Koyo (251) - SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Being a huge Brewdog fan this was a must have for me. The aroma is very pleasant, a lot of spices mixing with the normal stout aromas. It looks like a stout as well, black, maybe the foam is a bit thin though. Then there is the taste, it is not all that great. The spices are decent but somehow, there is also a lot of hops, specially the first few sips that ruin everything. Usually I am all for hoppy beers but not when there are spices like these. I bought two bottles, going to let the other one sit in the cellar for a while and see how it turns out.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. "Pours out in a dark brown colour with a rich fluffy tan-coloured head. Spicy aroma of cardamom, ginger, orange-peels and roasted malts. Medium-bodied with notes of orange-peels, gingerbread, roasted malts, anise and mild peppery hops. Medium-bitter dryish and crisp finish of peppery and orangey hops with spicy notes of gingerbread and cardamom.
garza (570) - Oslo (NO), Caracas (VE), VENEZUELA - DEC 4, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark brown with a small tan head. Spices and roasty malt in the aroma. Light sweetness, lightly bitter and spiced mild round flavour. Good character, medium body, too much carbonation. Short spiced and light bitter after taste. It was good.
finol (2263) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with a light tan head.
Aroma dominated by ginger.
Taste of rosted malt and ginger.
Maria (10176) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Itís black/red-brown with a huge, creamy head, and the aroma has notes of Christmas spices, cocoa and licorice. The flavour is moderately sweet and rather thin with notes of Christmas spices, ginger, roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, and the finish is dry.
Skinnyviking (7235) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Low fluffy light brown head. Hazy dark brown body. Spicy peppery cinnamon aroma and flavor that is pretty sweet. Low carbonation. Short aftertaste.
jesperhammer (3051) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
27-NOV-2010, bottle @home, from "Superbrugsen".
Dark brown with nice off-white head.
All the x-mas spices in the same bowl...!
I had heard a lot of stuff about this brew. Mostly bad...
...but this is actually nice, though the drinkability is not very high.
I guess it must be hard to finish a bottle by yourself?
Too spicey, but fun experience.
Sigmund (5325) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml bottle, batch #297, bought at Coop OBS, Bryne. ABV is 4.7%. Dark brown to black colour, big beige head. Strong sweetish aroma of ginger, cocoa and oranges. Light bodied, canít be expected to be a match for its big brother Santa Paws. Fairly refreshing flavour, not very sweet, strong notes of ginger and cocoa, bitter and peppery finish. Seems somewhat unbalanced with all its spiciness, lacks a malty backbone.
Kestral (506) - Ňrnes, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown, and settles black with a big, creamy, dense beige head. Snailtrails are left left and right. Aroma is very spicy. Loads of ginger, sort of gingerbread like, cinnamon, and doughy, bready sweetness. A bit soapy. A good sweetness hits the tongue at first, along with a strange, soapy astringency. A bit too harsh. Light to medium bodied, generously carbonated. Itís definitely christmasy, but like other heavily spiced christmas ales, they donít really fall harmonize. Decent, but too spiced.
cgarvieuk (15170) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2014 Bottle at fins... Bbf 2011 drunk 2013...deep black.. Thin tan head... Soft dark roast big spice nose... Little thin... Dark malts... Huge spice.. Quite dusty... Stick 3.6
mixed gass tap at cloister ... red brown ... bubbly tan head ... big cinamon light close nose ... light fizz more bottle level that last few kegs ive tried ... soft dark fruity roast ... again big cinamon spice ... almost but not quite over spiced... quite like this ... 3.6 cask in cloisters .... deep black ... thin tan head ... big spice ... lots of nut meg .... huge roast ... big malts ...gingerbready .... quite nice 3.5 ok better on mixed gas. wow
bottle at home ... dark brown ... thin tan head ... soft spicy cinnamon nose ... dark roast ... big cinnamon ... gingerbready ... pretty interesting if a little over spiced 3.6
Bottle at home ... bbf 2011 drunk march 2014... dark spicy malt nose ... soft roast ... massive mellow spice ... soft roast ... quite german ginger bread 3.8