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Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2012

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Ingredienser: vand, malt (pale, special-B og chocolate), flćkket hvede, mřrk candi sirup, humle (northern brewer, hallertauer og styrian goldings), krydderier (appelsinskal og korianderfrř) og gćr.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (7903) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2014
75 cl bottle. BBE 28.08.2018.
Pours black color with a large beige head. Caramel malts and some booze on the nose, wood, some licorice and chocolate too. Chocolate, licorice on the flavor, wood, hints of alcohol and cocoa. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (5061) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2014
750ml bottle @ Varjopikkujoulut

Pours dark brown with a smooth head. Aroma of ripe fruits, syrup, candi sugar, some roastiness and orange peel. Taste is smooth, sweetish and syrupy with some orange peel, syrup, ripe fruits and hints of roastiness. Finish is sweetish, slightly roasty and fruity with some syrup and toffee. Quite interesting, feels a bit more fruity than the other versions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (7442) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown, almost black colour with a small head. Aroma of sweet maltiness, grass, some herbal notes and orange peel. Flavour of salty licorice, strong orange peel notes, coriander, metallic notes, chocolate malts and some bitterness. Medium bodied and a dry spicy finish. Probably the fruitiest SLH so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (7590) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2014
75 cl bottle @ tiong. Bottled 28.08.2012, BBE 28.08.2018
Aroma has oranges and some licorice. Flavour has licorice, some alcohol, ash, tobacco and orange. Also some smoky whisky tones even though this is not a BA beer. Pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
Poured deep reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma of roast malt, fudge, red wine, milk chocolate. Medium to full body, flavour as the aroma, light coconut.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (3443) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2014
750ml bottle, into snifter. Bottled Aug 2012. Black, small tan head. Aroma is pungent with sherry, fruit n nut chocolate, hazelnut. Body is medium, smooth, slightly foamy. Taste is molasses, spice, alcohol. Fine, a bit sharp and boozy for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (7207) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
"A little spicier than I remember older vintages being. Smells at first of Christmas tree in a bottle. Super smooth though the alcohol shows as it warms. Pine, chocolate, dark fruit, molasses...really nice, as expected."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (533) - HUNGARY - AUG 9, 2014
Szurokfekete színe alól megnyerő illatok szállnak alá eszpresszószerű habpaplanon keresztül. Kávés, virágmézes, füves-földes, sokat sejtető egyveleg. Édeskés bevezetés, telt zamatok, jellegzetes Mikkeller-tulajdonságok, amikben a kirobbanó kávés jellemvonások, étcsokoládés színezet dominál egy mézes, egyszersmind stout-szerű karakterrel. Édessége meghatározó, mégsem émelyítő, kellemes kölcsönhatásban van a pörkölt, pirított komponensekkel, melyekkel együtt egy önálló alapíz körvonalai bontakoznak ki. Kékszőlős, mandulás, alkoholos jegyek szövődnek össze testvériesen, így téve egészen egyedivé, mégis jól ismertté a rokonszenves ízhatást.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bulk_Carrier (2781) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - JUL 13, 2014
A little late on the upload of this but here goes. This was poured into a tulip and a snifter. The appearance was basically the same in both glasses. Here’s the rest: there’s a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light lacing sticking around the sides of the glass. The smell had a really nice Belgian spiciness intertwining itself in between some delicate chocolate sweetness even still letting in some light vanilla and some hot booze. The taste was mainly sweet and spicy. On the palate, this one sat about a medium to heavy. Yup, this one’s a sipper and the carbonation was fairly smooth. Overall, mmm, nice Belgian Strong Ale worthy of having again but would probably just welcome the following year’s version just as much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6760) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 14, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black, rich, chocolatey, full of spice, caramel, dry roast.

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