larsga (5812) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium offwhite head. Hazy reddish brown body with light
carbonation. Deep spicy perfumy sherry aroma with herbal
linoleum and honey notes. Dryish cardamom and honey taste with
perfumy spicy soy sauce notes. Mid-to-full body. Mild, soft,
smooth mouthfeel. Dry honey and soy sauce aftertaste with spicy
cardamom and cloves notes, with a background of linoleum and
chocolate. Really nice. Well balanced and harmonic. (0.65l
bottle, from ... I forget where. 2009 vintage.)
fattybladdy (359) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, pours a deep copper. Taste is caramel and bready malts, a little dark ftuit. Some light spice, not overdone like most christmas ales.
AndyW68 (705) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark copper pour. Aroma of caramel, pine and spice. The taste is sweet front and bitter back. Not bad, but there are many better christmas beers out there.
bth122 (1026) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Copper color. Aroma has spices with caramal malt. Medium light sweetness, light bitterness. Average carbonation. Pretty good.
Ostomo517 (73) - Norton Shores, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a nice dark amber color, good creamy head. Huge malty vanilla nose, flavor as well, just a mouthfull of malt. I can stand a few around the holidays but definately not a year round one.
flying_pig (757) - SCOTLAND - FEB 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£3.00):
Sweet with some good caramel malts and dried fruits. There is a nutty aroma too and a fair bit of spice too, this is backed up with some subtle hops.
Dark ruby to copper colour with a pinky sized, bubbly and tan brown head that has nice retention and leaves some nice lacing too.
Sweet with a few caramel malts and some dried, darker fruits, notably some cherries, figs and plum. There is also a touch of hops that comes across lighter than it did on the nose. Quite creamy and with a lot of spice, there is also some brown sugar.
Medium to full body with a creamy mouthfeel and a good balance between the sweet malts and the bitterness with the faintest of alcohol tastes right at the end, this is all rounded off with a nice touch of hops.
Definitely something different and not at all what I was expecting when I learnt that this one was a brown ale. It wasnít as malty as I was expecting and there was more hops too, that and it was sweeter than your usual brown ale in my opinion.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I would rate this higher because I like the nutmeg and spicy tones but there is this weird mocha flavor which doesnít appeal to me. 2012 bottle.
vmilaxer29 (397) - North Dakota, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2012 12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Hazy deep brown ruby-ish color with "floaties" and small tan head. Aroma is Belgian yeast, nuts and sweet malt. Taste is roasty caramel malt, dark fruit, spices and some hop bitterness. Medium body and creamy mouthfeel. Nice.
BillHick420 (372) - North Dakota, NORWAY - FEB 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with tanned head. Some nose of coffee and spices (nutmeg?). Strong aroma of licorice, some coffee, spices, and somethings I canít identify, but have tasted before. Good beer!
TwinBeer (58) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bonus bottle thanks Aaron. Pours dark brown with a velvet hughes and light brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of dark fruit and very malty. Tastes carmel and raisin with a nice belgian yeast, and is a hot beer that is good on a cold xmas night. overall this is a good beer but be careful because it can come up and bite you.