EvanFriend (163) - New York, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
FaithHealer1 (330) - SCOTLAND - DEC 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
bb (5888) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
77ships (2156) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
tderoeck (3000) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
mikeyswede (37) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Even if it’s a dark strong ale it is a fiest for both the eye and the mouth - you have to taste it
Theydon_Bois (2957) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Cask, Pimlico - 14/12/12.
Very dark mahogony brown with a thin head.
Nose is booze, dark fruits, leather, spice, Belgian yeast esters.
Taste follows, boozey - but well balanced, dark fruits, sugars, dark toffee, spice, yeast esters a la Beglique.
Full bodied with soft carbonation with a boozy dark fruit finish.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick dark brown with low to moderate carbonation.Nice roasty flavor mixed with candi sugar and soy sauce. Ends with a slight warming alcohol and roasty lingering finish.
deanso (3193) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the Essen Xmas beer festival.
Thin ran head. Clear black pour. Lots if chocolate. A great brew.