Skinnyviking (7062) - 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.
Scopey (6833) - 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.
rosenbergh (6820) - Tampere, 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.
Hansen (6602) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Looks good, dark brown, almost black and clear. Has a light brown head, mostly lasting. Aroma is heavy spicy, cinnamon. Flavor is even more spicý, too much, like soap. Not good.
Plovmand (6481) - Helsinge, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
They are right. After this there is no Santa. They just killed him! This is herbal spicy hell on bottle. In pours Black with a fluffy big off white head. The aroma is cinnamon, lots of ginger, chocolate, cardemom, caramel and sweet candy. The flavour is very spicy and herbal with notes of ginger, light chocolate, cardemom and caramel. Long spicy finish.
lusikka (6239) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle. BBE 29.09.2012.
Pours a very dark brown colour with a thick, slightly beige head. Aroma of strong Christmassy spices; gingerbread, cinnamon and wood. Flavour of slightly roasted malts, banana, cinnamon, gingerbread, dry cocoa with mild bitterness. Light bodied, slick mouthfeel and a nice spicy and malty finish. A light Christmassy beer without too much spices. Good one.
larsga (6206) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big brown head. Black body goes barely translucent brown at edges. Spicy cinnamon cocoa and pine needle aroma with roasty notes. Dry intensely spicy ginger and cinnamon taste with wooden cocoa notes. Mid-bodied. Sharpish mouthfeel. Dry wooden pine needle aftertaste with roasty cocoa notes. The spiciness is a bit sharp and harsh for such a thin, dry beer, but it’s still a good beer. (0.33l bottle, Meny Grønland Torg, Oslo.)
olio (6173) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33 cl bottle.
Pours clear dark ruby red colour with medium head. Strong aroma of spices like cinnamon, cardamom and some ginger. Some light malts, mild hoppy fruits and grass also. Flavour of spices, light caramel malts, grass, some vegetables and nuts. Strong CO2, medium-bodied, maybe a bit too thin.
Svesse (6147) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Dark brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty spicy nose with ginger, liquorice, dark bread, ginger biscuits, brown sugar and a touch of chocolate. Malty, spicy taste with notes of ginger, liquorice, cocoa, black rye bread, lots of gingerbread and a certain spicy bitterness in the finish. Medium body, mainly dry. Brings me back to mom’s gingerbread at Christmas (and makes me sound a bit like Proust...). Quite nice.
KnutAlbert (6100) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nutmeg, ginger, cloves. Nice beer base underneath, bu this is not too balanced.
It is very Christmassy, and a nice enough tipple on its own, but I’d say it is too spicy for most food. For a stew or marinade?