Aarond (150) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Very dark amber to light brown. Thin tan head. Good lacing. Aroma is tart cherry, booze, oak, and earthy. Flavor is boozy, cherry, toast, and caramel. Full bodied and silky. Great beer.
madmitch76 (16882) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
14th June 2011
Cloudy dark red beer with a big pale tan fluffy head. Light palate, smooth and a little dry. Low carbonation. Light malt with traces of cream and barrel induced vanilla. Nice touch of red wine, not dominant but with good red berry fruits. Finishes smooth and semi dry. Very nice BA beer that belies it’s strength.
gunnfryd (11759) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with beige head. Aroma is red wine, alcohol, wood, pine, hop, caramel, dried fruits. Flavour is red wine, alcohol, wood, pine, hop, caramel, dried fruits. Very nice beer.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle. Pours a deep garnet color with a fluffy khaki head. Aroma is hops, caramel, alcohol, and wood. Taste is sweet with some vinous and light bandaid notes. For 12%, this drinks pretty well. It does have the hop/malt profile I’ve come to expect from Mikeller. Pretty good.
DesertDevil (609) - Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. pours rich, clean burgundy with an odd thin cirrus-like head. Aroma of sweet figs, and some vinous notes. Taste of intense sweet wine and vanilla that quickly transitions to oak and some cherry tones with a hint of caramel maltiness and some peppery spice. Tannins are quite evident. Very carbonated, sort of champagne-like, with a dry finish that complements the beer. Well done, Mikkeller.
DialSquare (3118) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Wilkes and Lynn. Ruby pour. Aroma is grape, wood, tart. Tastes are sugary caramel, tobacco, red wine, oak, raspberry, raisin, boozy.
npwgallagher (38) - valparaíso, CHILE - NOV 20, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma de uva higo regaliz. Rojo oscuro. Sabor quemada alcohol regaliz vino tinto. Mas equilibrada que Big Worse normal
tcanapa (17) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Whole Foods, pours cloudy dark copper with a fine light head and minimal lacing, caramel and vanilla aroma, sweet with a little sour not much bitterness, full bodied and thick
punkska101 (1097) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 2, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Winooski A: caramel, cherry, vanilla, brown sugar. App: brown with reddish highlight white head. T/p: full body finish is sweet and medium long. Some warming from the alcohol.Medium carbonation. O: simply superb. The wood is well placed. the complexity is amazing. I really enjoyed every sip of that beer.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Craft Beer Co. Sweet Christmas, this is a big beer. Pretty compelling appearance, a slightly sludgy reddish brown that almost looks like a really, really old wine (were it not for the carbonation). Fitting I guess. Nose was quite nice too, with some rich BW properties (though a bit of a boozy smack) complemented by a nice full tannic nose. Mouthfeel a bit too hot for me, but what are you gonna do at 12%? Flavors were good, with tons of wood and malt balanced well to avoid overpowering caramelly sweetness, and a nice strong red wine component that makes the base more fruity even as it adds a gentle tart note. Impressive beer.