KnutAlbert (5571) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 2005 version: Quite good, but not really there. Taste of dried fruit, I would say plums. Molasses sweetness which lasts long.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - DEC 26, 2004
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
(on bottle, thanx Sigmund) Powerfull sent og forestberries and alcohol, much more than the Ringness Julebokk(sorry, Sigmund). Clear red/brown color. Hard malted barleys and some toffee flavours, with a burnt sensassion to th palate in he finish. Primitive, but dosen´t want to be more, and I respect that( asin : I don´t respect Ringnes Julebokk, sorry Sigmund)
TBone (11379) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2005 Bottled (BB 10/2005)
Dark ruby with nice creamy tanned head, lace. Malty, a bit sweet aroma. Medium to full bodied. Flavor has chocolate, malts and a bit of roast. Some bitter or even harsh notes can be found in a closer look. Good brew from Mack anyhow. (5/5/5/3/11 2.9)
<Re-rate 2005 version
Dark reddish, quickly vanishing off-white head. Malty ryebreadish aroma. Taste is roasted, malty even a bit chocolaty. Short, slightly sugary finish. Nothing wrong with this, but a bit boring. (6/4/7/3/13 3.3)
sayravai (4668) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2005 (Bottled) Clear, dark amber color with a medium, quite tight but quickly fading head. Stuffy, bitter-ashy, dark-toffee-malty, a bit metallic aroma with some sweet rye-pudding. Caramely, somewhat roasted-malty flavor with a dryish, ashy finish but fairly low bitterness. ABV is hidden well, but metal isn’t. Medium-bodied, quite thin palate with a high, foamy carbonation. Actually not that bad for a vienna, as it has a reasonable malt content without being cloying sweet. Still, it’s quite thin and extremely carbonated. Not my choice for christmas, for sure.
HansJM (358) - NORWAY - JUN 22, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not one of the best in this style. Normally it’s too thin, and has also some water-taste in the middle. The aftertaste is often the best part of it.
pilsnerrogge (2355) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2002
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Thin and watery. Fizzy, bitter finish.
Sigmund (4541) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2005 This one has traditionally been the thinnest of Norwegian "klasse F" Christmas beers - the brewery will probably make a darker version this year. Not as bad the ratings in Norwegian newspapers tell you.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2001
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hoppy interpretation. A bit thin, but good leafy character and light nutty malt underneath.