bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Chestnut beer with a big light tan head. Caramel, nut, and light spice aroma. Caramel, light spice, light earth flavor with faint hops. Medium-light body. Easy drinking. Caramel and some xmas spice linger.
Hansen (6598) - 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.
marcus (6489) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Monument Wine. Pours dark brown with a modest beige head and a nutty aroma. There is a nutty smoked malt flavor with a very dry finish that sticks to the palate. Pretty tasty.
DrSilverworm (6366) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
16.9oz bottle. Pours a dark brown color, thin khaki grayish head. Fades a bit. Some lace. Nice nutty and chocolate nose. Good earthy hops complement the rich aroma well. Mostly bitter taste. Light spice. Medium body. Lighter carbonation. Solid british Christmas bitter. Flavorful and drinkable.
downender (6275) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep brown with a moderate off-white head. Powerful aroma of sweet malt with supporting nuttiness. Flavour had plenty of dark fruit, marzipan, nuts and some hops in the finish. Very good.
Ernest (6216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted nuts/grain/bread, coffee), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation.
A solid brown ale. Nice malt character, clean, and well-balanced.
larsga (6206) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge beige lasting head. Barely translucent deep dark red body with light carbonation. Hoppy fruity peas aroma with roasty chocolatey notes. Not a good mix, otherwise great. Dry-sweetish delicate fruity peppery peas taste with hay notes. Soft, mild mouthfeel. Mid-bodied. Dryish roasty dusty licorice and chocolate aftertaste with fruity notes. Some wood as well. Again not happy with the mix of flavours, but otherwise a gorgeous beer. (0.5l bottle, Systembolaget, Charlottenberg.)
BVery (6191) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Murky brown mahogany pour with a nice creamy head. Aroma is dark fruit, nut, malt. Creamy. Taste is similar to aroma just not quite as pronounced.
Svesse (6137) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, Monk’s Café, Stockholm) Dark ruby colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, nutty nose with notes of dark fruit and wild berries. Malty taste with dark fruit, dark rye bread, chocolate, nuts and a balanced bittersweet finish. Medium body with a rounded, smooth malt character. Fairly sweet. An excellent example of a nice winter warmer.
HogTownHarry (6101) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Feburary 2010 - my 500ml bottle shared with blankboy and garthicus. Deep clear ruby with a large fluffy lasting beige pancake batter head. Dry and roasty aroma, with chocolate, dried/candied fruit, some alcohol and a nice balancing floral bitterness. The taste is primarily the dried fruit and pungent floral bitterness, with background cocoa and mid-level alcohol. Average body, very mildly astringent, decently carbonated and a sweetish, floral finish. Pretty damned good and drinkable!