sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 8, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottled, rated 2011-11-04) Clear, very dark reddish brown with a smallish but lasting, beige head. Perfumy aroma with plenty of Xmas spices, especially cloves and cardamom, with a touch of anise. Very Xmas-spicy flavor is perfumy, lightly licoricey, gingery and cherryish - but very thin. Way too thin and watery for Xmas time, although the overdone spiciness is of a pleasant kind.
Muggus69 (1100) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a murky looking brown body. Sparce off-white head hangs around.
Christmas cake aromas (as expected); cinamon, nutmeg, ginger, treacley/cakey malts, bit of clove earthiness and hint of cocoa, none of which are over the top.
Relatively low carbonation, deceptively medium bodied - really wasn’t expecting that. Dry overall impression.
Flavours come though on the body, though not all too prominant - sweet cake, toasted almond, dried fruits, sweet spices, bit of earthiness and mild roast/cocoa character. Spicy finish, definative note of bitterness.
For a brewery that really prides itself on "out there" styles, particularly many BIG beers, this is a bit disappointing. Was really expecting more body/richness/flavour to it, but it’s almost like session beer - guess that’s not a bad thing, never could eat all that much Christmas pudding anyway...
ClubGonzo (3445) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First bottle of 2012, and a missing link among the Christmas beers I have available. Pours a deep brown, ruby-hued body with a medium, creamy light beige head. Nose is reminiscent of ginger bread: ginger, clove, cinnamon, light pepper and sweet caramel malts. Hints of coca-cola. Taste is dark malts up front, then a cascade of Christmas spice: clove, cinnamon, cardamom and most presently ginger. Fading into a mild bitter coca-cola-like finish with some peppery tones. Medium filling mouthfeel, and very tasty overall for a 4,7 % ABV beer. I kinda like this "little brother" of BrewDog’s other Christmas ale: Santa Paws. It’s more balanced and doesn’t overwhelm you with spices, and very drinkable as well, for a spice/herb/vegetable beer. Here’s to a completed Christmas and to the new year! Chin chin! :-)
Camons (4838) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle @ Home. Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma of malt, notes of chocolate, lots of spices, cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is is sweet and dominanted by the spices, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg. Thin body, soft carbonation. Sweet and overly spiced christmas beer. 010112
_angst_ (2279) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle courtesy of Roland. Consumed on December 25. Pours deep reddish brown with a creamy gray head that clings to the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet with dark bread, wort, allspice and cinnamon. Tastes slightly sweet and rather bitter. Its quite spicy and malty and tastes just like liquid "vörtbröd" (wort bread). Finish is rather dry and bitter.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
In bottle, pours a very dark brown colour with a decent light tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, cola, ginger and chocolate. Big cinnamon flavour again upfront. Some caramel, hot cocoa and roasty malt to finish. Moderate carbonation and a foamy mouth-feel. OK. Lots of cinnamon and fairly heavy given the 4.7% abv. I have also had this is cask and keg and have to say it stands up well in keg, with the extra chill subduing the cinnamon a bit.
rosenbergh (5953) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 25, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml bottle. Finland.
Dark reddish brown colour with small light tan head.
Gingerbread dough, cinnamon, clove, mild citrus and some more spices in aroma. Cola, dry liquorice, spices and some sweetness in flavour. Thin. Once a year kind of beer.
FatPhil (8350) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 24, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
330ml bottle (Black Door, Helsinki)
5+ Sweet doughy christmas pudding spices, dried mixed peel. A bit sickly.
4 Dark, small off-white head.
5 Meh. Watery spicy taste. Not a stout by a million miles. Looks like the marketting bullshit has crept into the brewing side - this is a gutless beer slathered with caricatured spices. Strangely, I don’t get either cocoa or ginger, which I really like. I’m getting cinnamon and clove, which I dislike. A mess.
3- Fairly thin palate, OK carbonation. Basically only the spices survive into the finish. As I said, reads "gutless" on the beer-o-meter
10 The most positive I can be about this is "drinkable". So certainly not bad enough to throw away, but normally these guys do much better with the dark beers, this has to be one of their worst. Only their hoppy ones have been worse, from memory.
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear red borwn body with an average sized light brown head. Aroma-taste: chocolate, spices, ginger, cinnamon, cloves-with a significant abrubt bitter finish. Light to medium bodied.
bmeup (498) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hmm! strange one this, looks like sarsaparilla and i reckon has a bit of that flavour too. Has Cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of clove and some floral character there as well. Hop dry bitterness in the finish. Quite like it, just one or two though.