faroeviking (10290) - FAROE ISLANDS - DEC 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Hazy orange looking colour with asmall nice off-white head. Pleasant pine hoppy fruity aroma. Good mouthfeel. The flavour is fresh and hoppy with a good bitterness. Well lasting dry bitter hoppy finish.
Maria (10136) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
It’s hazy, orange-golden with a huge, creamy, golden and lasting head. The aroma has notes of fruit, mostly peach and citrus. The flavour has a light sweetness, a refreshing bitterness and notes of fruits like peach, melon, a little oranges and other citrus, and the finish is slightly spicy and dry. The balance is very nice, in the delicious beer. I was fortunate enough to share the 1½ liters with only one other person :)
BeerandBlues2 (9596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours hazy ruby with a medium, creamy white head, medium retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is citrus, pine, resin, and spruce hops, light biscuit malt, fruity esters, and spicy alcohol. Flavor is spicy alcohol, medium malt, heavy hops, moderate bitterness, and a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
FatPhil (9281) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2012 1.5L bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki, Olutopas Pikkujoulu 2011) - shared by someone generous - thanks! (6:3:7:4:13=3.3)
6 Super sweet mandarin peach and toffee aroma.
3 Sludgy, but we were at the bottom of the bottle, after many pours.
7 Exceptionally toffee-ey taste, lots of fleshy fruits too.
4 Full, sweet, sticky body. Again, not aided by being at the end of the bottle, but if Mikkeller think it’s a good idea to put beer in bottles this size, they’ve got to expect people to judge it after it’s been tipped up 20 times.
13 Don’t get me wrong, this may have been unclean to the eye, and stodgier on the tongue than what the guys who cracked it open for, but by no means was this unpleasant, it was very drinkable. Covered the alcohol well.
Rerate: 1.5L bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn) (6:4:6:4:13=3.4)
From the top of the bottle this time - and it’s a lovely clear red. Apart from that difference, it’s mostly the same as before. Things related to teh slidginess are gone, and the toffee aspects too - this is drier. A real zingy bitter bite, but also smooth. Tasty - I like it, but it might be a little bit too agressive in places.
daknole (9052) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amberish pour. Citrus hops, honey, and spices. Flavor is dominated by hops but has enough malt to balance it. Pretty good stuff.
adnielsen (9013) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2012 Bottle @ Bull & Bush Christmas beer tasting. Hazy, golden orange appearance with a white head. Spruce, pine, spicy aroma. Spicy, minty, spruce, piney hoppy, toasty malty, slightly fruity flavor.
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
1.5 liter bottle. Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, some fruitiness, and floral hops. Tastes of the same floral hops, some pine, citrus, toastiness, and caramel. On the hoppy side.
Sammy (8566) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1.5 litre bottle, for Americans that’s twice the size of a good bottle of Scotch. I was not expecting it to be so hoppy, and good hoppy, with a ittle spiciness in the seondary. The aroma is the same. Good mouthfeel. Yellow with huge bubble head, lacey. Yeast comforting in the finish. High alpha. This is the final beer of the night, and closer to sipper. From Half Time.
GT2 (8372) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Churchkey. Hazy light orange with a diminishing whiter head. Nose is very interesting. Herbs, sage, chamomile. Similar to Stillwater Cellar Door. Nice floral component. Taste is quite nice: big bitterness, lavender, powerful soapy hops. Even sweet orange juice in the nose Overall great stuff. Doesn’t feel like "Christmas ale" which is nice. Super hoppy, nice garden herb character. Yum.
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Drake (8339) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Magnum shared by AlchemistZ at the 18th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering. Thanks! Pours a hazy amber color with a large creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Very dry aroma with notes of wheat, earth, spice. The taste is sweet wheat, coriander, other spice, vegetal, honey and floral notes. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Interesting and refreshing. Nice beer.