wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black pour. Sweet aroma with bubblegum characteristics. Sugary, spicy flavor. Medium body is just right for this enjoyable holiday brew.
Unde (857) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black and brown colour, with no head to speak of, only big bubbles come up after pouring. Aroma has red wine, dark chocolate, berries, roasted malts and some winter spices. Taste is sweet with chocolate, anise and other spices and some berries too. Full and oily body but carbonation had gone from this bottle. Slight disappointment, but for a 7 year-old beer this did pretty well.
Nuffield (4050) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A few hints of vintage qualities but on the whole this has matured remarkably well. Sweet, quite sweet, with molasses and a hint of spice, but a deep, dark body with lots to love. Bottle.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle on 04/15/2011. Dark black body with a small creamy tan head. Sweet fruit, caramel, molasses and belgian spice aroma. Sweet rum soaked fruit, caramel, molasses, treacle, and belgian spice flavor. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.
VastActiv (5596) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 0.75l Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Colour is reddish black with almost no head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, dryness, red wine, Belgian yeast and some malts.
hotstuff (4861) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Backlog rating 1-24-2009 (Bottle) This beer pours a small tan head with good retention, very little lacing, opaque body, and a brown hue. The Aroma is caramel, chocolate, yeast, and alcohol. The Taste is sweet, chocolate, alcohol, malty, and fruit esters. The Palate is tingly and this is a light-medium bodied beer. All-in-all, this beer is very quaffable, very tasty, worth trying, and I recommend this beer.
wedgie9 (2612) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted in October 2011 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle shared at a tasting. Pours opaque dark brown with a bubbly lace collar, but no real head. The nose is quite nice, with dark chocolate, marshmallow, black strap molasses, and licorice. The flavor is not quite as nice, with some charred licorice, fruity molasses, and dark chocolate, with some nutty oxidation starting to set in. The body is full with nearly no carbonation and a long dark chocolate and molasses finish.
Koelschtrinker (16801) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JAN 5, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lebkuchen-Geruch. Süßer Beginn mit Kräuternoten, hefig, etwas oxidiert. Nicht ganz rund, zuckrig, röstig, deutliche Holznoten. Zum Ende hintergründig alkoholisch, etwas Vanille. /10/9/9/9/9
olio (9204) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75 cl bottle.
Pours pitch black colour with minimal head. Aroma of ripe fruits, plum, raisins, grass, caramel, toffee and some berries. Flavour of caramel malts, ripe fruits, mild berry notes, plum, light spices and yeast.
laiti (8033) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2014
75 cl bottle @ Olutravintola Pikkulintu
Sweetish and somewhat light aroma has raisins, licorice, berries and some roastiness. Dryish palate. Flavour has licorice, some brown sugar, spices and raisins. Some signs of alcohol that do not disturb. Palate becomes sticky after one small glass. Good.
tiong (6383) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle @ Pikkulintu, Helsinki
Pours black with a tiny foamy head. Aroma has notes of burned malts, spices and berries. Taste is quite malty with notes of licorice, berries and spices. Mouthfeel is smooth and oily. Finishes dry and short. Okay, but not best of the series.