Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: A little more subtle than I was expecting at first, but it kept improving as it warmed. Very Belgian. Nice and sort of special for Christmas, but not very Christmasy.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, very dark red with a huge, off-white head that mostly lasted and diminished at a painfully slow rate and left good lacing. The aroma was nice but a little weak and contained moderate candi sugar; very light hops; moderate to heavy spicy Belgian yeast; raisin; prune; apple; and cherry. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and slightly acidic; while the finish was moderately acidic and lightly bitter with an average to long duration. There was caisugar, molasses, caramel, dark fruits, spicy yeast, cherry, prune, raisin, hints of brown sugar, a little apple, more yeast, slight hops, hints of earthy and metallic hops and yeast and hints of cocoa. The medium body was creamy with soft, but very tingly carbonation and a dry and lightly astringent finish.
ciocanelu (835) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - JAN 25, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color with light brown head. Aroma has some spicy yeast, dark sugar and some dark, tart fruits. Taste starts slightly tart and fruity, a bit of sugar but not really sweet and finishes dry and spicy. Body is highly effervescent, medium and quite dry on the aftertaste. Not bad but it isnít really my style of beer.
hershiser2 (1798) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery 12/5/15.
Flavors of chocolate, toffee, dark fruit. Tasty.
Brigadier (3470) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle
Discovered in the back of the cellar, this release might have been a bit past its Best By date when I cracked it open. Even so I donít think I will be giving it a second chance due to the underwhelming experience and sheer number of alternatives (such as Great Lakes Christmas Ale). Hopefully other Blue Mountain beers are more representative of their approach to brewing.
Aroma / Appearance - A heady ochre pillar of foam surges to the top of the glass before beginning to ebb into a dusky black core with chestnut fringes. Peppermint, walnuts, and dry oak rise upwards on a wave of soothing vanilla.
Flavor / Palate - Bubbly generic cola mixed with spicy nutmeg tickles the palate before a quick transition to a nutty clean finish. The light body detracts a bit from the enjoyment but does make this unremarkable release a bit easier to finish. Ultimately though with so many other choices I donít think I would try it again even if Blue Mountain was one of my locals.
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle pour at beergeek beer shop. reddish shade of amber with a light haze and a fluffy off-white head; aroma of candied fruits and cake dough; hints of earthy spice from the yeast, white grapeskin, slightly gluggy cookie dough; not a bad effort
ClubGonzo (5089) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep coca-cola-hued clear brown body with a large cloudy off-white head. Nose is nuts, spices, nougat and hints of caramel, toffee and Belgian candi sugar. Taste is caramel, candi sugars, coca-cola, spices, bark and hints of burnt sugar, herbs and chocolate. Full body, high carbonation. Nice Xmas-like Belgian ale, but not exceptional.
Hansen (8206) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Seems a bit too old. AMber coloured, hazy. Has a white head, medium duration. Aroma is sweet, toasted, yeasty.
back (1746) - Holstebro, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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radio_nowhere (1324) - Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Madroneís in Frederick, MD served in a classic pils glass. Cloudy reddish-brown color with creamy off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, light Belgian yeast notes, caramel, some nuttiness and dark fruit. Taste adds notes of brown sugar, dried fruits (raisins, plums) and light spices. Medium body, low carbonation, soft with sweet berry roast finish. Not really feeling the Belgian on this one, more lightly spiced brown ale.
Zita (5984) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
light sweet malty aroma,red, clear, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, malty sweet Brown sugar finish.
EHSRanders (1936) - Tjele, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brown colour with small creamy off-white mostly lasting head. Aroma is roasted malt. Sweet spicy flavor.