jesperhammer (2512) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
06-NOV-2009, bottle @home.
Brown/red slightly hazy with nice high light brown head.
Malty nose with some yeast and spice.
Lots of malts in the flavor. Very belgian style - Trappist inspiration is clear, but also some barley wine character. I have heard Tore from the brewery call it close to a barley wine, and now that I have not got their barley wine (Mjølner) to compare it with, I can sense it. It is actually barley wine like. But then the x-mas spices steps in.
This is my third x-mas brew tonight, and by far the best. And always one of my favorite seasonal brews.
Fin (6641) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
At the Ølfestival, Esbjerg, Denmark 22-10-09. Pours dark amber, sticky sweet loads of toffee, chewy, sweet, malty but not spicy or yeasty enough to be a Belgian for me, but hey its ok A7 A5 F7 P4 Ov14 2.8
Dedollewaitor (13014) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Aakjærs, Esbjerg. Pours dark unclear brown with a small creamy white head. Spicy and chewy malty. Caramel, berries and anis. Full bodied. Very well balanced and overall great christmas brew!
mirjukka (752) - LOHJA, FINLAND - APR 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sterne Bryg 2008 bottle 500ml from Systembolaget Stockholm shared with FatPhil &Anna reddish brown small white head. Kick of hops then sweet malty barley wine like sweet fudge spices . Alcohol comes through sticky mouthfeel . Might be pleasant starter of the heavy Christmas dinner.
FatPhil (8107) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 17, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle (Systembolaget, Stockholm) - shared with Mirjukka - thanks!
Rich deep ruby, no head. Pleasantly sweet hoppy and nutty aroma. Sticky slimy
palate - way too sweet. Low carbonation. Soapy taste, and
exceptionally sweet. Not really a beer I want to drink currently, just
too sickly sweet, and with unbalanced metallic and soapy bitterness.
pilsnerrogge (2351) - Finspång, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, label said 8 % ABV
Pours deep brownish red with a mid sized head. Fruity currant and anise aroma. Smooth and rounded mouth feel. Flavour is sweet and has notes of anise and red currants.
oh6gdx (19652) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2013 Bottle (8.0% ABV, thanks omhper!) Deep murky reddish brown colour with mediumsized brown head that leaves slight lace. Aroma is caramel malts, slight roasted notes as well as chocolate and strong licorice. Flavour is bigtime licorice meeting caramel malts, some spices and mild hints of chocolate. A pleasantly balanced beer which would fit a Christmas table very well. 7 4 8 4 16 (Rated March 2009).
Draught@CPH BF 2013 (as Herslev Økologisk Stjerne Bryg). Hazy amber colour, not much head. Aroma is star anise, fruits, some caramel and wood. Flavour is star anise, spices, some fruits as well as caramel and mild herbal notes. 7 4 7 3 14.
gnoff (7030) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
50 cl bottle from Systembolaget, thanks to ekstedt! Sampled on February 2, 2009. BB 24.06.09. Bryg nr. 183. Labelled 8% ABV
Shady reddish brown color, light brown head. Spicy and alcohol scent. Sweet malty and spicy taste with a milk chocolate aftertaste and some warming alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness. A bit too alcoholic.
ekstedt (4915) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (50 cl) from Systembolaget. Shady copper, brief beige head. Spicy and caramelly malt aroma, with notes of plums and berries. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. A bit sweet.
TBone (11314) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled vintage 2008, alc. 8 %, from Systembolaget.
Dark ruby color, small off-white head. Aroma of anise and berries. Very sweet texture, some anise, dark fruits, brown sugar, also some spices in the finish. Sweetened version of Gouden Carolus Christmas. Short sweetish finish.