nuplastikk (5570) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Chestnut brown color with stained glass red edges. Seawater choco toffee aroma. Rich and roasty, with lots of chocolaty dark malt flavor. Not unlike a Porter or a Dunkel, but with a sandy hop balance and richness that really makes this a great beer. Another stellar beer from Hook Norton.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a dark amber body with a tan head. Wheat, malt, fruity sweet fruit and chocolate. Nutty with a light floral body.
bbrock81 (317) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - DEC 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a fairly dark brown, with a medium head. Aroma is of English hop, malt, and a bit of spice. The flavor follows, being more malty, with a hoppier finish. A very decent beer.
Steely (241) - , SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color with a thick tan head. Light aroma with a lot of chocolate, ryebread and some malty sweetness. Sweet flavor of chocolate, nuts and lightly roasted malt. Finishing with a touch of bitterness and coffee. Low carbonation.
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2008 Bottle. Brown colour with a beige head. Malty, sweet and roasted aroma with notes of fruit, caramel and chocolate. The taste is malty and roasted, a little less sweeter than the aroma, notes of fruit, nuts, light spiciness. A bit of hop bitterness in the finish.
MiP (14738) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 5.5%. Clear dark brown colour. Very small tan head. The flavour starts off roasted with a little barley bitterness. Turns more malty and mellow, but ends with a little new bitterness.
jhagmar (114) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle, thanks ekstedt. Dark brown with a tan head. Malty with a hint of bubblegum. Sweetish with light bitterness. Medium bodied, very light carbonation, somewhat astringent.
Joakgust (1308) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark deep red beer with a good brown head. Aroma is rather sweet with hints of fresh fruits and malts. Flavor is roasty malty with notes of coffee, nuts with a nice dark bitter chocolaty finished. Stands out from most X-mas ales in a pleasant way.
yespr (38536) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a redish glare and a diminished tan head. Roasted dark malty with a mild spice note. Sweet malty and slight acidic. Light breadish note, hardroasted. Smooth and malty finish with a light lingering roasted malty note. Nice one.
thornecb (5280) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark plum into an English pint. Nice off-white head recedes leaving sheet lacing. Malty caramel aromas. Dry and earthy with caramel upfront and a lasting sour bitter finish. Similar to an HSA...