abemorsten (2193) - MosterÝy, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500 ml shared bottle at Cardinal. Clear golden with a white big bubbled film. Honey and crystal malts on the nose. Malty sweet with a boiled honey flavor. Light to medium body. Short finish revealing a faint bitterness.
visionthing (2095) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours clear deep golden/copper with a lasting white head. Aroma of sweet malt and spices. Pretty light and refreshing with a slightly bitter finish.
Gr0ve (2077) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
500 ml bottle. Light copper. Crystal clea. Small
white fine laced head. Acidic spicy nose. Christmas spices; cinnamon
and nutmeg. Some black pepper. OK carbonation level. Body is rather
light. Taste of spices dominate everything else. Bready notes. Nothing
special, and there is no reason to buy more.
piscator34 (1844) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 27, 2010
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled sample. Medium gold in colour with moderate carbonation. ARomas are of orange marmalade, nutmeg, cinnamon, Christmas cookies and a bot of yeast. The nutmeg gets a bit overpowering in the mouth, and doesnít blend quite so well with the elements of crispy pale malts and other more vague spice notes. Dry savory finish. The aroma is great, but the spices throw the flavor and mouthfeel out of balance.
Kavu (1813) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with a medium head. Aroma is fruits and malts. Flavor is fruits, malts and hops. Pretty decent ale.
AshtonMcCobb (1744) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
50cl bottle. Pours an amber colour with a nice sized head. Without even lifting the glass, the Christmas spices are obvious. On closer inspection, the nutmeg is the obvious spice, itís so obvious that itís hard to get much of the malt behind though you somehow know itís there. The taste is more of the same. The palate is initially interesting but really itís a one-dimensional nutmeg thing. Overall, this amount of nutmeg probably has some health benefits but I couldnít see me having another.
northropfrye (1710) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 9, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Really lackluster aroma - hard to detect anything here. Nice dark orange colour with solid white head. Taste is kind of sweet, cinnamon, spicy, but none of these flavours are very pronounced. Creamy palate. Credible.
BenH (1697) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 18, 2011
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
From bottle. Pours amber with white head. Aroma of toffee, nutmeg and vanilla. Taste has lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, far too much, major nutmeg party. First sip was interesting, a complete chore after that. Down the sink job.
daje (1693) - NORWAY - MAR 8, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, february 7th 2013. Clear amber body, low white head. Aroma of toffee and cinnamon. Taste is very malty with some more cinnamon, sweet palate and medium body, not bad but admittedly boring-
stravale (1691) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - DEC 29, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask @ Castle Tavern, Inverness 271211
Appearance - Golden amber, clear, thin white head.
Aroma of cinnamon, sweet light malts, no hops.
Taste - sweet light malts, fair amount of cinnamon and christmas spices, no hops (obliterated by spices), 1-dimensional taste, rather mushy, boring.
Palate - Soft carb, spice, sweet, glycerine-like bit gloopy sweetish golden malts. Finish rapid and dull.
Overall - This doesnít really work - they can do better than this. Iíd skip this for one of their other beers.