Kestral (506) - Årnes, 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. It’s definitely christmasy, but like other heavily spiced christmas ales, they don’t really fall harmonize. Decent, but too spiced.
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.
Jaksmart (454) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark, dark ruby, almost black pour, minuscule off-white head. Aroma is indeed in the spirit of christmas. It smells like all the good christmas-sweets. Lots of cinnamon, ginger, pepper and sugar. Taste is very similar, with sweet ginger and cinnamon, pepper, cocoa. Slightly sour and with some hops in the finish. Big body, low carbonation. As a christmas beer, this is a very interesting and refreshing brew, albeit slightly off-balance and a bit too punchy perhaps. It is very innovative, and an enjoyable alternative to the wide selection of christmas brews.
Hallstein (419) - 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.
CEZ (412) - Milano, ITALY - FEB 27, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
One of the strangest brews I’ve ever tasted, this is a style on its own... Very dark brown body, medium off-white head. The CI N N A M O N in the nose is overwhelming and a bit shocking. Otherwise the balance is nice and interesting. More cinnamon, anisette, salty licorice, cola. Moderately sweet followed by a moderate but lasting herbal bitterness. Light to medium mouthfeel. Definitely interesting and worth a try, but it’s just not to my liking - someone else might love it.
Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from brewdog.com. Way way too thin. Quite enjoyable for the flavour but it felt like drinking flavoured water. Still quite nice.
Neeskens (328) - SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark brownish amber with a medium off-withe head. Tonnes of cinnamon and ginger, and also some sweet caramel malts.
sinkas (293) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2012
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle, 1st choice Bicton,
Enticing spicy and malty nose,limp head
horrendously over spiced and watery with oily finish
snzcujo (282) - RUSSIA - FEB 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted from the bottle, on 13/03/2013.
Pours reddish brown.
Aroma is great, spices, sour berries (cherries?), no cocoa.
Taste is amazing, mostly aroma notes, but mixed so incredibly well.
Aftertaste is spicy hinger, lovely!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jikvig (269) - NORWAY - OCT 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2010 I love this nose! It just punches me in the face, this bottle of christmas. Gingerbread dough, hint of cocoa and milkchocolate.
On the palate is more boring, with less taste. But man, this nose is just great! I could smell it all night long!