Stuu666 (1371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at xmas tasting. Chestnut brown, sweet toffee and caramel on nose, light carbonation, tastes sweet, caramel, bit of a harsh finish.
a_cross (593) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Superb retro festive label needs mentioning - I hope they never change it; deep red brown beer, little head to speak of with a few off white bubbles clinging to the edges; aroma is plum pudding, raisins, spices; taste is lovely dried fruit, brandy butter, spice, toasted malt; sweet, with a developing bitterness followed by a pleasing, almost savoury finish; most Chrismas beers are pale imitations of this; an unchanging Yuletide classic.
Douberd (1999) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 750 ml. Poured into a tulip. ABV 8.8%
Deep mahogany brown colour on a body, with red ruby shades. Two fingers of light brown head, thick, with average retention. Medium lacing left on the glass.
Aroma of red fruits, sugar, grapes, strong port or mayrodaphne wine notes.
Taste is quite sweet, very wine like. The alcohol very well hidden, this one goes down like water. Some toasted malts too, along with toffee like flavour.
Medium thick body, nice carbonation.
Overall not much different than other Belgian strong ales but very good in what it is.
beerandbeyond (655) - ISRAEL - DEC 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Clear deep russet with reddish hues, nice off white head.
Soft nose, some bread, caramel malt, faint floral notes and light spices.
Sweet heavy malt flavor, with dark caramel and juicy ripe fruit. Low bitterness, mellow spices.
Full bodied, thick but surprisingly not cloying, somewhat alcoholic but OK.
ElManana (204) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a hazelnut brown. Flat head. Nose is siruppy, bit of malt, slightly acidic, medicinal. Taste is rather pale, some alcohol, again some sirup and as good as no aftertaste that stays to linger. Quite flat.
msbernac (493) - POLAND - DEC 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance-dark amber, clear, white foam,
Taste-medium bitterness, light sweetness, lightly sour, lightly sour,
Palate-medium body, slick feel, soft carbonation, bitter finish
Sureshpa (277) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Black cherry, forrestfruits, little booze Appearance: Brown, clear, red glow, off white head, full lace Taste: Chestnutroast, red & dark forrest fruits, dark cherry, light dry finish, little booze
Theydon_Bois (7895) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, between Xmas day chores, acquired from the cellar at Kulminator - 2001 vintage, 25/12/13.
Opaque dark mahogony brown with a moderate light beige covering that dissipates and retains as a pond.
Nose carries a good level of oxidisation but coming through are also notes of date, prunes, toffee, fruit loaf and brown sugars.
Taste comprises rich Xmas cake, dates, brown sugar, hint of cocoa, leathery old sofa, tobacco, dates, prunes, figs, dark fruit cocophany, pinch of spice.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, easy drinking with a sweet closure.
Overall this has held up fairly well and I enjoyed drinking it, the initial over oxidised nose gave way to a complex fruit cake of a beer in the taste.
Not bad at all for the age, be interested to rate a fresh example!
EdKing (1786) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Beermerchants.com. Pours ruby red, off white head. Nose is big toffee, boiled sweet, barley sugar, bit cheesy, dark fruit, burnt sugar/caramel. Taste is malty, boiled sweet, caramel, burnt sugar, roasty malt, slight ripe fruit tanginess, prune, fig, slight nuttiness and in the finish there’s a touch of yeast extract, saltiness.
MarcoDL (1974) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty aroma. Tastes malty as well, with some chocolate and caramel sweetness and some fresh spices.