Lalli (243) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Very dark brownish color, big mocca head. Aroma is packed with stuff; roasted malts, coffee, spruce and liquorice. The beer is surprisingly light bodied and a bit rough around the edges. The alcohol is a bit pungent. Would probably be better after a year of aging.
mickut (272) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pours cola-like dark with a quickly dissappearing tan head. Taste is medium bitter, a bit tart. Palate is very carbonated and foamy. Aroma has woods, smoke, coffee notes.
fb (51) - NORWAY - JAN 1, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, brewed 22.06.10. Finally, a beer from Handbryggeriet that is not to fizzy! This is a successful seasonal beer, which I enjoyed in front of my fireplace, freezing cold outside.
harrisoni (12493) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
At Borefts BF 2010. Black with thin tan head. Spiced beer, some ginger. Over carbonated from teh bottle. Bit thin in body. Too much spice for me.
Rune (7249) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle, batch 312. Noisy, tan coloured, medium sized head covering a body that is black as pitch. Inviting smell of earthy malts, dark fruits and lighter notes of spices. Complex taste profile with expression of anise, dark fruits, dark malts and dried orange shells that provide a fresh bitterness to the ending. Naturally carbonation. Almost full bodied. Nice on a dark Christmas eve. (Yuletide present from Finn, cheers mate, Tromsø 25.12.2010).
badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black color with a medium head. Heavy aroma on cloves, juniper, spruce, and chocolate. Very sprucy flavor. Milder allspice. A bit ashy and bitter malt. Light chocolate. Fairly strong on the carbonation.
Christian (10757) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown with a lasting tan head. Intense and perfumed aroma of spices and herbs. Sweet herbal and spicy flavour with licorice and malt. Juniper is prominent
mikkopen (770) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle. Pitch black colour, huge beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and dark fruits. The flavour is roasted, spicy, with liquorice, coffee and chocolate. Smooth and very tasty.
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1122) - FINLAND - DEC 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle. Black with a huge foamy tan head. Roasty aroma with notes of juniper, dark chocolate and spices. Lots of juniper in the flavour with some roasted malt, dark chocolate, slight bitterness and spices. Medium-bodied, bitter and sweet finish.
NeonBlackBrain (19) - Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pungent. The alcohol is present on the nose but accompanied by black licorice which helps mellow it out. The appearance is bold. Black but with a surprisingly lighter head of rich brown bubbles. Sticky lacing. The taste is unique. I’m not a huge black licorice fan so it threw me off a little bit but flavors of toffee and vanilla contribute to create a pleasing combination. Overall I couldn’t get over the licorice flavor but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a beautifully crafted brew. Perfect for this time of year.