Joakgust (690) - 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.
Cantabrian (674) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 27, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tummy bug brown, with no mentionable head. I had it too cold, so there isnít much I can say about the aroma. Flavour is woody, with plenty of alcohol, actually quite interesting, with a hoppy bitterness that lingers for a long time in the mouth. Medium bodied, it has plenty of carbonation. Must be consumed at a proper temperature, much higher than straight from the fridge.
yemenmocha (658) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours lighter brown with near-white head that thins out quickly.
Nose is soft, light baked goods spices and faint chocolate.
Palate - some maple, roasted malt, light chocolate, and a hop dryness at the end to round it out. Very light in character overall. Nothing leaps out.
Easily a session beer as it is somewhat thin bodied and lighter in flavors.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle. Dark mahogany body is clear and radiant, with ruby highlights. Medium tan head retains well and deposits some sheet lace on the glass. Aroma is malty, lots of nuttiness, with herbal hints, cocoa, vague coffee, and some roast. Body is medium with a creamy carbonation. Somewhat thin. Tastes pretty good. Roasty and nutty malts, a hint of coffee and chocolate, herbal hops, fruity red apple, and what might be pine nuts. Bitter finish. Quite drinkable.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with a thick beige head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Quite a malty nose, chocolate, and light spices. Strong bitter flavor up front followed by a rush of thick malty sweetness. Finishes kind of dry.
KeefOz (624) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - NOV 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
BB 06Feb14. Poured a mahogany red brown colour with a thin light tan bubbly head that diminished quickly to a line of bubbles. Poor lacing. Low carbonation. Aroma delightfully of chocolate but with under-lying alcohol. Taste of malt sweetness followed by a nice mild tasty hops bitterness that was not over-bearing. Medium body. Smooth finish. Quite OK.
Martin243 (616) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle served cellar cool in a 1/2 pint chalice for topping up. Dark ruby with an offwhite head.Nutty aroma, smooth slick mouth feel, fruity flavour with a definite blackcurrant predominance. Lovely sipping beer.
olliejobbins (594) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle. pours a dark brown with very small head. just noticed that this is brewed for xmas. I had it in the height of summer on one of the hottest days - still went down well! aroma is rich of malts and spice. taste is much the same and as per the description, a very smooth after taste. some spices right at the end.
Scipio (591) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deeper brown with an average beige head. Aroma is more heavy and malty, consisting of caramel, nuts, fig, and some slight spice notes. Roasted. The taste is pretty much what I was expecting from the nose. It is more nutty here and the I do get a bit more spice, especially at the end. The aftertaste is more nutty over everything else. It lasts awhile, but isnít very strong. This is very smooth when drinking, with a medium body and some flatter carbonation. Nothing bad to report, although this one isnít all that special.
imaragingbull (549) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. BB Mar 2013. Pours opaque, amber brown with average off white creamy head and decent lace. Aromas of nuts, pitted fruits, currants, toffee and toast. Sickly sweet almost with a light floral hop character. Medium body, medium carbonation. Chewy toffee complex body - nutty malt, a touch chalky with a sweetness balanced with certain bitterness lingering right through the semi sweet satisfying finish. Mineral like yeast character lingering.