UrbanCaveman (136) - Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1 pint 9 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 45 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany brown, which doesn’t let much light through in an ordinarily-lit room. Forms a decent-sized pale tan head with good retention, though little to no lacing.
Smell: That’s interesting. There’s more than a hint of some Belgian-esque yeast, with dark fruit and banana in the nose, atop a sweet malty backbone. There’s a just a faint hint of something musty beneath. This smells not unlike a quad, or BSDA.
Taste: Sour springs forth instantly as it touches the tongue, a dry, acetic sour that reminds one of a balsamic vinegar. The sourness floats atop a richly sweet malt, which itself contains dark fruits - hints of plum and black cherry. Through the middle, tones of fireplace ashes and leaves appear and disappear. The finish leaves a touch of the balsamic vinegar, mingled with an almost soda-like sweetness and a trace of burnt wood.
Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, almost sharp to drink, which the vinegar sourness plays off of.
Overall: An interesting beer, definitely of a sort I have never encountered before - much like a Flanders Red or Oud Bruin meeting a quadrupel. I don’t know that I would repeat it, but it made for a fascinating experience.
zvsn (885) - ISRAEL - FEB 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Stas. Pours deep brown with a big bubbly head. Aroma of prunes, coffee, chocolate and smoke. Sweet with dried fruits, chocolate and cocoa flavors. Medium-bodied, well carbonated. Nice.
Beergeek23322 (2595) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1/28/2014. From bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate, licorice and spices. Bitter flavors, hints of smoke and coffee. A bit of sediment at the bottom of the glass.
Linnet (1204) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extreme gusher, 1/3 of the beer ended up in various parts of my kitchen.
Aroma is roasty, dry, almost vinous, ABV evident, salty, licorice, ashy, coffee.
Black colour, mocha head, lacing.
Chocolatey sweet, salty, soft bite, warming and complex.
Fullbodied, soft carbonation, salty, warming and roasty finish.
anders37 (18721) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and spicy caramel aroma. Roasted malty spicy caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty spicy caramel and chocolate finish.
Turtles (167) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of cloves, pine needles. The taste is complex, full-bodied, slightly smoky, spicy, root beer, juniper berries, coffee, dark syrup. Feel like Santa Claus himself has concocted and mixed a recipe of different beer styles, a Christmas tree and Christmas candy. Minimal bitterness and very little sweetness that still gives a pleasant concealed taste of sweetness. Heats up the dark winter night and give me proper Christmas spirit!
Florya (625) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
How: Bottle Appearance: dark brown, small head Aroma: coffee, chocolate, wood, spice, Palate: medium to full body , average carbonation
SamTheBarrel (544) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml brown bottle, label picturing an old-timey santa, poured into a Tulip glass. Appearance is brownish black with a large khaki colored thick foamy head, that when settled left a little lacing on the glass. Aroma of molasses, dark bread and roasted malts. Flavours of molasses, raisins, caramel, dark bread, roasted malts, a hint of spices and dark chocolate. Taste is medium-heavy sweet and medium bitter. Palate is full bodied, syrupy texture and medium carbonation. HaandBryggeriet Bestefar is strong and sweet, similar to an Imperial Stout. Not a beer that I would serve on a traditional Nordic Christmas dinner table, but as a couch sipper beer it is fine.
penstemon (198) - Nevada, USA - JAN 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Foamed over when opened, probably from bottle conditioning. Pours super dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is of sweet dark malts, spice cake, dried plum, a bit of roast and smoke, coffee, tobacco and slight apple. Taste is brown bread, dried plum, raisin, warm spices, hint of smoke, bit of chocolate and char/roast, and molasses. Medium bitterness. Fizzy carbonation, medium body. Nice alcohol warmth. Starts sweet but finishes fairly dry. This was really nice and complex, I feel like I need to try more to really get a grasp on it but I enjoyed it all the same.
larsniclas (5903) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled from Systembolaget
Black with a medium beige/orange head.
A bit sourish aroma with notes of wood and chocolate.
Dark roasts flavour with liquorice, tar and some sweet, dried fruits.