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Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2011 (Barrel Aged White Wine Edition)

Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2011 (Barrel Aged White Wine Edition)
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Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
Belgian ale brewed with spices and aged in white wine barrels

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheCametron (2127) - CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 10, 2013
Bottle. Tasted alongside the speyside. Pours Dark Brown with a thin, rapidly dissipating head. There’s traces of the base beer (which is excellent) but they’re muddied by the wine ageing. Caramel, prunes and sour, off wine. A failed experiment. The speyside one is better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ej (1020) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2013
Dark brown pour with a small, tan head; fading fast to little more than a film. Aroma of smoke, wood, alcohol and leather. Cloyingly sweet, almost medicinal. Taste is a weird combination of bitter chocolate, grapes and wood. Not very pleasant to be honest. Close to full bodied and very softly carbonated.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
berntholer (1475) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 3, 2013
almost no moccha coloured head. coffee/coke non transparent colour. *extreme* woody smell that completely overpowers anything else that might be there. taste is as extreme as the aroma suggest. utterly disappointing, didn’t even finish this one. compared to the delicious original 2011 SLH this is one traumatic experience ;) notes from backlog

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MF666 (308) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 23, 2013
En årgang 2011 drukket i feb 2013. En krydret duft, eg, syrlig i smagen, fyldig, hvidvin smag. Udemærket Free Føroyar!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2013
A black colored beer, with a thick dark beige head. Te aroma has some winery, with wood and dark fruits. The taste of dark fruits, wine, wood, some spices and alcohol. The aftertaste is sweet alcohol with a little bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RichTheVillan (4835) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; dark brown pour, off white head sweet malt aroma, slight roast malt taste bit boring this one move along.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (12984) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is vineous, malt, licorice. Flavour is white wine, oak, vanilla, roasted malt, licorice. Full body. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8660) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 9, 2013
Medium, rusty-yellow head, fast gone over practically black beer. Very sharp alcohol & wood nose, nearly woodstainer-like, tannines, acetone. Red or blue fruit & fruitwine in the background, some chocolate. Taste is thankfully more mellow, if again with fruity, woody & fusely notes; old winecasks, solvent, but always with a sweetish fruitiness behind. Finish is dry; carbonation more in the feel than in the glass. Very slick, oily. The nose is shocking, even where it speaks of better things to come. But I guess many’s the candidate that would be put off immediately, and that is a minus, whatever way one wants to look at it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (13535) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle at home (BOE) 01/01/13. Murky dark mahogony brown approaching black with a thin tan head that escapes to the edge and leaves a thin film. After 5 to 10 minutes there is no trace of this. Nose is damp wood, spice, Ronseal, medicinal, sour dark fruit, harsh booze. Taste comprises dark fruits, wood, sweet grapes, sweet dark sugars, burnt toffee, dates, raisens, touch of booze but well integrated. Full bodied with a little too much spritz in the carbonation for my liking. Having skimmed a few other folks rates before cracking this one open, it was better than expected but for the cost of the bottle and what could have been, very low in the Mikkeller pecking order! This one actually disintegrated as I rated - had it at 3.4 after 5 minutes. Last third I knocked .1 off taste and overall it just seemed less integrated and harsher, more medicinal!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jesperhammer (3622) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2012
28-DEC-2012, bottle @home, from Magasin. Pours cloudy, dark, dark brown with ninja-fast dying light brown head. Aroma is wine-like, acotone, alcohol, the little chemist play-set... Taste again chemical. Wood, dusty bready malt. Vanilla, sweet, alcoholic notes. BAD! Were is the QA department? They went home? Clearly a sick bottle. Can see that other raters have some of the same off-elements. I had to check to see if it was only my bottle. But no. First I think the 2011 version of Santas Little Helper is one of the weaker. Then barrel aging it may not be the smartest thing to do, but hey that is just to my taste. BUT shipping something like this is a disappointment from one of the greatest brewers in my book. Shame...

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