Albertsen (76) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
A beautiful smell of licorice is what meets me at first. the head is perfect with a caramel color. Pure black. a little to strong licorice taste for my part at the beginning but eases of with a mild taste of caramel. it has a nice bitter ending, that fits with the early licorice. Nice one!
mtangaa (10) - Hvidovre, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells like expensive chocolate, appears black, with a firm tan head. Tastes bitter-sweet, I get coffee and chocolate. A nice long slightly bitter finish.
Simply one of the best stouts I have had - not much christmas about it though.
Ingevara (833) - SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour likes tar. High head, not creamy though. Smell of smoke and christmas trees. Fennel is dominating the flavor, feels like drinking sweet licorice with hops. Not my favourite but I’ve seen worse.
tfredvik (1302) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pitch black body with a large, creamy, light-brown body that stays thick for a very long time before reducing to a fully lasting layer that leaves lots of foam on the glass. A perfect looking beer! The aroma is very inviting and strong, with heavy roasted notes, dark caramel, coffee, chocolate, fruits and some alcohol and earthy notes in the back. I actually don’t get any particular spicy aromas. The taste is moderate sweet with a heavy bitter finish that feels a bit sharp, stingy and herbal the first few sips, but still lovely. The finish is everlasting with extreme amounts of coffee. Dark roasted flavours with chocolate in the back and quite obvious alcohol. After a while I start noticing the subtle christmas spices. The spices are extremely well integrated and difficult to pinpoint, but they really add an extra layer to this wonderful stout. One of the best christmas beers available in Norway?
[50 cl bottle, enjoyed 10 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Online]
thomat (2280) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Malty with chocolate tones. Malt, chocolate, fruit and bitterness. Medium to full body with a long, bitter sweet finish.
AndySnow (4532) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black colour with a brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee. Sweet malt, chocolate, caramel flavour.
BillHick420 (438) - North Dakota, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a tanned creamy head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and some tangyness I can’t put my finger on. Very enjoyable!
Bathory (458) - Bryne, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a almost black colour with a white head. Aroma of dark malts and a bit sour smell. Well balanced flavour with the aniseed, malts and low bitterness. There are also sone coffee in the mix. A really good stout for sure.
ekstedt (5810) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (50 cl), courtesy of gnoff. Black with beige head. Spicy aniseed and liquorice aroma, some coffee. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Semi sweet, low bitterness.
gnoff (8173) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
50 cl bottle from Systembolaget in Nordstan. At ekstedt’s x-mas beer tasting, on December 14, 2012.
Black color, brown head. Sweet, chocolate, spicy, licorice scent. Licorice, grainy, sweet, sugary taste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.