patricks110 (1780) - 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 (7245) - 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.
larsniclas (5745) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled from Systembolaget
Very dark brown with a beige head.
Metallic aroma with warming alcohol and spicies.
A bit alcoholic flavour.
Rather light body with some dark toffee and spicies.
wyzzywyz22 (2037) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Beer Ritz, Leeds. My 1600th rating, yo ho ho. Deep dark brown pour with a fading yet persistent muddy tan head. Sweet candy nose of dark fruit , xmas cake, and booze. Creamy, slick mouthfeel. Rich boozy and warming .Great festive sipper for sitting next to the christmas tree with the rain lashing against the window. Essence of the season.
Pinball (10931) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from kihoskh shared with Gitte.
Very dark brown, smooth brown head. sweet malty aroma, dark fruity notes like a belgian quad, wood, booze, syruppy notes, some faint spices. flavor is hard roasted malts, spicy peppery notes, woody dry notes, quite strong and powerfull sort of a peppery, woody and dry imperial stout. Very tasty.
DesertDevil (555) - Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Whole Foods Chandler’s Watering Hole. Pours a slightly hazy dark burgundy (almost like wine). Sweet aroma of apples, figs, and some licorice. Dark roasted figs, burnt sugar and raisins on the taste. Syrupy palate. Not bad.
AndySnow (4089) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate. Flavour of toffee, chocolate, caramel.
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bottlewerks. Dark brown-black, oily pour with a medium, persistent beige head leaving heavy lace. Nose is chocolate covered cherries, chocolate liqueur and a bit of black licorice. Heavy, smooth body with light, very fine carbonation. Chocolate, vanilla, licorice, cherries and a bit of pine hops. While the swallow is sweet, the finish is more balanced, with sweet chocolate and bitter pine hops and some woody umami. A delicious treat for the Holidays.
bp (811) - Queens, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: pours dark brown with a thin tan head, dark fruit aroma and taste, very malty with some chocolate flavors, full bodied.