radagast83 (6101) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, along with the 2011. Not nearly as mellow as the ’11, this one retains more spice and more distinct candi notes. Brown sugar, spices. Booze remains a bit more, a touch overwhelming, but not bad. Just drink this stuff fresh, or maybe one year - no more.
Hammy78 (903) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with my brother in-law. Pours an opaque, good carb, a little sediment, off white khaki head that’s about a finger high that dies down to a half a finger, a fare amount of lacing left behind. Smells like a typical Christmas spice. Sweet and malty. Tastes sweet, malty, bitter, spicy, a bit hot, I also get a touch of candy cane? Great stuff.
GothGargoyle (1882) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darkish brown with virtually no head. Aroma is raisins, dates, belgian yeast, honey, plum, xmas spices. Medium-full bodied, slightly sweet on the palate with a boozy finish. Taste is dates, raisins, caramel, belgian yeast.
olio (8197) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
tiong (5395) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
lusikka (7621) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
laiti (7742) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
The_Osprey (4179) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
slowrunner77 (7861) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"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."