beyond average, with roasted notes, coffee, chocolate and fruits in the back. The beer is full bodied with a lovely thick oily texture and it has a a marvelous vinous feel. The carbonation is soft. A really nice ale!
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 15 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]
alfhansen (35) - Bryne, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle at home. This is a beautifully made Old Ale, with aromas and tastes reminiscent of imperial stouts I have tried in the past. Aroma makes me think of nuts and dried fruit, taste brings me even deeper into that territory. It promises to be a Christmas dessert in and of itself, and it delivers. Well played, Berentsen.
anchr (18) - Trondheim, NORWAY - DEC 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very robust beer with lots of complexity. Starting a bit cold, but probably too far from the 10C recommended, the bitterness stole a lot of attention from the malt and body of this beer, too much, I think. When warming up the whole range of aroma and taste came out. Some stinging mouthfeel that is not CO2 or alcohol
Bathory (458) - Bryne, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nearly black colour with a small brown head. Aroma are quite sour actually, with pina and some spices as the dominant smells. Flavour are mostly chocolate, but it’s very fresh, and has an impressive balance! Same with the aftertaste, a tiny touch of alcohol in the end, but that’s just enjoyable. This beer impressed me a lot.