Kauge (657) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cl bottle from Wine of Galilee in Tallinn (€ 2.40). BB 11.08.2016. Dark brown colour with a hue of mahogany, seems clear; head is very big, tan, retention good and lacing very good. A damn fine looking beer. Nose is sweet and spicy: caramel, prunes, figs and dates, hint of alcohol, and later on a sour black bread note. Taste is similarily sweet with caramel most apparent, and raisins soaked in liqueur - the alcohol is not hidden in this one. Some pretty harsh bitterness follows, accentuated by the alcohol. Overall it has a pleasant, almost chocolaty sweetness, and a bit of bready sourness. The finish is dry and bitter, also grainy. Medium body and crisp carbonation; not a very heavy syrupy sticky texture, quite soft on the palate, but with a small graininess. Nice!
thb (748) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 3, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber/brown with slight haze and finger width of bubbles. Aroma is boozy, christmas pudding. Raisins, orange marmalade. Roast. Have a sip and you get similar christmas pudding aromas, plus dates, molasses. There’s a brightness to it despite the darkness and alcohol. Chewiness balanced by sparkling carbonation, hidden alcohol. There’s a lot to like here.
Akiro (19) - ITALY - JAN 3, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bevuta da bottiglia da 75cl. Color mogano, la schiuma è persistente e con bollicine fini. L’aroma inebriante. Profumo di cioccolato fondente e arancio sapore di passito. Retrogusto leggermente amarognolo. Gradevolissima al palato. Si accompagna bene con un bel piatto di pesce e anche i dolci e soprattutto finisce troppo presto...
martjoobolut (1463) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (from Wines of Galilee), BB 11.08.2016. Pours dark ruby with light brown head. The head stays. Aroma is sweet, caramel, raisins. Flavor is sweet, caramel, malt, raisins. Finish is caramel and dry bitter. Overall: great brew.
hohops (499) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance is murky brown, a big beige head which eventually settles. Aroma of yeast, bread, sugary cake, fruitcake, nutty hints. Taste- sugary raisin, other dark fruits, fruitcake, malty, brown sugar, bready finish. Very good.
felip989 (114) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - DEC 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2015 Served in a tulip. Dark brown, almost black. Big non-sustenable light-brown head. Yeast, cocoa, wood and a little bit of dark fruits in aroma. Belgian yeast and alcohol predominance in taste. Bitter and sour finish. Not so great, just a good beer.
williamstome (1320) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogany pour, nice brown head. Great aroma of figs, dark fruit and Belgian yeast. Flavor is intense dark fruits, chocolate, and Belgian yeast. Awesome.
suurjuust (1717) - ESTONIA - DEC 16, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared by martjoobolut, thanks! Brown beer, tan head. Nose is raisins, lots of sugar, malt, some yeast and caramel. Flavor is sugary sweetness, raisins, caramel, honey-ish notes. Smooth and soft mouthfeel. It’s really sweet. A dessert beer, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Yudetarou (2) - JAPAN - DEC 12, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells very sweet, raisins or strawberries flavor.
Tastes also sweet like raisins, but bitter like cacao.
Vighals (1882) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - DEC 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tåkete orangebrun med lavt beige skum. Gjær, svisker og lett karamellukt. Søt karamell, kjenner også fruktighet fra mørke frukter. Lett syrlige epler. Bittersøt ettersmak. Medium kullsyre