Nurmis (387) - Oulu, FINLAND - JAN 17, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle from alko. Hazy brown with small tanned head. Aroma is mostly roasted malts, little caramel, little hops. Medium sweet and light bitter. Quite dry.
DwarfeD (2718) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle at home. Hazy dark amber with a medium slightly off-white head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Well balanced sweet and bitter tones. Caramel, malts, spices, dried fruits and herbs. Quite a nice English ale.
DraftDodger (1083) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copenhagen 13/1 2016. 50 cl bottle from Meny. Very golden and purple label - far from the colours I usually relate to a dreary Scandinavian winter. Pours clear reddish brown with small white head. Disappears almost immediately leaving only thin remnants of foam. Aroma is sweet with caramel, berries, brown sugar and a hint of fruity tartness. Soft carbonation and slightly thick palate. Taste is quite sweet and dominated by sugary caramel and spicyness. Light bitterness ensures that it does not get cloying. If you associate winter with mulled wine, slippers and a crackling gire this beer will fit right in.
blackisle (2043) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 50cl. Clear briljant amber brown, small foamy light tan head, mostly diminishing, fair lacing; aroma roasted malts, light cocoa, caramel, dried dark fruits; taste is medium sweet and bitter, average to long duration, malty, toffee, hops, sweetbitter aftertaste, toffee and spicy notes, quite dry in the finish; medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation; a well-balanced and solid malty ale.
Vighals (3167) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orangebrun klar med høyt beige skum. Lukter bær, lett karamell og et hint kaffe. Søt smak, kandis, noe brent. Kort noe bitter avslutning.
MelvinKalksma (946) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malts, caramel, hops, fruit.
Slightly turbid amber/brown beer with a slight off-white head.
Medium sweet and slightly bitter with malts, caramel, hops and fruit.
axl (564) - Lund, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. Clear shiny brown with small beige head. Malty aroma with caramel, nuts, almonds, toffee and bread. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, lightly roasted malts and bread. Light, maybe somewhat thin mouthfeel, light carbonation snd slight bitter aftertaste.
SinH4 (3115) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber color with small tan head. Aroma is bitter caramel malts, earthy Old World hops, and nuttiness. Taste is intense on the bitter caramel, toffee, overall quite dry, but with a heavy maltiness, bitter "black tea"-like finish. Exactly how you’d imagine a malt-heavy UK Pub Ale. I imagine that this would pair nicely with a christmas pudding.
craftbeersweden (574) - SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2015
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear, dark amber with a small beige head.
Nose: Nuts, malt, caramel and toffee.
Taste: A lot of malt. Dried fruit. Caramel. Bread and grain.
Mouth: Very dry. A little tea-like bitterness. Light body. Medium carbonation.
It´s absolutely ok but not what I want...
I think I have a few bottles left. Maby they will pair better with some Christmass food - We’ll see!
MrTipple (3588) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: grain, cereal malts, biscuit, toffee, caramel. Appearance: clear, dark brown, massive, frothy, off-white head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: malty sweets continue, light roasted malts, some bitters appearing, intensifying and finishing bitter, flat carbonation. Overall: nice ESA, excellent aroma. Bottle from brewery shop, Chiswick.