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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: 192   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
alkoholocaust (37) - HELSINKI, FINLAND - FEB 7, 2013
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 3, 2013
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14454) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2013
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.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fantti (680) - FINLAND - JAN 15, 2013
Kaatuu lasiin sysimustana ja runsaalla ruskealla vaahdolla, joka katoaa suht nopeasti. Haju on paahteisen makean mausteinen, anista, appelsiininkuorta ja salmiakkiakin on joukossa. Maku on todella makean sokerinen ja kahvinen, hieman paahteinen, lakritsinen ja vahvasti alkoholin polttama. Kasvien juuret tulevat myös mieleen. Suutuntuma on täyteläinen ja alkoholin polttama. Kokonaisuutena hienon hajuinen olut, jonka mausta en pidä. Haju antoi odottaa huomattavasti parempaa. Huonoin maistamistani pukin pikku apureista.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10640) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Black in color with a tan head. Nice dark fruit and licorice aromas to this. A bit of ash, some cocoa powder, roasted malt, chocolate, cola, and a light spiciness. Lightly sweet with a lot of the roasted malt, licorice, and ash characteristics taking center stage. A bit of cola sweetness, chocolate, and dark fruits. Mild spice flavor on the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
sheep (93) - FINLAND - JAN 5, 2013
375ml bottle, best before 31/08/17. Aged for a year. Pours pitch black with one finger of creamy, mocha-colored head. Lovely roasty aroma has cocoa, caramel and light spiciness. Taste has roasted malt, dark chocolate, a faint spicy note, syrup/brown sugar and salty liquorice in the end. Faint smoke in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with medium carbonation. Full-bodied. Quite an enjoyable sipper, not too sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marduk (2579) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 30, 2012
375ml bottle (shared by FatPhil, thanks). Very beautiful black color. Nice creamy brown head, stays. Nice roast, malty, chocolate in aroma. Creamy texture, smooth and silky. Roasted malts, dark chocolate dominate the flavor. Well balanced beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (1132) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
Dark brown with a light brown head that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma is brown sugar, dates, caramel, fig, raisins, Belgian candi sugar. Medium bodied, slightly sweet palate, sweet lingering finish. Taste is caramel, brown sugar, coffee, dates, hint of liquorice. Awesome.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (9152) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 29, 2012
375ml bottle (Alko Arkadia, Helsinki) - cellared for a year
Pours almost black, with a large tight tan head. Aroma is a nice coffee-like roast, a little stale. Extremely burnt taste, but not quite ashy - riding that line. Pleasantly sweet, but not sugary. Full palate, smooth, but with pleasant carbonation. Gently spiced, but with nothing apart from a litle but of clovelike numbingness (which is probably burnt roast and hops rather than clove), nothing really stands out. Finish is sweet, burnt and salty butter. Very nice sipper.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhammaren (997) - FINLAND - DEC 25, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2012 .35l bottle @ Alko 2011 Bottle kept in the closet over a year. Pours deep brown red with low tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, spices, dark fruits, coffee. Flavor is alcohol, roasted malts (almost burned), dark coffee and some chocolate and spices. Dry and a bit fizzy. Swell!


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