Niller (417) - Hammel, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, Voldby Koebmandsgaard,DK. Black pour with tan coloured diminishing head, medium body and oily texture. Aroma/taste dark fruits, chocolate malt, pine and liquorice. Taste like christmas cake/iced fruit cake. Lovely brew, perfect for christmas!
KyotoLefty (5791) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml Bottle from Yamaichi. Chocolatey, spicy nose, licorice, light coffee, berries, apple, alcohol fumes. Interesting and strange. Black with a low, thick, bubbly tan head. Rich, malty, sweet. Chocolate, coffee, cream, licorice, spices, apple pie, blackberry jam. Rich and tasty, dessert-like. Much like a Belgian Imperial stout. Over the top and very tasty, though very sweet and lots of spice.
pdx77 (930) - Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at Roscoe’s. Distinct apple juice smell. Chocolate, apple, and spice flavor notes. Not hoppy.
brystmar (1074) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Big malt character guides the spice payload to my palate. Chocolate caught me off guard but blends nicely with the other flavors. This stuff ages well, so sit on a bottle for ~2 years if you've got extras.
Dogbrick (7107) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at World Of Beer. This brew pours a dark reddish-brown color with a medium tan head that diminishes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruit, malt and chocolate. Full-bodied with flavors of earthy malt, raisins, chocolate and yeast. The finish is fruity with a yeast aftertaste. Good beer overall.
Davros (1787) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours ruby-tinted black with a dark tan head.
Nose shows doughy bready malt, sultanas, golden syrup, fruitcake, and faint chocolate.
Flavours comprised of booze, bready malt, soft roasted malt, treacle. The alcohol is a bit harsh.
Thick creamy body. Could use more carbonation.
Belgians4Me (8) - Siloam Springs, Arkansas, USA - JAN 2, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: rum, rubbing alcohol, plumb, actually a little funky, but enticing; Pours: deep brown with great tan/red head; Taste was fantastic- raisins, plumbs and other dark fruits, very rich and sweet, warm going down; great mouth coating, but dry finish. Great beer.
patricks110 (1554) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out a dark, viscous engine oil with a creamy short lived tan head. Purely opaque body with a few bubbles popping on the surface. The nose is supremely rich and heavy with big chcocolate malts, a woody earthen malt and a hint of fresh vanilla. A hint of booze and just an incredibly rich aroma. Sugary and candied malts with a rich chocolate malt, earthy roasted malts with hazelnuts and vanilla. Rather smooth with a hint of alochol heat on the finish. A really good beer, but it could use a bit of ageing.
mcberko (5219) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, pours a near-black with a medium tan head. Aroma of Xmas spices, burnt caramel, some burnt cocoa and some charred malt. Flavour follows the burnt aromatics, with burnt molasses, some sherry-like oxidation, burnt caramel and a bit of a smoky quality. Quite heavy, burnt and somewhat spicy. The burnt qualities work well actually. Great stuff.
ArkansasCowboy (1) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 30, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: rum, rubbing alcohol, plumb; Pours: deep brown with great tan/red head, perfect; Taste was warm, raisins, plumbs and other dark fruits, very rich and sweet; Finish: great mouth coating, but dry finish. Great beer. Me want more.