suurjuust (813) - ESTONIA - DEC 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown, tan head. Spicy, peppery, gingerbready nose. The taste is mostly the same, but with some vague maltiness and cocoa tones thrown in. Finish is bitter with roasty notes. Aftertaste is dry and peppery. Somewhat watery palate. It’s not something I would drink often, but it is strangely appealing.
rauchbierlover (575) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle. Pours a dark ruby color with a small white head. Aroma of ginger, marzipan, cinnamon. A bit too much spice in it, but it’s a good Xmas beer.
Hallstein (93) - Skogn, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma like a very good christmas beer, appearance is not so good, little head, and no stay. The taste hits you with a very gingerbready taste, a little to much for my taste, with some additional spices. Feels good in your mouth, and overall a decent beer.
teorn88 (1914) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a medium off-white head. Aroma of ginger, cinnamon and coco. Fairly roasty. It smells exactly like IKEA biscuits (ginger biscuits). Flavor is quite spiced with alot of ginger and some cinnamon. Some roasty bitterness too. Quite stout-ish base, spiced with those biscuits. Medium body with soft carbonation. Overall, the first of its kind to me, and quite nice indeed.
mzaar (1336) - Varberg, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mörkbrun kropp, nästan svart. Ett enastående stort cappucionofärgat skum, långvarigt dessutom. Doft: pepparkaka och örter. Smak: pepparkaka, svagt av kaffe och röda frukter. Pepparkakan biter sig fast i eftersmaken. Något vattnig dock.
omegamike (152) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear, dark amber with a medium off-white head. Light shines right through this one. Aroma is all ground ginger, cloves, maybe even a hint of nutmeg, and easily the most pleasing thing about this beer. The flavour follows on from this, adding a slight maltiness to the finish. Mouthfeel is lacking; it’s too light, and while the carbonation is quite pleasant the beer itself just leaves me feeling unfulfilled.
markas101 (1779) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle, Brewdog online store, Sheffield, UK. Pours brown with a slight ruby hue. Pure gingerbread aroma with perhaps extra nutmeg. Medium carbonation, sweet with cinnamon and spice coming through, a mingling of hops and cloves. Finish is long and spiced. Better than I thought it would be.
slakemythirst (187) - - DEC 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flytande mahogny. Pepparkakor, saffran och russin. Bra att skölja ner köttbullarna med i jul. Kommer stå på mitt julbord.
mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. I stumbled across this beer at a bottleshop when I took a wrong turn - fate? Coloa coloured with brown and red flecks throughout and an even layewr of loght brown foam. The ehad stays put and leaves some lacing on the glass. Looks like a slice of Christmas cake in a glass and smells like one also, with spices, raisins, prunes and ginger. In typical Brewdog fashion the flavour is a bit out there and again there is that Christmas cake feel. You get the same taste from this beer as you do when you bite into a piece of Christmas cake. Full in the mouth and long on the palate with a bit of a harsh aftertaste. Different but okay.
Ktwse (1393) - SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours very dark brown with a medium off white to tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is quite intense! The first thing that strikes you is the gingerbread. It’s as if they’ve crammed gingerbread cookies into it. Beyond that hints of dark, dried fruit, some malt, but overall not very complex. Taste is a bit of a letdown after that intense gingerbread sensation. There’s a subtle bitterness from start to finish, almost like an ESB. The gingerbread does appear somewhere midway through the taste, with a slight sweetness, but it’s much more withheld in the taste. Body is a bit too light with a bit of a fizzy carbonation that kind of stings. Overall impression is fun but not great. I wish they’d upped the ABV a bit on this one, would probably have made it more interesting.