pintbypint (2273) - 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.
SuperTiti33 (231) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Brune au reflet rouge. Nez: anis. Caramel. Malt. Fruit confit. Menthe. Bouche: onctueuse. Très sucré. Épicé. Dominance-anis. Girofle. Bien caramélisé. Riche. Vanille. Fruité. Figue. Un vrai bon dessert de Noël!
mikkellund42 (433) - Vejle, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours opaque brownish black with small offwhite head. Aroma is heavy mint, light licorice (licorice cough drops), anise, dough, malt, caramel and hints of metal, ripe fruit and caramelised figs. Taste is light to medium sweet, light bitter and light acidic. Body is light oily with sparkling carbonation. Finish is long with notes of brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, mint, cardamom, coriander seeds, sweet licorice, anise, hints bitter grapefruit. Very good complexity yet well balanced.
KennethArd (120) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Intense aroma of liquorice. Brown with large long lasting head. Taste of liquorice, smoke & syrup. Medium body with creamy texture & soft carbonation.
deanhollman (5) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very punchy with an aniseed spirit flavour. Very complex flavours. Would have again. Not a quick drinker
k0mpsa (729) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from alko järvenpää. Hazy dark brown color, light brown head. Aroma is strong licorice and salmiakki, spices, sweet notes. Balanced sweet body, licorice, salmiakki, spices.
Erasmus_ro (1061) - Alabama, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle @ #HPJ-13, thanks dlite. Pours a dark brown with a decent, off-white head. Aroma is a whole load of aniseed. Liquorice, dark malty bread. Taste is quite sweet. Loads of aniseed, liquorice, salty liquorice. Dark breadiness as well as dark fruits. Prunes and dates. Full, quite carbonated.
laboko (7) - - DEC 6, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Super strong ale, duft af anis og tipas alf i smagen. Gem den et par år og julen bliver ikke bedre
PeatyPete (178) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 5, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color with a dense mocca-coloured head. Toffee-like odor. Flavor anise, liquorice, liquorice pastilles
with a spicy aftertaste. Surprisingly delicious.
al53 (29) - FINLAND - DEC 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown/black colour with medium white head.
At first, huge anise and liquorice on aroma. Then comes malt, bread, dried fruit, banana, herbs and hint of mint chocolate.
On taste anise moves more background, as sugary sweetness, dark, dryed fruits and plum comes up more, as well as liquorice. Warming alcohol is there too.
Taste does not quite match to aroma imho, too much dark fruits for me.
Fullbodied, sticky and bit oily mouthfeel with medium, soft carbonation.
In finish there is more sweetness, dark fruits and alcohol.
Leaves behind strange anise/minty/menthol like "freshness" in your mouth.
Fireplace ale, do NOT rush with this :D
tricksta_p (251) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a tan head. Spicy aroma of licorice, anise, dark fruits, caramel toffee, yeast, herbs. Some alcoholic warming going on. Somewhat oily texture. Very good winter brew.