blankboy (6787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at íDecember at DougShoemakerís 2005í -- courtesy of ?. Pours a very bubbly dark amber with an average size foamy white head. The aroma is all sugary malt and alcohol and I found it too sweet. Flavour of caramel malt, dark fruit and alcohol is also overly sweet. I donít know, I either wasnít in the right mood or this beer just isnít for me but, I hate to say this word again, itís just too sweet.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
25 ml bottle from bevmo. Pours deep amber with a generous off-white head. Aroma is rich, fruity malts, with hints of molasses and a strong alcohol presence. Flavor features sweet fruity malts, figs with bread and an alcohol bite in the finish. Full body and creamy smooth carbonation. Qutie good.
SSSteve (4007) - - DEC 10, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
apples, caramel, dark fruit, toffee, brandy. hazy orange amber with a large orange head. strong alcohol and very warming. stupid corks.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg @ Akkurat, Stockholm. Vintage 2004
Not at all as sweet as I thought it would be. Herbs and blonde raisins dominates the taste untill the alcohol content grabs you in the aftertaste. Belly warming.
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a very cloudy brown color with a head that serves as a thin film across the beer. Aroma of sweet malt and a citrusy zest. Flavor is of candy, alcohol, and figs. Warming palate with a silk alcohol finish. This is good.
MPA (866) - Amager (form. NÝrrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 9, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Nice head! After a good pour it settles and stays on as a thin layer of carbon frosting. Makes one think of decorated honningkager (honey cakes). Sweet malt and alcohol hits the nose with this one! Too much alcohol after my opinion. Also a little yeast. Flavour is caramel and alcohol - a veritable fitness workout: do you feel the burn?! Palate finishes quite nice. Overall a nice beer. I might wanna save the second bottle Iíve got, for a few years. It would probably go well with this one.
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (250ml). Poured deep orange-amber with a decent foamy-creamy lasting head. Aroma of all sorts of candies and malt, spicy and even some evergreen resin - smells like Christmas! Taste is of licorice, ribbon candy, malt, tons of alcohol, scotch pine needles - really does remind me of Christmas as a kid. Mouthfeel very syrupy and sugary, long linger, starts candy-sweet and ends a bit bitter, long finish, very nice, glad it wasntí a big bottle!
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber colour, off white head. Some sweet aroma, flowers. Full body, some malts. Bitter finish. The 12% is not really clear. A good beer.
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A lovely dark amber color with a perfect appearance, in my opinion. Just the right carbonation level and looks lovely in my Gouden Carolus glass. For 12.5%, hardly noticeable alcohol. Very malty flavor profile, a little sticky, definite Belgian yeast strain flavor. A nice holiday winter warmer.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2005 Powerful. Nice inviting flavor and aroma. Dried apricots and citrusy bittering hops put up a nice facade as the 13% pushes its way through onto the palate to deliver the trademark warmth and body that this brewery always promises to deliver. Imagine biting into a brandy soaked fruit cake.