ignorant (50) - madrid, SPAIN - FEB 16, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong Dark Ale deep dark ruby red almost garnet. Cloudy, compact and abundant carbonation. little bubble. Mousse of soft cream tone but poor retention as their 10.5º noticeable and do not help to hold the foam in spite of having a good level of carbon, which quickly disappears leaving a thin layer.
Very aromatic and complex. Malty character, sweet, fruity and spicy. notes of chocolate, licorice, anise, currants, berries, prunes and nuances of spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or yeast own appear ..
Teran (273) - Belgrade, SERBIA - FEB 14, 2016
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Nice chestnut red colour, clear with good beige top. Tobacco, licorice, malt, candy brown sugar caramel, anise, etc. Very nice taste, superb aroma. Distinguished Christmas beer. Sugar is high, but for Christmas it must be.
Linnet (1625) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yeasty, tobaccco, licorice, fruity, raisins, alcohol, brown/reddish colour, small beige head.
Heavy sweetness, lightly bitter, salty, yeasty and warming, ABV evident.
Fullbodied, lively carbonation, salty and warming sweetish finish.
blackisle (1914) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2016
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33cl. Opaque dark brown with red hue, small frothy tan head, settles quickly, light lacing; at first strong spicy aroma, licorice, anise, cinnamon, allspice, candy sugar; taste is heavy sweet, roasted malts, licorice, toffee, sugary, amaretto, with long duration, aftertaste is sweet, licorice, light roasted, burned caramel, alcohol; full-bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation; special and opulent brew, very spiced and certainly over the top.
djoeye (3195) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Look; fawny beige top on dark brown-ruby body.
Aroma; sugar, wheat, dough, liquorice, leaves, grass.
Taste; fruits, anise-liquorice, brown malts, sugar, leaves -
sweet malty finish, liquoriced prunes.
Feels well bodied, soft.
Overall very sweet cough mixture.
[33cl btl 10.5%abv BB.21.9.2018]
Rubin77 (844) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 13, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
F: good, off-white, average retention.
C: very dark red to dark brown, clear.
A: malt, anise-spicy, caramel, yeast.
T: malt, very anise, orange, cloves, caramel, dried fruits, red fruits, brown sugar, liquorice, hint of plums, full body, good carbonated, very good beer worth to try.
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
2010 750ml bottle pours a dark brown with an off white head. nice Belgian yeast taste with a winter spice finish
mmk (44) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught @ Zwarte Doos (Eindhoven). Dark brown clear beer with solid head. Very spicy nose, kardemom, cinnamon, caramel and malts. Taste a bit sweet but not overly so. Spices and malts nicely balanced. Aftertaste caramel and malts and pepper. Very long lasting.
Raymonnezza (13) - - JAN 11, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great Christmas beer! Good taste, and superlative licorice aftertaste.
Splendid foam and colour
Dacrza (816) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
DATE TASTED: January 10, 2016... GLASSWARE: Affligem chalice... OCCASION: a low-key, high-family Sunday... APPEARANCE: dark burgundy/brown body that releases light only when held to it...head is cloudy with a marshy topography... small bubbles and some lily pads, but more head than expected from a beer fronting a 10+ ABV... AROMA: heavy on the anise, with spruce also making this a formidable brew to encounter... fig, fruitcake, plum and some pungent scents too... PALATE: begins with a vibrant, virile rush at the teeth, before approximating cola mid-body... the finish is lingering with warmth and weight... TASTE: anise-heavy licorice, plum, dates and fig ramp up the sugar rush, while earthy hops allude to a brown ale base...some toasted elements add to a wintry feel... OVERALL: a veritable dessert in itself, this beer ponies up the fruit bowl and purees that into a sweet, sugary winter warmer...I made the mistake (?) of gifting two friends with this before trying it myself, but no mistake after all--the cork and cager delivers with strength and flavor... I would rate this higher, but its core flavors (see above) are not ones I seek out when eating or drinking--no insult to this brew...