ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 1/15/2013. 11.2 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.
A: Pours an ultra-dark brown color. Not perfectly opaque, mind you, but nearly. The head is a two finger heavy cream color with nice texturing, before it settles to one finger. Nice retention, too.
S: There are a ton of roasted malts and coffee. Some chocolate pops up, as well, perhaps even a hint of smoke. It also smells hoppy, even - maybe it IS generously hopped? I mean, that character of grapefruit peel prominent in Cascade hops is unmistakable here.
T: Again, there’s a healthy flavor of grapefruity hops right there in the midtaste. It starts a bit chocolaty before the hops come in full (well, moderate) force. Finish is pure roasted barley. Generally, it’s mild in flavor; while this keeps the competing flavors in check, it makes it a bit dull. Luckily it’s not overly acidic as many well-hopped stouts/porters tend to be.
M: Hits the clean dryness typical of the style well, but the finish goes too far into being astringent. A bit insubstantial and undercarbonated in its feel; par for the course in many dry stouts. Great drinkability nonetheless.
O: And as I finish my glass, I notice the bottle cap somehow fell down in there. How the hell did that happen?! Oh well, this a fine offering. Not great, but fine.
anders37 (14755) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ yespr. Pours an almost black color with a small longlasting tan head. Has a roasted malty spicy chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty spicy chocolate and caramel finish.
Leini (431) - SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330 ml bottle. Dark brown body with a huge brown-tainted head. Notes of roasted malt, burnt wood, dark chocolate and licorice. Sold under the name "Christmas Velvet" which is totally stupid as there is nothing christmasy about this beer. Quite nice stout though.
Vighals (416) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
O’haras christmas velvet. Sort med høyt lys brunt skum, legger seg fort men blir der. Karamell og brent kaffelukt. Medium bitter. Noe merkelig blomsteraktig smak, jord morsomt! Medium- kullsyre.
Ungstrup (27700) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A åitch black beer with a huge brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, bread, and straw. The flavor is sweet with notes of straw, roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and bread, leading to a bittter finish.
yespr (28663) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cL bottle. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate, toasted and breadish dark malty. Mild tarish, roasted and chocolate. Thick malty and chocolate. Bitter and dark malty finish.
klas (166) - SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Systembolaget (22 SEK). Branded as O´Haras Christmas Velvet in Sweden and sold as a Christmasn seasonal brew. Good!
BeerSkull (1070) - SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle). Fresh but also soft aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste of roasted malt and chocolate, finished with flavors of salty liquorice and hops.
MikeJslc (636) - USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown, clear, tan head. Aroma: cocoa, baker’s chocolate, some biscuit, very light roast. Flavor: biscuity/cocoa malt, chocolate, very light roast. Easy-drinking.
Pyrmir (2428) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle. Black with off white head. Aroma roasted, slight acidic, burnt coffee and slight sweet vanilla. Taste is a bit dry, strong roasted notes, smooth mouthfeel with slight astringent notes. Better than expected!
Gr0ve (2078) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml bottle. Very dark brown, almost black. Light beige fine head that clings to the glass. Roasted dark malt aroma with heaps of acethaldehyde. Sweet nose. Lighter body, but texture is smooth. Roasted malt flavours and a nice lingering hop bitterness in the finish.