jesperhammer (3968) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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...
thewolf (11876) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, bought @ Kihoskh, Cph. Pours deep black with a small, creamy, beige film head. Aroma has oak, glue, roasted and light chocolate. Low carbonation, oily and fat mouthfeel. Flavour has roasted malts, soft chocolate, oak, light glue, grape sweetness. A bit over the top.
HenrikSoegaard (12741) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown good mostly lasting head. Dark brown colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Some whitewine barrel notes and no fruity notes. Moderate bitter flavor. More like a stout than belgian style. Long finish. Creamy palate. not my favorite.
Yorker (1934) - Herning, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
37.5 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a tan head that leaves very little lacing. Aroma is vinous, oak, liquorice, and dark fruits. Flavour is vinous, oak, vanilla, and liquorice. Better than the Speyside version, but not great.
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown colored beer. Fruity aroma and flavor. Also wood, vinous notes and some chocolate. Some bitterness of burned malts, slightly acidic.
ken1 (1606) - DENMARK - DEC 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good sweetness and a winelike sourness and good bitterness. Black in color with a fading white head.
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From Voldby, DK.
Brown with small head. Aroma of malt and spices. Flavour with wood and dryness.
tderoeck (7663) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
15/XII/12 - bottle @ Kerstbierenfestival (Essen) - BB: n/a (2012-1362) Thanks to the Belgian/Dutch ratebeer crew for sharing our beers!
Clear dark brown beer, small beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: caramel, mocha, alcohol, sugary, sweet. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: bit sourish, caramel, mocha, bitter, coffee, alcohol. Aftertaste: sour, caramel, sugar, mocha, chocolate, alcohol. Don’t really like the sharp sourness with the rest of the flavours. I’m starting to believe that Mikkeller is only surviving because of the ratebeer tickers. Putting every new beer in 20 different barrels... hmmm...
77ships (7023) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml. bottle sampled @ 18th Christmasbeer festival in Essen // side-by-side with the Speyside version. Brownish black, head is only a rim of mocha on the sides. Smell is sweet, vinous, sugar, mocha, boozy & crazy amounts of wood. Taste is sweet white wine, glue, white berries & grapes, lots & lots of wood, chocolate, some bitter charcoal, milk chocolate, creamy, more wood. Very low ratings before I entered my score 47/19 but I find this one quite lovely and interesting. Bit sticky, slightly lighter carb. body.
sebletitje (8789) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample @ 18de Kerstbierfestival, Essen 2012. Again, tasted side by side with the Speyside and really the difference in BA is minimal at best. Certainly glad not to have forked out the overpriced € these beers usually go for.
Noire/brune foncée, col beige, doré au verre.
Arôme est quasi similaire au Speyside, vin restant en retrait avec ce profile de sucre caramélisé qui est somme toute fort agréable.
Palais reste sucré, caramélisé, vin blanc est minime et très en retrait, pointe de raisin frais mais dominé par des malts qui poussent le tout vers un stout que ce style belge. Ressent aussi un palais plus pétillant avec un vin blanc qui même étant minime ajoute une pointe de fruité frais au malt.