thornecb (3986) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear amber into a snifter. Off-white head recedes to look a little sickly. Tangy peach aromas. Dry dark caramel and pit fruit upfront. Lasting sweet malt finish.
JohnnyJ (3907) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got this 750 ml bottle for $6.50. Dated best before 20-3-09, tasted yesterday. Pours a deep slightly hazy amber, with creamy off-white head. Very rough and earthy.. lemon zest, hay, pear, leather, caramel malt, dirt, nuts, and light sweetness. I love the rough flavors and complexity, one of the better farmhouse style beers I have had.
charlotte (3820) - rødovre, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark amber colour with medium white head.Aroma of apple and dry fruits slight tosted mouth feels with medium body.Has some note of toffee caramel and brown sugar overall a o.k beer.
stobbe74 (3790) - DENMARK - JAN 20, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at DØE Beerfestival 2009, Esbjerg. Pours a hazy dark amber beer with an offwhite head. The aroma is weak with sweetness. The flavor is malt and sweetness. The palate is sweet. Overall a little bit boring.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Best by date of April 2004, Sampled October 2004
Rich raisin-like dark fruit notes emanate from my glass as I pour this beer. It is brilliantly clear ruby-highlighted amber color, and is topped by a fluffy thick head that is light tan. There is lots of sweet fruitiness in this beer, I get notes of candied cherries, raisins, fig, and fruitcake. The same candied note dominates the finish of this one, it is definitely an added flavor, but I am not quite sure what flavoring would produce this taste. The taste is pretty dry and malty up front, but then moves to the hyper sweet character in the finish (by hyper I don’t mean that this beer is super sweet, just that the sweetness seems to be a sensitized component of this beer). Actually this beer is showing its age a bit as well, there is a certain mellow oxidation character here as well that contributes notes of sherry.
Upon reflection, the hyper sweet character that I have been sensing may in fact just be the aged character of this beer kicking in, it is not distracting, and perhaps adds a certain something to this beer.
hotstuff (3579) - Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked & caged bottle. Large ivory head that was mostly diminishing with good lacing, transparent, and a reddish brown hue. Malty and sweet aroma. Sweet, malty, some spicyness in the flavor. Smooth mouthfeel. Medium bodied.
SSSteve (3557) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
hazy burgundy with a large cream colored head. flavor is light. dark fruit with hints of toffee and cola. notes of tea leaves and herbs. forgettable.
Nuffield (3547) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had two bottles of this, and I brought one of them to a Texas gathering about a year ago. I had a sample from that bottle but didn’t rate it. It didn’t go over very well, I recall. Well, I decided to have the second bottle tonight, sharing it with my wife, and while it is better than my recollection of the previous night, it isn’t going to win accolades. A chestnut color with a decent cream-colored head, it starts off with a mustiness amid the caramel, nut, and vanilla aroma. There is perhaps some alcohol and a bit of sourness to it as well. In the flavor there is something like a very mild scotch, a bit peaty and earthy, along with caramel, raisins, and mustiness. It isn’t exactly unique but there is something smooth here that closer than I’ve seen to my Laphroaig-sipping days a few years ago. Dusty and musty! The palate holds up well; at first carbonation supports it, but later it retains a combination of alcohol (just enought to give it some bite) and smoothness that the fading carbonation doesn’t seem to matter. Still, overall, this isn’t for everyone. Its Scotch-notes could easily be interpreted as moldy vegetables, like the potatoes you discover at the back of the kitchen cabinets underneath the sink. I think there’s something to appreciate here but I had to work at it.
rauchbier (3503) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vintage bottle, BBE May 2000. Hazy red brown, minimal head and condition. Big woody phenolic oxidised nose with hint of figs, sweet malt and fruit and a touch of mouldiness. Soft and earthy in the mouth with touches of yeastiness and fruity figs, quite woody and peppery and obviously oxidised, lingering earthy bitterness, fruit and oak notes in the finish. Obviously a beer that will keep in bottle but maybe only for a few years.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby color, thick, frothy white head. Cinnamon aroma, maybe cranberries too. Flavor of cinnamon, malt and alcohol. Light to medium body, liquorous texture. It’s good but I have higher expectations for a "bière de Noël".