beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Everything about this beer seems to be black - color is a super blackened ruby oil capped by a tall, softly whipped yet lumpy, cinnamon dusted, light tan head. Settles off to a thin, uneven skim and the lacing is whimsically placed in thin and webby broken sheeting.
Aroma is airy and pleasantly soft yet robust of black licorice, dirt, and the blackest of black malts without much sweetness at all. Cindering hints of bright pepper phenols and anise percolate right over the top.
Taste nearly mirrors the aroma with a tender sweet black malt, fainter dark fruity nuances, and cola sryup masked in a ever present black licorice spice. Finishes with shadowy cinnamon, anise, ginger, minty skoal tobacco juice, earthy pine needles; quick, yet muffled, phenol laced alcoholic heat, some leftover cola sweetness and a drying of light throat burning sweetness.
Complexly characterized in girth that sits just above a medium body but somehow keeps a general softer sweetness and spice that’s magnificently handled. Lots of subtle spicy layering and a finely heated throat burn, belly warming, and mind-boggling play between sweet and dark; and, warm and spicy. Fun stuff. It really grows on ya as you engage in its presence.
Even with all its finely set warming and spice this makes for a really nice drinker and an even finer treat. I’m becoming more of fan to these Noel/Winter Warmer-type brews and I’m thinking Winter isn’t really that bad here in MN as long as I have this kind of beer around to keep me company.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tart cherry and dark fruits in abundance all malt and yeast derived. great malt complexity, with a silky smooth praline and nuts mouthfeel. Some Orang blossom and lemon zest notes on a coriander and basil spice mid body. Great finish with some liquorice and dark caramel notes with Turbinado sugar sweetness.
Psylocke (91) - st-constant, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
That is a good beer with a taste of artificial blueberry and smooth taste i could drink plenty of this one. And i think that its marvelous with a piece of dark chocolate
GonZoBeeR (2926) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma:Sugar,alcohol,blueberry,caramel and candy...
Appearance:Brown good head...
Flavor:Sugar,candy,blueberry and alcohol...
This is a great beer.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good complex aroma, malts, sugars, a little bit of apple. The color is a dark amber with a beige head. The flavor is a sweet caramel with strong hints of alcohol. The mouthfeel is sticky. Quite a nice mellow beer.
crazyvin (1940) - New York, USA - FEB 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured a brownish red thin tan head. Sweet alcohol and malt notes a slight bubblegum presence. Some roasted malt notes and a sweet finish. easy drinking yet filling.
rauchbier (3610) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle conditioned, at Essen Kerstbierfestival 2004. Deep red brown, thin off white head and moderate condition. Sweet caramel, butterscotch and a hint of liquorice in the nose. Alcohol, caramel and butterscotch with a gentle roasted bitterness in the mouth and a slightly burnt note in the finish.
envane (567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From memory, I can’t really tell the difference between this and regular Carolus. Maybe a little more alcoholic. I am ashamed to admit I just love the decadent Carolus sweetness - the citrus/coriander really balances it out.
Padron4KM (535) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle no date code, poured into a grottenbier glass.
Pours the color of maple syrup, with a creamy short lived head.
Alcohol floats on top
Big fruity aroma, melons, dates, raisins, with some brown sugar and spice thrown in for good measure.
Flavor is sweet, prunes, oranges, anise, candied fruit. a little pithy on the finish.
after it warms it takes on a cream sherry like feel. almost a dessert wine type beer.
ABV is well hidden, so use caution when drinking.
eloid (9) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2005 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby color with a creamy head fading quickly.
A very estery nose (pineapple, citrus), very malty, a lot of curaçao there, thick coating mouth, pretty complex with this dominance of bitter orange.
it finishes very long, with all the alcohol creating a feeling of Grand Marnier...
Nice holliday beer.