Nilz (371) - Glasgow, - JAN 19, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
My bottle had a variant of the label shown & 7.3%. A dark cloudy ruby with a thin light head. Aroma spicy fruit. Taste some toffee, spicy apple and a fruit cake-like note. Fine enough but for me there were other 2012 Christmas ales that I preferred.
Stuu666 (1711) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, 2011 vintage. Pours copper, light toffee, pine, dried fruit, caramel.
generallee08 (621) - New York, USA - JUN 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It has a beautiful deep crimson red body with very good clarity. The head on top has a creamy off white color and a thick, frothy texture. It also hangs on well and leaves loads of thick clingy lacing on the glass. The aroma had a much stronger hop presence than I was expecting. It had a very solid pine like hop character with a touch of holiday spice underneath it. First up is a firm hit of hops which bring good earthy and citrusy/pine notes and bitterness. With the hops also comes a solid backing of sweet toasted caramel maltiness. From here spice notes like nutmeg, cinnamon and maybe some bitter orange peel, creep in and add some more depth of flavor. All of these flavors seem to come together and balance each other in the slow lingering finish. The palate has a good firm medium to full body and texture with nice active carbonation.
Acknud (1078) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a brown amber with a soft head. Aroma of spice and malt. Taste is warming with winter spices and malt. Even though this was the 2012 vintage it still tasted fresh.
davey101 (655) - Connecticut, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2011. Layer of sediment in the bottle. 09/26/11 1642. Pours a murky brown with a finger of khaki foam. Nose is baked bread, toffee, yeast and Christmas spices. Touch of earthy hops. Taste is caramel, bread, standard pie spices and a touch of oxidation. Medium bodied and a little thin. Not a bad vintage at all but certainly on the way down the hill.
DrewFace (732) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
2011 bottle found in the rot closet. Pours an opaque dark reddish color with small tan head. Big sweet malt aroma, caramel, spices, belgiany character. Sweet, watery, oaky (?), some chocolate and spice notes. Overall, just a weird mess. Too much going on and not in a good way.
czar (4159) - 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 (1608) - 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 (702) - 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 (2315) - 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 (5157) - 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.