czar (3811) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 vintage. pours hazy almost cloudy light brown-reddish a creamy light beige-orange head, some retention and lacing. fruity belgian malts - figs and spices, dense and complex caramel, nutty and tobacco-plenty, yeasty, moderate sweetness - brown sugar, demerara, woodsy notes. moderate carbonation, light to medium body - oily, woodsy-astringent-grassy-spicy finish. belgian more than a brown ale. spicy. figgy. belgian. nice.
weaselkenievil (1234) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home, 2011 Christmas. Pours a murky chestnut brown with a pale yellow / off white head. Subtle aroma of caramel, dried fruit, little spice. Flavour caramel malts, some hops, not huge on Christmas cheer but an ok beer.
Holmen2 (425) - NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
2012 vintage. 7,3%. Unclead brown. Little head. Aroma of dates and other dried fruits. Similar taste and aftertaste with orange marlelade, pale toffee and sweet vanilla.
Holmen1 (2020) - Stavanger, NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Flaske (11.05.12), 7,3%: hm, litt svak aroma sier Sigmund og vi nikker alle bekreftende. Uklar og lite skum. Smak av litt sure plommer kombinert med maltsødme. Ikke god, ikke dårlig, bare litt kjedelig.
gunnar (4875) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared bottle at local tasting. Pours hazy brown with a small white head. Weak aroma of caramel and toffee, spices. Taste is light sweet, malts and red ripe fruits, Fresh mouthfeel.
Sigmund (4830) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared bottle at local tasting, from Voldby Købmandsgaard. 2012 vintage, 7.3% ABV. Weak aroma, brown malts and bread, hints of stale jam. The flavour is better than the aroma, malty with a slightly warming mouthfeel. Hints of spices. Okay, but not really impressive.
abemorsten (2502) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
355 ml bottle kindly shared by Sigmund. 2012 vintage ABV 7,3%. Muddy nut orange body, no head. Dried dates and figs on the nose. Sweet and papery. Full bodied and flat. Alco warmth.
hockeybeerguy (917) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance had a dark brown colored body yielding a big foamy two finger white head that appears and settles to a half finger giving way to some nice lacing left behind in rings. No carbonation is seen rising due to the dark body.
The smell was based around some caramel, bread, and malts.
The taste takes those previously mentioned aromas to make it exceptionally sweet. There’s a slight toastiness coming out as well.
On the palate, she sat about at a medium with a dry finish and a sticky aftertaste.
Overall, not bad for a American Brown Ale that’s a seasonal. I’d probably get it again, but not necessarily need it for the Christmas season.
rumproasts (2596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. 2011 vintage. rich brown ale with caramel malt. mild hops and substantial holiday spice.
MadIndian (2306) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle gift from SJ. Goose Island is becoming one of my top 10 breweries. Nice blend of roast, spice, fruit and caramel. Finish was mild hoop and some medium spice. It was good for this time of year.