DutchDrebus (3070) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thx to myself @ joes. Quite dark brown to red colour, little to no head. Smells sweet, oak, some wine, roasty, some chocolate. Tastes sweet, oak, vanilla, subtle red wine notes, earthy. Full body, slightly warming, low carbo.
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
375mL red sparkle wax thanks to anders37 at Woodshop 7. Pours a tepid, murky brune with a ring of tan bubbles. Nose is sweet cherry juice, savory soy and mushroom. Taste is sweet, cherry juice box, sugar cube, oil, sweet tea. A bit cloying through the finish.
esp0r (1600) - NORWAY - JUL 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at a cottage near Blokhus, summer 2012
Pours brown red, tanned head. Smells of red wine, dark fruits, tart apples. Taste is light sweet, quite dry, some unripe fruits, caramel, wine and oak. Medium bitter finish, quite fruity. Totally a beer with a very distinct barrel character. Maybe a bit too much barrel character? Still, it’s a very nice beer
AshtonMcCobb (1741) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 12, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with onkelgobber. Thanks. Pours a cloudy amber or dark brown. The nose has ginger biscuits, demarara sugar and orange peel. The taste has chocolate orange, then ginger with coriander seeds on the end. The palate has a medium bodied elegant start which builds and builds and then the finish is long and delicious. Overall, lovely and complex doesn’t do justice.
gEUS (785) - Linden, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 3 years, 10 months and 17 days ago. Pours deep golden-brown with an off-white head. Nose of apple, some caramel, nuts, milk powder (?). Taste is very warm as from the beginning, sweet, near the end the freshness and sourness of the wine barrel kicks in. Glowing finish with spicy herbs.
MOLA_DK (253) - DENMARK - JAN 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark mahogony with a mocca head. Aroma is sweet-ish aromatic and a hint of alcohol. Spicy, fairly lightbodied easy to drink. Not much bitterness nice touch of red wine
MotherBrother (619) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JAN 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour deep hazy, almost opaque orange/reddish, with a thick off-white head.
Aroma is quite complex, and really malty. Lots of caramel, candied sugar, plums, dades, raisins and vanilla. Also some spices in here. Aftertaste brings the wood, which rounds this up nicely.
Taste is pretty sweet, and quite christmassy. You know what I mean.
Medium body, with a fizzy carb. There’s quite alot of heat comming through towards the end.
Rune (6905) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml compact, dark green bottle, bought at Ølbutikken in Copenhagen more than a year ago. Lots of small bubbles to a fawn-coloured head that stays well on top of a clear, mahogany coloured body. Hazy, last pour. Smell of earthy malts and mid-tart berries. Vinous taste profile with reminiscences of Madeira. Blend of citric fruits, candy sweetness and chocolate malts. The finish is made up by bittersweet spices. Integrated, warming alcohol. Quite well made and a fine Yuletide sipper on a relaxing evening at home (Tromsø, 28.12.2011).
lusikka (4965) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle. BBE 22.03.2016.
Pours a dark hazy brown colour with a small off-white head. Aroma of sweet berries, wood and some bready notes. Flavour of toasted malts, loads of wood, sweet berries such as lingonberries, tannin and wine-like notes that smoothen the flavour nicely. Full bodied, decent carbonation and a pleasant fruity, slightly spicy finish. Quite different than any other Santas Little Helper, but really enjoyable and still in great shape.
tiong (2769) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a medium foamy head. Aroma has notes of berries, red wine, caramel, spices and malts. Taste has quite strong notes of berries and red wine with hints of lingonberry, caramel malts, spices and wood. Finish is a bit sticky and sweet with notes of berries. Quite carbonated and full bodied. Quite nice and the red wine gives it a nice touch.