pintbypint (3328) - Edmonton, Alberta, - FEB 10, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml brown bottle, corked. Best before 03/08/09, I think this bottle was intended to be consumed at Xmas ’08? Poured a dark amber/brown colour, fairly clear with a few suspended yeast particles. Beige head faded fast leaving only a thin ring around the sides of the glass. Powerful nose, lots of toffee, brown sugar, alcohol and a hint of vanilla. Flavour has a hint of dark fruit, toffeeish malt, brown sugar and chocolate. Cherry and chocolate in the finish. Low, but noticeable dash of bitterness. Some alcoholic warmth and dryness with an almost woody feel on the tounge. Full bodied, nice fine beaded carbonation, all around nice mouthfeel. This has aged well.
ordybill (1340) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2016
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from the tap at the Taco Mac in Cumberland, GA. The appearance is a dark reddish-brown color with a small off-white head. The aroma is fruit and cinnamon with some black licorice. Has a very nice flavor of licorice and the alcohol blends in well.
tsd08460 (838) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Cork & Fork in Gainesville VA
Aroma: licorice, caramel, dark fruits
Appearance: clear mahogany with a beige head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: full body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish,
koleminer20 (2591) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle shared by ebone1988 for the damn book. 2014 vintage. The pour is a light black with hints of garnet and ruby shining through. There is a large cream colored head that falls down to a thin film leaving some good lacing. The aroma is really interesting. There is a bright fruitiness and a big spice. This is definitely like a potpourri thing. The spiciness, the fruitiness and a light molasses. The flavor is extraordinarily floral. This is like drinking nectar and chewing on flower petals. Christ. This tastes like I just stole the little flower girl’s basket and threw down because I was high. The floral is just too much. There is a decent spice and a light fruit, but you’re not touching the flowers. The mouth feel is a little thicker and nicely carbonated with a lingeringly sweet molasses and floral finish. Not awful.
ebone1988 (1414) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with koleminer20, for the book. 2014 vintage. Aroma is fruity, spice, malt, potpurri, floral, molasses, sweet and nice. Appearance is brown red, light light tan head, hazy. Taste is fruity, floral, very floral, some spice, some figs and other dark fruit, but mostly it tastes like a basket of potpourri. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, floral dark fruit aftertaste. Overall, this would be better if it wasn’t so flowery.
arsol (989) - NORWAY - AUG 9, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Svart garge med lys beige skum. Lukter karamellmalt og litt krydderier. Den er lagret siden november 2013. Fyldig og smaker litt krydder og også litt alkohol. Litt bitter avslutning.
mice (816) - FINLAND - AUG 8, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Punertavan tummanruskea olut vaaleahkolla, kivasti pitsiä jättävällä mutta aika nopeasti katoavalla vaahdolla. Tuoksu jouluisen luumuinen, toffeisen karamellinen, lakritsinen sekä aniksinen, vaniljainen ja jopa aavistuksen hunajainen. Maku vahvan lakritsinen ja aniksinen, vaniljainen, mausteinen ja hieman kaardemummainen. Aika hiilihappoinen, mutta samalla täyteläinen ja hieman alkoholisen lämmittävä. Pehmeää juotavaa ja mainio kokonaisuus. Joulun kynttilänvalon kajastamiin herkutteluhetkiin.
mariuspoenari (1689) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2016 2008 vintage shared by kermis. Dark caramel with a thin tan head. Notes of caramel, fudge, licorice, sherry. Smooth texture, medium body, low carbonation and a sticky sweet aftertaste.
sjogro (2846) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2008 bottle shared by kermis at cellar cleanout tasting at deanso’s. Sweet caramel malts, fudge, raisans, licorice, toffee. Big sweet, mild bitter. Full body, smooth creamy texture, soft carbonation. Great stuff. Age this!
AntonyWilson (147) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JUL 24, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
750ml bottle: Pours a deep garnet red with a small tan head. Aroma of Christmas cake, spice and fruit. Tastes of cloves and fruit cake. Low bitterness with a full body. Low carbonation. Overall too much like Christmas cake, which I’m not a fan of, however, should tick all the boxes for other peeps.
Iznogud (2614) - CROATIA - JUL 2, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 330 ml, from MBR, shared with Miro. Pours deep brown with tan head. Malty, spicy, caramel, licorice, bunch of spices, mint, candyish. Sweet. Reminds me of Bronhi - well known Croatian candy. Quite complex, medium to full bodied. Very good brew even though I’m not a big fan of spices mix which was used.