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Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2012 (Barrel Aged Cognac Edition)

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
No commercial description

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (3274) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2014
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2014
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2161) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2013
From Aalborg, DK. Bottled, 251213. Brown with beige head. Aroma of malt and spirits. Flavor with caramel, nuts, alcohol and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11495) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (11492) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle. Creamy light Brown good mostly lasting head. Dark amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy and yeasty aroma. Vanilla/oak from barrel very present. Moderate bitter flavor. Strange oak/barrel notes. Not very wel balanced. Moderate bitter long finish. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PapaVillum (660) - Valby, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2013
25 cl på fad, 11 % ABV, nydt på Mikkeller Bar på Viktoriagade på Vesterbro, 17. december 2013. Brun/sort juleøl med flygtigt minimalt skum. Fantastisk duft af cognac, belgisk gær, julekrydderier. Øllet smager helt igennem uovertruffent. Cognac-/kokos-smagen giver dette bryg majestætiske afmærkninger, og smagen er svær at beskrive. Skal prøves! Mild, let maskeret syrlighed, sødme omsvøbt i belgisk gær-bitterhed. Indholdet af kulsyre giver igen denne øl en skjult støtte og er bare med! Neddroslet. Et mesterbryg! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
popery (1670) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Pours very dark brown, essentially black. Khaki head, smallish though larger than expected for the size, style, barrel aging, etc. Bubbles mostly die away after a few moments. Aroma is a mix of cocoa, cola, caramel, spice, and cognac barrel. It smells sweet and warm, like a warm slice of chocolate cake with a snifter of cognac. Everything comes together very nicely. The spice is a holiday-ish mix of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. It starts out with cola and honey sweetness. Unsweetened cocoa and holiday spice bring some depth to sweetness, while cognac and oak reign in the possibility of cloying sugariness. Very round flavor. Lots of stuff going on. The cognac barrel and chocolate combination is particularly nice. Mouthfeel is full and slick but a little fizzy at first. Tasty beer. I liked this one a lot more than expected. It tastes like a boozy Christmas dessert. I’m not normally a big fan of spiced Christmas beers, but Mikkeller did an excellent job, here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (10175) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2013
Sampled @ Kerstbierfestival Essen 2013. Opaque pitch black color, small beige to light brown head. Aroma of malts, lightly sweet, cognac, liquor. Taste malts, lightly sweet, liquor, cognac. Nice. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2013
38cl, Vintage 2012, new exclusive Danish brew, from Melger’s Haarlem, complex brew, spicy/roasted and slightly alcoholic/sweet, heavy, yet balanced, cloudy, good head, very good X-Mas brew, yet expensive!

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