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Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2011

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Mikkeller
Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Danish: En mørk, stærk belgisk ale brygget på: vand, malt, flækket hvede, mørk candi sirup, mørk cassonadesukker, humle, krydderier og gær.

English: Belgian Ale brewed with spices


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bax (1142) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2011
(bottle 31 /12-2011) medium brown head, black color, roasted coffee aroma, dry roasted taste. Like a smoked imperial stout. BB date 25/08/17, bottled 25/08/11.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
frozen_glass (51) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Fragrant, but not in a perfume sense, more in the way that only beer can be, with hints of dark cocoa. Wonderfully and unyieldingly dark, with a persistent, rocky head of tan. Such a smooth, balanced taste for such a rich beer, leaning towards bitter; powerful but in no way overwhelming. It’s a full, creamy body with taste of fruity esters, that leaves that beautiful warming sensation from the throat to the belly. One of the best Belgians I’ve ever had. Buy up what you can find!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (3063) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2012
Bottle from systembolaget. It poured a dark liquid with big brown head. Dark malty smell with spices, ripe fruit and some yeast. Similar taste. Complex and well balanced beer. Very enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palme (3365) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2012
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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AshtonMcCobb (2542) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2012
75cl bottle thanks to onkelgobber. Pours opaque black with a slim but attractive head. The nose has nuts and praline. The taste has more hazelnuts, toffee, some spice, ginger cake. The palate is full bodied, with a lovely long texture that leans into the finish. Overall, absolutely gorgeous.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4394) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
alkoholocaust (37) - HELSINKI, FINLAND - FEB 7, 2013
0,375l bottle. About 1 year old. Pitch black with huge brown head. Aroma: Strong burnt, like sweet liqueur and dark fruits. Taste: Light smoky, dates, hopped and cognac. Full body with long and strong hopping. Average carb. No taste of alcohol at all. Improved at the cellar.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedSox2004 (1252) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Deep, deep reddish brown with a generous tan head that dissipated to a solid film and left very nice lacing. Chocolate and dark fruit up front on the nose, with hints of gingerbread and coffee poking through. Sweet dark fruits highlight the flavor profile, accompanied by strong coffee notes and modest chocolate. Winter spices and warming alcohol are also present. Full bodied, rich creamy texture, average carbonation and the dark fruit sweetness lingers in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (11199) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
Almost black with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, dried fruit and light yeasty. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and roasted moderate bitter finish. Soft and smooth. 031111

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (5957) - Hasselager, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2011
Bottle @ Ølkonsortiet christmas beer tasting. Pours black with a creamy light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, berries, licorice. Taste is malt, yeast, dark chocolate, dark fruit, berries, light licorice, spices, alcohol showing up in the finish. Full body, soft carbonation. Could well be mistaken for a imperial stout, but whatever still a great beer. 051111


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