JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - AUG 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(2004 edit.)Totally filtered, but strangely dark, golden brown, in the deepest shade. Short lasting head, beige. Big malted aroma, with notes of apple and hazelnuts.Full and bitterroasted taste, pearly carbo, witch carries the beer good. The harsh bitterness in the finish helps the mere 5,5% to feel so much bigger.
johndoughty (3895) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown appearance and tastes slightly of chocolate.Quite a bitter edge to it-this bitterness lingers on for some time
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Vintage 2004 (Traded at the brewery late Oct 2004)
Label says: A strong dark beer, originally brewed for the festive season. Maris Otter Malting Barley, Fuggles Goldings and Challenger Hops, with a handful of Chocolate Malt, combine to give a robust, dark ale.
Dark brown in color and a rich head. Plums in aroma. Plums, raisins and nuts in taste. Fullbodied and quite sweet and nice for a cold winters day. A roasted finish with a hint of chocolate/nougat. Very good for a UK bottled beer.
fiulijn (14350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark color. Malty and a bit fruity aroma. Malt, with caramel, strange fruitness. Too simple.
Bov (9371) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottled - dark brown colour, almost no foam but a nice lacing, prune and wood in the nose, a bit nutty, sweet and full-bodied, the finish is malty, long with a touch of chocolate
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber/ reddish colour with a nice beige head. Malty nose with a fruity sweetness. Flavor is malty with lots of dark fruit and hints of chocolate in the finish.
imdownthepub (10023) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, pasteurised, 2001 version. Dark amber with bubbly beige head. Nice fruity aromatics with some damson. Thick sugary malt bofy, pudding qualities with a little spice. Faint bitterness and hops on the finish, a little sweet on the tongue. Prefer the cask.
madsberg (10140) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled: Amber coloured. Clear. Dark beige head. Aroma of malts, light hops and spices. Fruity and hoppy flavour. Quite pleasant and refreshing. Is light bitter and fruity in the end . Nice one.
Hansen (6496) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2005 Not my favorit. Looks like cola. Not much head. Sharp aroma, thin palate. Flavor mostly some bitterness, not much malt.
Re-rated: Has a lot more floral hops. Pours fine, dark and with a fine head.
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. To paraphrase Baldrick from Balckadder’s Christmas Carol, ’It come from the shop, it said its piece, and then it sodded off’. I like a winter ale to have a little life in it, this was smooth and well balanced indeed, but I’d have liked a little more to be made of its nuttiness. An unremarkable dark beer.