Theydon_Bois (9990) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
served on tap into a half pint ’tulip’ style glass at the Craft Beer Co, Clerkenwell (Dec ’11).
Dark brown to black colour.
Smells fruity, dried fruits, raisens, orange peel, cranberry.
Tastes of mildly spiced fruits, berries, toffee, caramel a hint of nutmeg perhaps.
Mouthfeel, creamy with a dry-ish finish, great taste and feel in the mouth and on the palate.
Overall a rich complex beer that did not dissapoint
avantdagare (143) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
1 finger beige head that sank to 5mm, black-brown body. Nose: Licorice, ginger, dates and prunes. Aroma: Licorice, licorice-root, ginger, cinnamon, pumpernickel and dates. A little sharp, rough and dry spiceyness. Vineous. Some bitterness in the ending.
bierkoning (10563) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep dark brown color. Opague. Malt, roast, bourbon notes in the aroma. Almost tart flavor with malt, roast, alcohol, bourbon and dried red fruit. Full bodied. tasty. A big beer.
larsga (6323) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium beige head. Opaque black body. Strong spicy roasty cocoa
aroma with notes of cloves, cinnamon, and anise. Dry-sweet cocoa
and alcohol taste with strong spicy notes of cloves and cinnamon.
Full-bodied. Mild, smooth, and somewhat hot mouthfeel. Dryish
minty spicy earthy roasty aftertaste with caramelly coffee and
cocoa notes. Hard to identify the spices, as the beer is
powerfully flavoured, and everything seems to sort of mix
together nicely. Nice, sippable. (0.375l bottle, I forget where
hawthorne00 (2555) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 14C. Almost black with a tan head that fades to a coat but laces well. Gentle aroma of plums, cinnamon, dark sugars. Full-bodied but not heavy, gentle carbonation. Tends to creamy rather than syrupy. Taste is sweet with balancing spices - star anise and cinnamon, maybe some mace and cloves- , bitterness and coffee astringency in about equal measure. Alcohol is not there but not raw (although 750ml is a bit much for one). The flavours are fine but not terribly deep - it’s the graciousness of the balance that charms.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a dark brown color with a large brown head. The nose is bready with notes of spice cake. The flavor is a little bready but not heavy. Lots of dried fruit, spices, and a touch of residual sweetness. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Very nice. This can make for a very merry Christmas indeed.
Travlr (13511) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Very dark brown, huge brown head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate, subtle coffee and licorice. Taste is licorice, tar, burnt coffee. Very boozy.
mnoud (286) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012.05.21 - 750ml bottle in snifter. Pours deep brown or black. Thick one finger caramel head subsides slowly but leaves a nice cap and some lacing. Aroma is spices and mild yeast. Flavor is quite nice. The front end seems to be saying "stout" with a roasty flavor. This never really materializes and instead gives way to the spices. Very nice. I've liked most Mikkeller brews I've had, and I fully expected to like a Mikkeller spiced holiday brew. I was right.
BillWyce (751) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes: Poured opaque deep brown-to-black with a thick, creamy tan head. Aroma is mild, with cocoa, some spices and maybe a note of yeast. Nice, full body with deep flavors and a medium-thickness. cocoa taste up front, with a nice, lingering bloom of spices in the finish...pretty sure there’s allspice and maybe nutmeg and/or cinnamon. A touch of yeast in the finish. The spices become more notable as it warms.
gunnfryd (11257) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is coffee, malt, dried fruits, spices. Flavour is coffee, malt, licorice, alcohol, cinnemon, cloves, spices, sugar. Nice beer.