gunnfryd (9318) - 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 (2516) - 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 (2743) - 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 (5867) - 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 (207) - 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 (2916) - 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.
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1122) - FINLAND - FEB 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a medium-sized tan head. Roasted malt in the aroma with notes of spices, liquorice and chocolate. Flavour is sweet, roasted malt, liquorice, dark chocolate and spices. Some alcohol in the aftertaste, medium to full body.
Palme (2688) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Henrik. This is a deep dark brown one with a nice big, tan and bubbly head that both sticks around for a while and laces quite massively down the sides of the glass. Served way to cold of course, so it need some warming up. Normally that’s not to much of a problem but when you have been walking out in the rainy/snowy Bergen weather, warming a ice cold glass is not the first thing your hands want to do. Anyhow, after a while the aroma is filled with sweet chocolate ice cream, tons of roasted malts, lots and lots of woody vanilla and some hints of leather. Powerful on the aroma. Must admit that I’ve always thought that this was a imperial stout, but I now understand why It’s a Belgian. It has this thick and chewy - but also light and fluffy - almost velvety mouthfeel and the carbonation level is small-prickling and quite average. Chocolaty-roasted silky flavors with vanilla, wood, spices, yeast and brown caramel fudge. It ends perfectly hoppy-bitter with this everlasting prickling chocolaty, espresso powder, leather and dry finish and a warming slightly boozy aftertaste that lasts for quite a while. Heavy stuff from the Dane. I really like it! 29.12.2011
mabel (5183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[4167-20111203] Tap. Sweet roasted grains aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting creamy tan head and some light lacing. Roasted bitter alcohol grains flavour. Full body is quite boozy. Tasty but packs a little punch. (8/4-/7/3/14) 3.6
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shonobiwan (201) - Sound Beach, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2012 Long Island, NY - 750 mL bottle poured a dense dark brown with beige head and slight lacing. You can smell dark fruit as you pour this one. Aroma is of raisins, figs, dark roasted malts and some sort of spice. Taste is along the same lines it malt and alcohol taste are too over powering. Ok for a Christmas beer but I think the labeling oversells this one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone