MiP (15247) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 4.7%. Spicy aroma, pungent christmas spice, but not the ginger they mention on the label. Almost black colour, good stable light brown head. The flavour starts off quite roasted, clean and a little bready. Then comes a clean bitterness, could be cocoa bitterness. OK drinkable beer, but the spiciness is a bit silly.
chrisv10 (15165) - DENMARK - JAN 23, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Dark brown with small beige head. Flavour is roasted malts, cinnamon, spices, ginger and some bitterness.
Theis (15116) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home (served way too cold - Papsø temperature - se I will give it a couple of minutes......). Black - offwhite head. Spicy, light ginger, high malty, roasted and light burned malty, cocoa, light body, light notes of cloves. Ok - not too spiced.
gunnfryd (14043) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 27, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma is spices, anise, caramel. Flavour is spices, anise, caramel, malt, ginger, cinnemon, coffee. Medium body. A lot of spices in this one.
FatPhil (13581) - 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.
HenrikSoegaard (13067) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Kvickly. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. DArk red-amber colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter bad spicey flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate. Boring and bad stout.
imdownthepub (13032) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, 330ml from Bellingers Garage, Grove, Oxon. Chestnut with cream head. Heady aroma of spices, leading to rather a sweetish, honeyed, smooth malty beer with a lavish dose of ginger. There is a chocolate element but this is smooth and milky. Not a blockbuster but reasonably decent.
Christian (12666) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a small off-white head. Strong and perfumed spicy aroma with a touch of dried fruits. Sweet roasted flavour with coffee and chocolate notes, and lots of spice. When you know it you recognize some ginger, but it feels like a big mix of spices. Odd and oddly fascinating
Scopey (12227) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Cask and Kitchen. Colour; dark brown with off-white head. Nose; nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. Taste; same as smell, spicey, thin and watery! It should be stronger and more viscous to carry the level of spice in the beer.
thewolf (12023) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, bought @ Kvickly, Haderslev.
Pours dark brown, bordering on black. Fine, staying, light murky white creamy head. Aroma has good spices, clear ginger, some chocolate, raisins, light glögg. Medium to high carbonation, a bit thin but very dry palate. Flavour is good, the cocoa gets through nicely, adding light zest and dryness to the chocolate base. Good, lingering dryness in the finish. Very different to many other (sweeter) Christmas beers, this is a nice change of pace even if it is nowhere near perfect.