taunusmies (335) - FINLAND - DEC 21, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Spicy and rich aroma with cinnamon and malts. Smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonated. Good choice for social drinking situations.
spporras (259) - FINLAND - DEC 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle BB 02/10/08) Spicy (e.g., cinnamon) and malty aroma. Red brown colour, hazy and brownish, large, thick, slightly lasting head with good lacing. Spicy (cinnamon) and malty flavour. Medium-bodied and lively carbonated palate. 25/11/06
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
0,33 l bottle. Ruby color with thick tan head. Strong cinnamon aroma with notes of clove and caramel. Strong cinnamon and ginger flavor giving long woody finish. Sweetish and rather thick. Brings to mind some chinese sauces. The spices are over the top, but this get better towards the end. I guess it takes some time to get used to the spices.
ako (166) - Turku, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Forms an intense head before settling down to a quite beautiful bit murky reddish brown. Spicy aroma, rather pleasant. Flavor has hints of clove, a little yeasty.Goes down smooth. A little special, but not that special in terms of excellence.
fonefan (39393) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark muddy brown color, good steady tan head. Spicey aroma of cinnamon, cloves and yeast. Slightly sour. Orange-spicy, yeasty flavor with smooth, sweet maltiness and some hops in the background. Mild hops in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied.
Tranquillity (1454) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Smells a bit of alcohol and nuts. Hazy nut brown, thick head which stays through the glass. Tastes smoke, long satisfying bitter finish.
TBone (14267) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled (BB 10/2008).
Dark muddy brown colour, good steady tan head. Spicey aroma: cloves, cinnamon, also yeast is evident there. Medium-bodied. Very christmasy-spicey: cinnamon and clove. Nice malt profile, just enough spicey and hoppy to make this very drinkable XMas beer. Mild hops in the aftertaste. Not Swaf!-like as 4.5% version.
oh6gdx (22982) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught (5.5%). Dark ruby/amber, almost opaque colour. Huge beige head, which also leaves some lacing. Spicy aroma with hints of hopsand some grassyness. Flavour is spicy with hints of clove. Also hints of grassiness and caramel. A bit oily palate.
Bottled (6.5%). Colour is hazy dark brownish ruby coloured, with a big foamy head. Leaves a lot of lace. Aroma is orange, spices, some slight cinnamon and yeast. Once it gets warmer the cinnamon gets strong. Also clove is present. Flavour is cinnamon and clove with some dry fruity hints. Orange, malts and some slight caramel become present once it warms up a bit. Spices in aftertaste. Xmas beer indeed. Refreshing, and lovely in my opinion. De proef -made beer, only for Finnish market (for the importers Diamond Beer). This will be bought again for Xmas, and maybe even a few bottles for aging.
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottled) Very hazy, dark ruby red color with a smallish, but tight and creamy, tanned, lasting and lacy head. Strong aroma of cloves, oranges, and some chocolatey malt. Slightly sour. Orange-spicy, yeasty flavor with smooth, sweetish maltiness and some hops in the background. Dryish ashiness in the finish with hints of orangeish acidity. Medium-bodied, soft palate with smooth carbonation. A bit too spicy, but quite smooth, full and enjoyable brew. Way better than the diluted 4.5% version, and without the ginseng feel. I could actually drink one of these on Xmas eve.