BillWyce (615) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From notes: tried two separate bottlings, and will compare/contrast here. Started with a 2007 bottling, sold in 2008. Poured ruby red with a small, thin off-white head. Aromas of dark candied fruit and caramel. Full-bodied, with a slight thickness to it. Still, not too heavy and a nice, lingering finish. Slight dryness and astringency to the finish. Flavors of dark cherry, candied fruit, mild caramel and maybe cola. Next, was a "fresh" 2010 bottling, sold for the 2011 holiday season. Appearance was identical. Aroma similar, but with more alcohol in the nose. Palate is significantly thicker and syrupy. All of the flavors are there, but are muted by a fairly strong note of alcohol. All-in-all, excellent, but worth aging if you have the patience. Wondering how much longer I should keep that 1995 bottle in my refrigerator...
Melker (171) - Varberg, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darker amber colour, small off-white head. Huge aroma of figs, caramel, apple, plums. Very much of everything but not the best balance. Taste was so sweet it’s insane! Som bitterness also and a long warming alcohol heat at the end.
Shot (43) - Westerville, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours reddish brown with a thin white head that quickly dissipates to a thin lace. Aroma is carmel malt. No hop aroma at all. Upfront flavors of candy apple, toffee, and candied fruit. Very little hop presence. Finishes with brown sugar, cherry, and an alcohol warmth. Syrupy mouthfeel that coats the tongue. With an alcohol level at 14%, this is definitely a sipper. Enjoyable, but sweet. I prefer a bit more hops. All in all, though, a very good winter warmer.
Loineshawn (3005) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2006 bootle stored in rotbox. aroma of sherry, raisins, deep potent grape drank. high boost mellowed nicely into a sweet grapey sherry port concoction. finish has an offputing cherry coughsyrup note. too damn sweet and cough syrupy.
gyllenbock (3674) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, vintage 2013.
Clear orange/amber with a minimal head. Aroma and taste of toffee, dried fruit, sugar, raisin, malt and brandy. Warming alcohol although not boozy. The body was thick. I quess that this will be even better with aging, say 5-10 years or something like that. This young bottle is a pleasant "winter warmer".
Tomy63 (136) - Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE - NOV 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bière rousse, avec un nez sur le sucre brun, le caramel, et quelques notes de fruits rouges cuits (un peu comme un porto) et des fruits secs. Elle fait très Noël. Bouche très puissante, très sucrée, sur la cassonade. Finale très longue, mais c’est une bière assez vite écoeurante.
Xenomorph (20) - - NOV 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pas de mousse, sirupeuse, très sucrée. Presque pas de bulles. Est-ce encore une bière ou est-ce une liqueur ? Persistance en bouche très longue, fait penser au Porto...
markextrae (426) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
shared bottle. poured a hazzy amber orange colour with a small short lasting white head. lot of plums and apples and caramel. verry sweet and boozy. thick viscosity. it’s not that special like they say
Martinus (2522) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright clear caramel colour, white dissipating head. Aroma of alcohol, malts, caramel, red fruits, raisins, hints of whisky. Sweet flavour, alcohol, lots of raisins. Finish sweet sultana raisins. Actually I didn’t like this beer one bit with the first whiff and sips, being quite harsh, but as you continue it grows on you, mellowing down in time and opening up into more subtle aromas. I can see this fitting with a nice piece of cheese, bit like a Pedro Ximinez.
(33cL bottle @ home. Bottled in 2012. Leftover from RBBSG, if I remember correctly from ThirstyBird. Thanks Rian!)
AgentAle (96) - - NOV 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma:very strong dark malty aroma
Taste: very profound malt flavor,sweet finish,! Waem alcohol mouth feel
Appearance: Amber body , sadly head disappears to nothing
mikedR (726) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, nice. Incredibly smooth. Very sweet malt flavor -- molasses perhaps? And what amazes -- not a nary note of untoward alcohol heat, even at 14%. A-
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