mcberko (8402) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
375mL bottle, pours a deep dark mahogany / dark brown with a medium beige head. Aroma brings out notes of butterscotch, cognac and dark fruits - interesting note. Flavour is very similar, with notes of butterscotch, buttery notes, some light barrel characteristics, and dark fruits. Not very similar to the base beer - the barrel aging has made this into a butterscotch bomb. It’s quite good for what it is.
Scopey (8305) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Mr Ken. It pours deep brown with a small tan head. The nose is toasty, earth, bounty bar, vanilla, toasted coconut, wood and dark chocolate. The taste is roasted malt, toast, fruit cake, earth, vanilla, spice, cognac, bounty and dark fruits. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Nice bounty bar character. Smooth, well-balanced and tasty. The clear winner of the 2012 BA Santa’s Little Helpers.
madmitch76 (17099) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
16th January 2013
Tasting at the pad of the ever gracious Bruce. Opaque dark brown beer, yellowish pale tan head. Palate is smooth and softish, semi dry. Soft creamy malt with a light touch of dark chocolate. Big coconut combines with the chocolate and cream to give a nice Bounty Bar vibe. Light and mellow Cognac leads to mild tangy dark fruits. Sweet and tasty. Lovely.
maneliquor (3391) - 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 (13248) - 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 (10123) - 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 (11055) - 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 (11493) - 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 (3013) - 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