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Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2011

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Mikkeller
Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 194   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Danish: En mørk, stærk belgisk ale brygget på: vand, malt, flækket hvede, mørk candi sirup, mørk cassonadesukker, humle, krydderier og gær.

English: Belgian Ale brewed with spices


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TET (1730) - FINLAND - NOV 10, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2012 A almost black beer with a medium, brown head. Aroma is great, roastiness and liquirice, lot of pine woods and some warming alcohol and spicyness. Taste is also roasted with liquirice, medium piney bitterness, spicyness, anis and some black peppers and spicyness. Smooth carbonation, full bodied, pleasant to drink. When the beer is warmer, then spicyness is more dominant than liquirice. This year Santas helper hitts the target and I enjoy this package, very succesfully, enjoyable, distantly similar than Nøgne Ø #100, but clearly more spicy. Edit. 2.11.2012. One year old, now there are also dark furits and raisins in the aroma, same dark fruits can be found also from the taste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikkopen (867) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2011
375 ml bottle. Black, with a thick and creamy brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, liquorice, alcohol and spices. The flavour is dry, roasted, with coffee, chocolate, and a spicy, alcoholic finish. Alcohol is a bit too sharply present. A few years of aging might help.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBaboon (1611) - FINLAND - NOV 8, 2011
Santa’s Little Helperin vuosikerta 2011 on aika kaunis olut. Se on musta ja sen vaahto on ruskea. Vaahto ei häviä hetkessä vaan sinnittelee koristeena hyvän aikaa. Oluen tuoksussa on mausteita, suklaata ja aromihumalaa. Suussa olut on mausteinen - onhan tämä jouluolut. Olut on lakritsinen, makea ja jouluoluille epätyypillisen voimakkaan humaloitu maultaan. Kohtalaisen paksurunkoinen olut on kyseessä. Kyllähän tätä voisi pullollisen ostaa kellariin seuraavaakin joulua odottamaan.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miksu (4972) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2011
0.375 l bottle, thanks hanniku! Opaque dark brown color with creamy head. Sweet aroma with dark sugar, solvent, licorice, pepper, nutmeg, coffee and hint of raisins. Thick sweet flavor with woody spices (licorice, nutmeg, clove), chocolate-licorice roastiness and toffee. Full bodied with smooth palate. Bitterness, licorice, charcoal and woody spices in finish. A bit hot on alcohol, but not bad. Spiciness is in fairly good control.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (6248) - Hasselager, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2011
Bottle @ Ølkonsortiet christmas beer tasting. Pours black with a creamy light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, berries, licorice. Taste is malt, yeast, dark chocolate, dark fruit, berries, light licorice, spices, alcohol showing up in the finish. Full body, soft carbonation. Could well be mistaken for a imperial stout, but whatever still a great beer. 051111

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (7178) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2011
Draught. High creamy and lasting light brown head. Pitch black body. Creamy coffee choccolate aroma. Mild and relatively sweet spicy coffree choccolate flavor with low carbonation and a long aftertaste. Sweet but thereby the alcohol gets hidden in a very pleasant way.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2011
Tap at Ørsted Ølbar, Cph: Black beer with a rather flat light brown head. Very aromatic with a little plum, some coffee, licorice, chocolate, soy sauce, butterscotch, wood. The taste is as big as the body, heavy and medium sweet bitter, very sticky in the mouth, softly carbonated and with a sensation of burning alcohol in the long slightly raw finish. Not bad, but hard to stomach more than 10-15 ml at 4 o’clock pm.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29665) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2011
Draft. A very dark red beer with a dark brown head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, bourbon, roasted malt, and some spices. The flavor is sweet with notes of liquorice, anise, roasted malt, alcohol, and chocolate, leading to dry alcoholic and spicy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (5900) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 5, 2011
37,5 cl bottle @ home, BBE 31.08.2017
Aroma is sweetish and surprisingly light with dark fruits, roasted malt and spices. Feels like an imperial stout with spices added. Flavour is rather spicy, a bit sweet and messy with some roastiness and coffee. Some alcohol comes through as this warms up. Sticky palate. Fails to pair with salted peanuts, I should have had chocolate or something else. Good, but could use a year or two to get some balance.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (6434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 5, 2011
375 ml bottle.
Pours a black colour with a thick beige head. Aroma of dark chocolate, caramel, licorice and burnt wood. Rich flavour of toasted malts, licorice, toffee, burnt wood, dark chocolate, dried fruits, pepper and other spices. Mild bitterness as well. Full bodied, rich and smooth mouthfeel and a lovely dry, warming, light spicy finish with loads of wood. Quite different than any of the previous Helper’s.


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