maneliquor (3365) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle cheers to Kenny boy. The best of the BA 2012 Santa’s by a fair margin. Absolutely silky smooth stuff. Big vanilla and toffee focus in front of mammoth dark fruits and charry fruit cake. Oak sweetness and almost a soy note to be had in velvety and smooth nuttiness. Taste has a nice coconut focus to it which envelopes the dark fruits superbly. Quite stewed and almost gives off a crème caramel focus. Lovely stuff
Leighton (12625) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared in London - big thanks to Ken for another one of these Christmas lovelies. Pours rich brown with a frothy beige head. Very well balanced nose, with notes of coconut, rich chocolate, ripe fruits. Big sweet flavor with rich, oily coconut, somewhat sugary chocolate, low bitterness. Full bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Warming finish with more oily coconut, dark chocolate, dark fruits. Super well balanced and deep. Excellent.
Bov (9969) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draught@Erzbierschof - black beer under a persistent beige foam; creamy, nice lacework; light roasted chocolatey aroma, vanilla and woody notes of apples and cognac; pretty sweet, ful-bodied, creamy palate; residual sweetness, coffee and chocolate, light bitterness and roasted malts in the finish
Pinball (11000) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
37.5cl bottle from ølbutikken 90,-. pitch dark, smooth brown head. typical ba stoutish aroma with lakridskonfekt (sweet licorice, coconut, vanilla), roasted malts, sweet and spicy. flavor is coconuts, sweet licorice, mild hops, roasted malts, ends a little more malty roasted than it begins, palate is quite round. Flavor is quite a lot like a BA imp. stout, only somewhat sweeter perhaps. Not so much spices, but some can be tasted. I don’t like coconut very much in beer, other than that it is in fact pretty tasty.
Christian (11391) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a lasting tan head. Big aroma of dark chocolate, coconut, booze and Danish candy lakridskonfekt. Sweet flavour with lots of chocolate, fruit and oak.
Habanero (2870) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2014 Tap. Rerated.
Bottled. Pours dark brown with a small, lacing tan head. Aroma of toasted malt, caramel, vanilla, cognac traces and spicy notes. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry and slightly bitter. Medium bodied, oily text. and soft carb. An excellent brew.
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: Dark brown/black with 2 finger thick creamy tan head.
Aroma: Toffee, marzipan, coconut, and brandy.
Taste: Medium sweetness, low/medium bitterness and low sourness.
Palate: Thick coarse texture, light/medium body, average/prickly carbonation, slight alcohol warmth. Coconut, toffee and brandy, dry finish.
Comments: Very, very good and glass lace
OldMrCrow (2033) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle as part of the spoils from my recent Portland trip (Belmont Station). The shelves were thick with highly-rated Mikkeller beers that I have yet to try, but I’m particularly fond of brandy/cognac barrel aging and so this seemed a good bet.
Really good-looking pour into my Gulden Draak tulip, cloudy deep brown with a lovely fine tan head. Aroma of roast coffee, boozy cognac, and sweet Christmas cake spices. Ample wood.
The flavor is not over the top in intensity -- this is no pannepot despite some similarities in craft -- and yet the flavor impresses: gently sweet cola, deeply roasty but never ashy, prominent cognac brings both a oaken woodiness and a rich vinous element to the whole. Five-alive (remember that?). All of the elements of an almond joy candybar: almonds, coconut, chocolate -- but that descriptor implies cheap and mass-produced. This is the opposite. Others’ description of a creamy mouthfeel is right on. This isn’t thick nor is it hot, but merely enjoyable on the tongue.
Though it is not a thirst quencher this is relatively easy-drinking beer for the ABV, and would make a fine desert. It does enough on the flavor end to merit it’s high 10.9%. Unlike a few others in this category, though, one gets palate fatigue rather than increasingly thirsty as one works through a bottle. Based on the first sip I could go up to 4.0 on this one but based on all 12.7 oz, I’m going to let the score fall where it does.
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From Aalborg, DK.
Brown with beige head. Aroma of malt and spirits. Flavor with caramel, nuts, alcohol and spices.
thewolf (11303) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, bought @ YNWA Beershop, Kolding. Pours deep chestnut with a large, creamy, brown head. Aroma has oak, chocolate, light roasted sweet booziness. Low carbonation, fine creamy and light dry mouthfeel. Flavour has good chocolate, light roasted, oak, mild booze, elegant.