Cuso (5849) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from my European Secret Santa, many thanks Per. Dark chestnut brown color with medium beige head. Caramel, dark malt, plums, spices in aroma. Fruity taste with prunes, dark berries, roasted notes, dark chocolate, spices. Dry hoppy bitter finish. Tasty Christmas beer.
gyllenbock (5728) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 2008. Dark red-brown with a large head
Malty aroma with caramel, spices, raisins and fruit.
Tastes malt, caramel, nuts and grapefruit. Nice bitterness. Aftertaste was quite long. A good "Christmas-beer".
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 17, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep red in colour, spicy bitterness, had a sugary/gassy fizziness on the tongue and a sticky hop finish as jbrus mentions.
Cunningham (5421) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber colour with a small off-white head. Moderate sweet aroma. Toffe and fruity flavour. Tasty and enjoyable chritmas beer.
[Bottle from Systembolaget in Strömstad, Sweden]
mjs (5185) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, BBE 03/08 -- thanks Kolbjørn -- on 2009-02-18) Very deep reddish brown. Small white head. Raisin and malts in aroma. Full bodied and dry palate with little carbonation. Raisin, roastedness, bitterness, sweetness and hint of chocolate in taste. Raisin in aftertaste.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2003 edition. Amber reddish beer with a small off white head. Malty and fruity aroma with a light buttery note. Malty and nutty flavor with a light caramel sweetness.
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Vintage 2006. Hazy reddish brown coloured. Fruity and yeasty aroma with notes of malts and some chocolate. The flavour is quite different from earlier years. Before it was sweet, malty and rather full bodied, this year it is more yeasty and fruity with a rather sharp bitter finish and less body. They need to get rid of that yeastyness and get the body and balance back for 2007. This used to be an excellent brew.
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wheak aroma, yeasty and light roasted/chocolate. Dark ruby colour, off-white frothy head, good lacing. Sweet, warm, full, light roasted, light bitter, malty. Very sticky sweet finish with nice hops.
Nisse666 (4941) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2009
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2010 Bottle 2009 edition. Christmas tasting 2009-11-27
AR: wee hoppyness
AP: dark brown body, bubbly white head
F: medium low bitterness, some spicyness - a bit boring, this one have been much better before (earlier editons)
Färg: Lapsang suchong. Skum: försvann.
Doft: humle, vörtbröd
Smak: humle (amerikansk), sesamfrö/nötter (kollade in systembolaget - de hittar grapefrukt???)
Köp i parti och minut passar som standard dryck till julbordet.
Har smakat bättre förr? Eller har konkurrenterna blivt för bra?
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle. Big coarse, lightly tanned head. Lasting with fine lacework. Brilliant dark ruby-brown body. Inviting malty and fruity aroma. Suggestions of mild spices and chocolate. Chocolate-ish malt flavor, fruits and spices and a nice rounded sweetness, balanced by a gentle hopbitterness. Medium body. Feels soft and smooth in the mouth. Malty, mild bitter ending. I like this a lot.