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Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2011

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 208   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
Danish: En mørk, stærk belgisk ale brygget på: vand, malt, flækket hvede, mørk candi sirup, mørk cassonadesukker, humle, krydderier og gær.
Version sold in Sweden was 9.1%
English: Belgian Ale brewed with spices

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marduk (6436) - Reval, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (2463) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (14155) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhammaren (1691) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - DEC 25, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2016 .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! Rerate 6/july/2016 Hanniku’s cave vol.2.0. Tnx Sampo. Pours black with low tan head. Aroma is toothpaste, dark malts, mint, roasted malts, spices, coffee, chocolate, liquorice, anis. Round aroma. Flavor is x-mas spices, dark malts, anis, chocolate, coffee, warming alcohol, etc.. Round. Soft. Easy. Still swell!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
floydian1 (1362) - FNQ, Australia, - DEC 25, 2012
Shared bottle (75cl) on Xmas Day with Christmas pudding. Opaque very dark brown pour with a thick creamy beige head and particles at the bottom. Aroma is burnt brown sugar, dried fruits (cherries mainly), alcohol and soft spicy hops (subtle liquorice). Taste is sweet and vinous with an alcoholic presence and soft spicy hop bitterness. Palate is full bodied with a sticky rich texture but it is not too sickly sweet and surprisingly drinkable given the ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Rating from 2011. Not my favorite of the bunch. Bit dry and fizzy with aggressive spicing. Think it’s the first time I’ve opened one of these the year of though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yorker (1934) - Herning, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2012
75 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, chocolate, orange peel, vanilla, and a little spice. Flavour is dark fruits, subtle spices, orange peel, roasted malt, and liquorice – with a slightly bitter finish. ABV is pretty well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5545) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Pours deep black into a snifter. Mocha head with medium retention recedes leaving spider lacing. Dark chocolate, raisins, vanilla and roasted nut aromas. Medium bodied with dark chocolate covered pit fruit upfront turning dusty and hot in the lasting espresso finish.

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