Elwood (3027) - 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 (9997) - 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 (272) - 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 (700) - 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 (10275) - 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.
mkel07 (3150) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown colour with a light chocolate coloured head. Malty chocolate aromas with some vanilla in the background. Full in the mouth with a long lasting aftertaste. Smooth flavours of raisins and prunes. A good sit and sip beer.
burg326 (3589) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a deep dark brown with aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, wood, vanilla, spice and some yeast. Flavors are the same, blending nicely together. As it warms the booze flavor comes out more, but still good none the less.
Glouglouburp (5960) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In short: A big roasted spicy beer. Meh.
How: Tap at Farmhouse Tap & Grill, Burlington VT
The look: Very dark burgundy (near black) body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose is moderately roasted, notes of root-beer, dried dark fruits and notes of cloves. In mouth the spices come out much stronger, too strong for me. Cloves, star anise and some other spices are all over the place amidst a chocolate bar with cherry filling, burnt cereals, burnt brown sugar, dirt, black pepper, a bit of booze, thick honey, candied apples. This is a big spicy beer that is here and there, a bunch of stuff thrown in the tank with no real rhyme or reason. Santa’s Little Helper, hmmm… so in a single night Santa goes all around the world without taking a break, if you ask me, Santa’s Little Helper is meth.
b79turner (221) - Alabama, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Dark brown pour with a 2" fluffy beige head. Aroma is fantastic, especially if you like traditional Belgian Trappist beers. Nose is full of candy sugary goodness, taste is almost over the top sweet. Very rich, decadent, this is borderline dessert. I enjoy this style of beer, so I might be a bit biased, but a bit more balance is needed. Overall, a very good beer.
sunevdj (3134) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours black with a beige head. Smells of apples. Sweet with aromas of carmel. Hints of spices and calvados (and cask wood?). Medium to full bodied. Soft carbonation.