fonefan (35088) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 500ml. @ ChrisO Snow Tasting.
Clear dark brown colour with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, chocolate, roasted, sweet chili fruit, earthy notes. Flavour is moderate to light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, sweet chili, light chili burn. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
oh6gdx (20392) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled (from Ales By Mail). Quite much black colour with a mediumsized beigeish brown foamy head, that leaves nice lace. Aroma is mild spices, some slight cooked vegetables, roasted malts along with some nuttyness. Flavour is smoked malts, mild spicyness along with some ripe fruits and mild toasted notes. A slight burn in the aftertaste, so quite a nicely balanced spiced beer. A bit thin and "empty" compared with the other 12 stouts of xmas from 2012. Still nice balance with the chili, as itís not overly done as many of them chili beers are.
madmitch76 (15120) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
14th April 2013
Opaque dark brown beer, tidy pale tan head. Palate is slightly soft and dry. Dry dark malt, mild smoke and subtle dark chocolate. Medium chilli bite. Finishes dry with chilli still sizzling well in to the aftertaste. Okay.
cgarvieuk (14542) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home ... 2012 12 Stouts of Christmas ... dark black ... thinest lacing ... soft roast ... dark chocolate ... light chilli nose ... nice mellow chocolate roast ... dark roast ... soft malts ... ligth chilli
Leighton (11122) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Bruceís, London - yet another rarity from Jack. Pours dark brown with a fine, creamy beige head. Dark malts and hints of green pepper in the nose. Light sweet flavor, some dark chocolate, light salted pork, some peppery heat. Light dark malts, some moderate heat in the throat, subtle dark chocolate, low bitterness. The heat is restrained enough so that the beer remains quite drinkable. Interesting, decent.
FatPhil (9363) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2013 500ml bottle (Snow@ChrisO) (7:4:7:4:15=3.8)
Very nice rich roast aroma. Full palate. Only a gentle burn, the chiliís in good balance with the malts. Classic BBF stout, and the additions fit in well this time.
500ml bottle - shared by VastActiv - thanks! (7:4+:6+:4:14=3.5++)
More dull than before. Nice coffee aroma. Way more phenolic than the blackcurrant, but not exactly smoky. More coffee than choc in the aroma. Pretty OK stout, but no wow. Chilli is nice and subtle in the late finish.
Theydon_Bois (8743) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home (from Bristol Online) 26/12/12.
Pours a very dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head that soon escapes to the edge and leaves a film in the centre.
Nose is light roast malt, touch of cardboard, dark fruit, touch of toffee, green pepper, hint of chilli and spice.
Taste comprises dark lightly roasted malts, chilli, spice, dark fruit backbone, touch of dark chocolate.
A little thin and watery on the palate with a touch of fizzy carbonation.
Whilst it pulls off the chilli flavour well and isnít OTT in the burn, I felt a bit short changed on this one namely as it was too watery and also lacked depth.
DruncanVeasey (7203) - NUNEATON, Top 22, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Here we go then- first beer from the í12 Stouts of Christmasí selection box. Lasted all of 30mins in the fridge before I cracked it. Pours oily black with a nicotined swell of foam. Good burnt milk, smoked haddock poached in spiced milk aroma with a jerky, peppery meatiness about it. Well-pitched spiciness on the palate that neither overwhelms or shies away from warming the lips and tongue; fine underpinning chocolate, burnt wood and and grilled Med veg notes; more of that peppery, smoky burnt haddock milk scraped off the bottom of the wok. Spicy as raw ginger, maybe slightly hotter. Canít fail to love this if you love beer, love chilli and love smoked stuff. Right up my alley.
Scopey (6909) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at ChrisO Snow tasting. It pours near black with a medium off-white head. The nose is roasted malt, toast, faint spice, caramel and red pepper. The taste is roasted malt, light chilli heat, smoke, spice, vegetal and earth with some heat in the finish. Light-medium body and moderate carbonation. Interesting, but I would have preferred a bigger body to carry the spice. Ok.
rosenbergh (6849) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle. BB 20/11/2013. Courtesy of VastActiv. Thanks!
Black colour with a small tan head.
Roasted malt and mild chili aroma in the nose.
Warming chili, berries and roasted malt in the flavour. No smoky notes.
Warms a lot. Some chili taste in the flavour would have been nice.