LeRose (73) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a reddish brown with a quick fizzy head that didn’t last. Aroma was Christmas cookie kitchen. Cinnamon, nutmeg, slightly fruity on the nose. Taste seems a bit out Of balance. Spice heavy and needs to be sweeter to balance. Clear cinnamon, nutmeg, hint of clove, gingerbread. Picking up some raisin or prune notes. Drying on the palate, not thick on the mouth feel. Some aftertaste that persists and gingerbread like, some molasses sweetness, flavor of dates, warmth, whisky Better as it warms. It was OK, not a fave.
Idiosynkrasie (4233) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - DEC 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle. Clear deep dark red colour with small to average, frothy, diminishing, minimally lacing, off-white head. Spicy aroma has lots of cinnamon, some orange, in the background typical whiskey flavours: vanilla, leather. Taste is a moderately sweet, slightly inharmonic conglomeration of the same flavours, additionally hints of alcohol. In spite of the plethora of flavours almost a bit watery.
laiti (6150) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle @ lusikka, no BBE info
Aroma is sweet with glögg, juicy notes, some spices and vanilla. Flavour has spices, vanilla and glögg. Quite juicy feeling in the flavour side too. And some vanilla and oaky notes from the barrel. Quite juicy, unique and good, barrel has been really good for this one. Beer in the form of glögg.
lusikka (6603) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle.
Pours a dark amber colour with a small head. Lovely strong aroma of apple pie, nutmeg, pepper, gingerbread, cardemom and cherries. Flavour of sweet caramel, gingerbread, wood, nutmeg, cherries, hops and chocolate biscuit. Full bodied, slick mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Finishes sweet and spicy. Really well balanced and enjoyable.
olio (6685) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle.
Pours color with head. Probably the best christmassy spicy aroma I’ve ever experienced, lots of mint, apple pie, cardamom, caramel, toffee and some malts. Flavor is not as intense, lots of christmassy spices are there, but quite creamy and smooth malty notes with almost sweet chocolate notes. One of the best christmas brews I’ve tasted, at least spice-wise. Excellent.
tiong (4078) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a small head. Excellent christmasy aroma with notes of glogg, spices, cinnamon, malts, apple pie and hints of gingerbread. Taste is spicy, with lots of glogg, gingerbread, hints of warming alcohol, wood and vanilla. Finish is sweetish and spicy with hints of gingerbread and vanilla. Nice, quite tasty and surprisingly well balanced spicebomb.
Meilby (8407) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 650ml @ Beer3000
Pours clear dark amber/brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, dried fruits, oak, spices and hint of alcohol. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light bitter with a long caramel, warm, fruity, oak, spicy finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat
yngwie (14338) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 22oz. A semi-clear, dark brown beer topped by a small, beige head. Raisins, spices, glřgg-spices that is, dark malts, caramel hints, generic dried fruits, some woody notes and a touch of caramel sauce. A vinous touch too. The flavor is mostly spiced, in a really nice way, still it’s quite balanced, with enough maltyness to deal with the spices. Caramel sauce and some hints of dried fruits. A really pleasant spiced beer, seems like Hoppin Frog knows how to use the spices. 121219
RichTheVillan (3672) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; dark hazel brown with a tinge of purple, burnt Christmas pudding aroma, tastes of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and orange zesty, taste quite boozey a real Xmas treat.
Theydon_Bois (10351) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Cask, Pimlico - 14/12/12.
Hazed dark amber approaching chestnut brown.
Nose is sweet sugars, coconut, nutty tones, spice and a little plastic.
Taste comprises caramel fudge, spice, booze, coconut and vanilla fudge, sweet sugars.
Full end of medium bodied with soft carbonation lending towards a boozey finish.