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Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2012

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Mikkeller
Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 201   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Ingredienser: vand, malt (pale, special-B og chocolate), flækket hvede, mørk candi sirup, humle (northern brewer, hallertauer og styrian goldings), krydderier (appelsinskal og korianderfrø) og gær.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikedR (1453) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Strong. Doesn't hide its ABV well. A little too barley wine esque for my tastes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3899) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2012
On draft at rustico Arlington. Pours black with a thick tan head. Raisins and plums in the nose. Add some prunes to mix and you have a fantastic brew. Warming alcohol finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (12025) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2012
Draught at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. Black beer with a small brownish head. Malty chocolate aroma, caramel, spices, some chilli, syrup, orange peels, citrus, cocoa powder, licorice, coriander, citrus, wheat, raisins, toffee notes. Malty syrup flavor, spices, chocolate, licorice, vinous, some tar, dry hops, floral, orange peels, earthy notes, toffee, some leather and some sweet licorice. Good stuff!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EvanFriend (342) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Very smooth. Somewhat like an imperial stout, but with a festive, spicy finish that really defines it. I like Mikkeller in general, and this beer shows to me that they can do more than IPAs. Quite good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - DEC 20, 2012
Keg at Friends of Ham. Pours an inky black, small bubbly head. Aroma is liquorice, spices (clove and juniper), some coffee and chocolate. Taste is similar - really nicely balanced. Medium-full body, low carbonation. Just very nicely balanced and really tasty - like Pannepot, but closer to my tastes. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7133) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Draft. Blackish beer with a brown head. Toffee and spice aroma. Toffee and spice flavor with light chocolate. Medium-plus bodied. Toffee and light spice lingers with light chooclate.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2012
The pour is a very dark brown color with a full, pale tan, foamy head which settles to a thick, rocky foam and leaves decent Belgian lace. The nose is a bit off (may be infected), lactic, some floral, grass, burnt toast, bitter chocolate, and slight toffee. The flavor is similar with lactic still, burnt toast, sweet toffee, dark chocolate, faint apple skins, light cinnamon, and floral. The palate is medium to full, silky smooth, soft to lively, and round. The beer finishes mostly sweet with toffee, dark chocolate, some cinnamon, and toast and roast notes left on the tongue. A fairly disappointing beer from a series I look forward to every year. I’m not sure if the beer was infected but the nose sure seemed that way. The biggest positives were the incredible drinkability for the ABV and the amazing palate for the style. Decent but not as good as the past years.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (4693) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2012
75 cl. bottle sampled @ 18th Christmasbeer festival in Essen. Lighter black / brown, light ruby shade, mocha bubbles. Smell is light, sweet liquorice, cough syrup, lightly mineral. Taste is sweet mocha, sticky chocolate, cream & creamy, liquorice, herbal, bitter mineral, burned coffee in the back & light booze. Sticky but less full than usual body. Not the top but certainly solid & enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (5642) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2012
15/XII/12 - bottle @ Kerstbierenfestival (Essen) - BB: n/a (2012-1357) Thanks to the Belgian/Dutch ratebeer crew for sharing our beers!

Clear red ruby to purple beer, small creamy beige head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet, caramel, alcohol, sugar, red fruits, bit woody, hint of red wine, dried fruits. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: very sugary, sweet, caramel, mocha, chocolate, candy, lots of alcohol. Aftertaste: chocolate, bitter touch, lots of alcohol. Not too bad though!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikeyswede (37) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2012
Even if it’s a dark strong ale it is a fiest for both the eye and the mouth - you have to taste it


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