Sigmund (5796) - 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 (3265) - 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.
Bulk_Carrier (2781) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, 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 (4189) - 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 (2614) - 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.
Ed5388 (2557) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle (2012 vintage) shared by Phil at Crossroad Spirits. Thanks Phil. Pours a nice amber/brown color with a finger of frothy tan head. Aroma of rich caramel, light spices, and lots of malt. Taste is also very malty, sweet chewy caramel, and light spices. Good stuff
jbuskirk (683) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
There aren’t many winter beers that can match the appeal of Christmas ale. The rich dark brown color is beautiful. The aroma is fruity, spicy, and just a bit boozy. That taste? It’s got lots of toasted malt, sugar, dark fruit, and spice. A brilliant medley of flavor for a fireside nightcap.
elbernays (916) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 30, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ruby red. Nuts and sweet caramel. Spice in there. Flavour is big Nutty sweetness with cinnamon on finish. It’s too sweet for my taste. Low carbonation which takes away from it and it has a lot of water in it.
ken1 (1310) - DENMARK - DEC 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted 2011 version in december 2012. A nice floral aroma. Flavor is floral bitter with a well rounded aftertaste. Color is red amber with a white head.
wmubronco1992 (670) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (2011 vintage, 11/11/11 #1240). Pours a murky brown. Lots of particles floating around in there. Tan head with brown specs that look like dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Aroma is dark fruit. Flavor is combination of nuts, some dark fruit, and just a bit of roast. Texture is very creamy. Rarely does something exceed my expectations like this did. Definitely one the most satisfying beers I’ve had in a while. Almost drank it for Christmas 2012, but put it back in cellar to develop like the label said. Very very nice.