larsga (6765) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium light beige head; dark brown body with carbonation. Sweet aroma of licorice and burnt malts with sugary notes. Very harmonic. Fruity. Deep sweet harmonic taste of burnt licorice and syrup with light grain and fruit notes and a touch of spice. Light a light, sweet spicy stout. Slightly oily mouthfeel. Bitter spicy wood aftertaste. Some alcohol heat. Very nice, if not typically Belgian; more like a Belgian/Scottish mix. (0.33l bottle.)
Hoser (370) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 19, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2008 A two year old aged one on tap at Kulimantor in Sept. Big notes of toffee and malt, very enjoyable. Page 190 of Michael Jackson’s only 381 out of his 500 Classic Brews to go.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark Brown with a chunky, lasting off-white head. Liquorice in the aroma, developing notes of sweet fruit and alcohol. Taste is rich and warming: plenty of alcohol, cognac, Christmas pudding, plums, muscatels, treacle toffee, candied orange peel, English custard, coffee, tiramisu, Seville orange bitterness. My Ratebeer #1000, and a very wonderful Christmas Ale worthy of a Dickens novel.
jacobwennbom (356) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with medium head. Sweet with lots of bitterness in the finnish. Caramell, toffee, chocolate in the flavour.
fonefan (39393) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. (Alc. 8.8%) Cloudy light brown (copper) color with a large good lacing ligth brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, mild coffe, milk chocolate, ( a bit like a very sweet irishcoofe with almost no whisky). Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet, light alcoholic. Body is medium to full, texture is creamy.
anders37 (19478) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark reddish/brown colour with a longlasting off-white head. Vinous aroma with some hints of caramel. Sweet malty caramel, toffee/chocolate flavor. Sweet warming finish with some spicy bitter aftertaste.
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue)> There are some pleasant christmassy flavours here rich malts, toffee liquorice and a little spice with hints of roast. Unfortunately all of this is quite well hidden behind the sweetness and alcohol.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate: 33cl bottle from Lowlander. Great looks, just about black with a head that vanishes just a little too swiftly. Lovely delicate yet complex beer. Almost tarty but with everything Xmas like that you would want. Good beer.
yespr (35937) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cL bottle. Pours almost black with white short lasting head. Smell of dark roasted notes. Taste is dominated by roasted malts, elements of chocolate/coffee and liquorice. Has sweet notes and bitterness beneath the roasted taste. Very nice beer.
altonbrownd (3909) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Nice tangy ale. Dark amber color. Strong taste of bread. Sweet and bitter flavor. Quite bitter in the finish. Enjoyable.