suurjuust (2589) - ESTONIA - DEC 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, small brown head with filmy retention. Nose is sweet, malty, yeasty, dark chocolate, dried fruits, hops in the background. Taste is sweet, malty, caramel, more chocolate, hints at espresso, roasted notes, spice. Slightly dry finish with mild warming alcohol.
Benzai (12222) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2012 Sampled at OBER Kerstbierfestival 2012. Opaque pitch black color, small to medium sized light brown head. Smell and taste malts, some sweetness, port, slight hint of fruityness. Medium to full body, medium carbonation.
Cunningham (6462) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Traditional ale before christmas party with some friends.
Black with a big nice bubbly beige head that leaves a fine lacing. Chocolate and mild roasted malt aroma. Balanced sweetness and a mild bitterness. A bit dry texture. Toffee, chocolate and coffee flavour. Well hidden alcohol. Merry Christmas
[Bottle from Systembolaget in Strömstad, Sweden]
ekstedt (6319) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (33 cl), courtesy of Nisse666. Deep chestnut, large beige head. Sugary and caramelly with some faint roasted notes, salt liquorice and spices. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Sweet, low to medium bitterness.
pintbypint (3236) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml brown bottle. 10.5% abv on import stick, 10.9%abv on beer label. Deep dark brown pour, kinda murky. tan head, frothy, creamy and sticky at the edges of the glass. Nose has dark chocolately malts, spruce, toffee, black liquorice. Taste has cocoa, chocolate syrup, spruce, alcohol, spice, marmalade, some odd saltiness. Malty finish, cocoa powder, yeast, spice, a little bitterness. Medium body, light in the mouth, relaxed carbonation. Pretty big beer, some aging would definitely round things out. Overall, some interesting flavours, but just to big a beer to really get into at the moment.
gnoff (9417) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33 cl bottle thanks to Nisse666! At ekstedt’s x-mas beer tasting, on December 14, 2012.
Our bottle was marked 9.1% ABV. BB 28/08/18.
Dark brown to black color, brown head. Sweet, rubber, chocolate scent. Sweet, sugary, grains, spicy, salt licorice taste. Warming alcohol. Medium to thin mouthfeel, medium grainy bitterness. Salt licorice aftertaste.
max3517 (5) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2012 does not count
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
If I could give this beer an 11 I would. It’s perfect. Sorry I’m not so good at explaining what I like and don’t like. But I love Belgian beer and this one is now at the top of my list.
Nisse666 (5843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Ekstedts jul kul 2012 2012-12-15
AR: rich dark chocolate, coffey,
AP: opal black, frothy cremy brown head
F: dark chocolate, aceton, wee yeasty, wee burned rubber, licorice, needs storagee...
Jimbobbaby (7) - SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2012 does not count
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice light strong dark Christmas ale with quite little nose but a nice mouthfilling feel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Pyrmir (5201) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
330 ml bottle. Pours nearly black with a full beige head. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, dark sugars and roasted malt. Taste rich and well balanced, Dark malts and sugars, not a lot of bitterness. Very pleasant.