rdixon77 (370) - Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Super old review- fuzzy on details. Just remember incredible balance of Xmas spice, sweetness, malt, and dark fruit. Perfect beer for Xmas. Nice warmth without any boozy burn.
kalervo (547) - FINLAND - NOV 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have tasted this about two years ago, just mentioned I’ve forgot to rate it. Don’t remember exact notes anymore, just remember the feeling that it was wonderful beer.
deyholla (5403) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Jan! Pours a hazy deep brown with a brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has sweet dark grains, molasses and toffee with a hint of light spice. Flavor is similar with toffee and sweet dark grains throughout with hints of spice and Belgian candied sugar.
Roonai (245) - - OCT 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared by deyholla- thanks!
pours murky brown with no head though some yellow-brown foam around the edge. nose is rich chocolate and raisin. taste is smoooooth milk chocolate with a slight raisin bite- what was once, im sure, heat- this is a smooth yummo brew
OKplus (673) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml served in a St. Bernardus chalice.
A - Pitch black body with a creamy mocha head that retains well. Sticky speckled lacing left behind.
S - Strong and rich dairy chocolate, roasted barley, sweet vanilla coffee, chocolate fruit cake, cherries. Good stuff here.
T - Chocolate hits first, creamy and sweet with some bitter roast behind it, hints of oxidation, some muted cherries, and raisins, also getting some charred wood in the middle. The finish showcases powdery dry yeast with some bitter roast at the very end.
M - Full body but light and very creamy as well, moderate carbonation, no alcohol heat at all.
Haven’t had this fresh but at 1 year this tastes great. Not your typical BSDA but very smooth, creamy bold flavors that have seemed to blend well. Drinks more like a stout.
The way that this beer hides the ABV is very impressive. It’s almost non-existent. Well done.
Serving type: bottle
DiarmaidBHK (3062) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Frederick Wine Shop. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Some spice notes on the nose. Nice and smooth on the tongue. Hides it’s alcohol extremely well. Very nice.
Beergeek23322 (1725) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
December 2011. Bottle. Aromas are dark fruit, spice and brown sugar. poured dark brown with a tan head. Flavors of spice, dark malts, yeast and plums. Nice winter warmer.
alkoholocaust (37) - HELSINKI, FINLAND - FEB 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
0,375l bottle. About 1 year old. Pitch black with huge brown head. Aroma: Strong burnt, like sweet liqueur and dark fruits. Taste: Light smoky, dates, hopped and cognac. Full body with long and strong hopping. Average carb. No taste of alcohol at all. Improved at the cellar.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy khaki head. Fades fairly slowly.
S - Dark caramel malts, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, other spices, chocolate, and a bit of booze.
T - Sweety dark caramel malts, raisin and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, other spices, chocolate, a hint of roasted coffee, and a bit of booze.
M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, spicy, and warming finish.
D - Nice spiced BSDA. Good overall balance.
madmitch76 (12235) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1st December 2011
Opaque black beer, big fluffy tan head. Soft smooth palate, semi dry. Smooth lactose dark malt. Light trace of smoke. Nice tangy fruits underneath - orange and a little cherry. Aniseed alcohol in the semi dry finish.