lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Style; glass: Strong Porter; snifter
25.4 fl oz x 8% ABV = 203.2 / 60 = 3.38 beers * 150 C = 507 calories (est.)
Purchased at: The Foodery. #rd and Arch, Phila, PA for $25.00
Aroma: citrus, cocoa, alcohol, roasted malts,
Visuals: fun, interesting, and intriguing packaging, the color of the remaining ashes of a burnt hearth, brown to black with a tan head, wholly opaque with a nice lace.
Taste: Sweet, then bitter, very much about coffee, chocolate, and dark roasted malts.
Palate: Well rounded mouthfeel, not drying.
Overall: An absolutely amazing brew. I’d have it again if I could afford it. A favorite.
77ships (3038) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Obviously 2007 Vintage – although no year is stated anywhere on the bottle. The label matches with the one that is shown on there on RB. The annual Mikkeller Christmas porter with spices which appears to be an annual but ever changing Christmas gift card beer from Mikkeller which dates al the way back to their early days. They were founded only in 2006 if I am not mistaken. 75 cl. bottle split by 5 @ Kulminator in Mikkeller tasting glasses. Pours black with not too long lasting mocha bubbles but that is to be expected. Usually I am not the biggest fan of vintage beers & even with the good ones with the exception of real sours, the nose disappoints but with this one the nose is frankly quite phenomenal. Am I finally getting the sherry notes of aged beers that everyone is always talking about? Crazy sherry mixed with sweet chocolate, nuts, candy, sugar, touch dark fruits, toffee,… very good. Taste has also held up quite well, way less bitter than the 2012 – I recently tried, only light bitterness, sweet chocolate, nuts, lots of candy, plenty of hazelnut, touch herbs, dark fruits, toffee, no aftertaste. Mellowed quite a bit & is probably soon going to fall but this is quite impressive. Body is medium & soon bound to fall, already showing signs but still fine for now.
Bamsen78 (1971) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (til Nils fra Julemanden). Pours cloudy dark brown with airy tan head. Dark aroma of malt, caramel and dried fruit. Significantly bitter taste of (roasted?) malt combined with the sweetness of caramel and dried fruit. Nice. Very nice.
RexTalionis (1989) - FINLAND - OCT 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 75 cl. Pours black in color with a dark brown head. Dark fruits as raisins and chocolate in aroma. Milk chocolate, roasted malts and hops in flavour.
boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (thanks to Angeloregon)... Poured jet black with a rocky forming, light brown head. A little thin on the body. Some big roasted, chared malt characters. A hint of smoke, peat. Some toasted sweetness, vanilla. Super smooth, hardly any alcohol tones yet it reminded me of a stiff cocktail. Roast, campfire, dark chocolate, fresh pressed coffee, toffee toasted sweetness.
kschep (1494) - DENMARK - DEC 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose is wine, port, some cedar wood, balanced roasted malt, weak late urinal cakes, feel is medium, carb Is quite low, taste is sweet alcohol, decent hazel, coffee, some sweet roasted malt, velvet alcohol note, earth,
patrick767 (3232) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle - Pours dark brown with a small light tan head. The aroma is of roast malt, dark fruit, and possibly some toffee. The flavor of this full-bodied brew is sweet and roasty with notes of chocolate. I’m not getting much spice. Maybe age has caused them to be more subdued. Very good brew despite that though.
Koelschtrinker (9488) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - SEP 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dichter Malzantrunk mit minimaler Säure. Die Malzigkeit wird intensiver, rund, der Alkohol ist gut versteckt. Vollmundig, leicht süß, würzig, leicht nussig. Auch im Abgang wenig säuerlich, vollmundig malzig. Viel zu trocken, sonst gut! 12/12/11/12/8/12
Hermod (2580) - Vantaa, FINLAND - SEP 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle @Kaisla, Helsinki. Poured black color with a beige head. Aroma has strong medicine notes, roasted malt and spices. Flavor has figs, christmas spices, roasted malt. Finish is quite dry, lots of strong coffee in it. Very nice porter.
gnoff (7030) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Haket during Gothenburg Beer Festival 2011
Sampled on Friday September 2, 2011
Dark red color, brown head. Sweet, malty, spicy scent. Sweet, spicy, alcohol taste. Moussy mouthfeel, low bitterness.
blafa (510) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Gothenburg Beer Festival 2011. September 2, 2011
Pours liquid brown with a tired airy white head. Big Christmas aromas with orange peel, cloves, spruce and tea. On top of that some rich velvet chocolate aromas. The body feels slightly weak after the big aroma and is a small let down, though the taste is still good. More spices, a light tartness. Very tasty - would be a perfect Christmas gift for me at least!