hackobock (657) - SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Dark brown/black with a thick tan head. Roasted malt, spices, dried fruit in the aroma. Sweet with a mild bitterness finishing off. Medium body and carbonation.
Miksu (4731) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.375 l bottle, thanks hanniku! Opaque dark brown color with creamy head. Sweet aroma with dark sugar, solvent, licorice, pepper, nutmeg, coffee and hint of raisins. Thick sweet flavor with woody spices (licorice, nutmeg, clove), chocolate-licorice roastiness and toffee. Full bodied with smooth palate. Bitterness, licorice, charcoal and woody spices in finish. A bit hot on alcohol, but not bad. Spiciness is in fairly good control.
Dazz3 (1422) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at Ekstedt’s Testing 11-12-02. Pours pitch black with a big light brown head. Smells and tastes smoky malty with a slight soy finish.
Travlr (9809) - 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.
Nisse666 (3540) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thx to larsniclas cons 2011-12-02 Göteborg
AR: spicey, roaste malt
AP: dark brown colored body, wee beige head
F: roasted malt, cloves, great bitterness
Erasmus_ro (1047) - Alabama, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours black with a dark brownish tinge against the light and a large, thick, latte head. Aroma is fairly sweet with liquorice, coffee, alcohol, tones of christmassy spices. Taste is rather sweet though, again with coffee and spices and roastedness as well as alcohol. Palate is medium, could be fuller. Rather disappointing.
Ktwse (1202) - SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Prefer the 2010 to this. Pours dark brown with small tan head. Nose is fairly weak but there’s caramel malt, winter spices, brown sugar there. The taste is bitter, actually tastes like bitter almond. There is a hint of malty sweetness as well but overall a not too pleasant bitterness that sticks through the medium finish. Body is fairly rich with low carbonation.
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.