beerbaaron (1222) - Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2012 Black, small to medium tan head. Chocolate, some coffee, dark fruit. Spices are subtle. Full body. Excellent balance and finish. Yet to have a Mikkeller beer I wasnt impressed with.
Cirrhosis (1203) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown.....we’ll just call it black, a thin brown crown floats on top. Nose is full of raisins, pine, and hints of coffee. Aroma could be bolder. Couldn’t wait needed to drink..... thick..... raisins.... molasses.... coffee finish. I let beer warm for half an hour, so much better now. Heavy almost burnt tasting malt, thick dark fruit that morphs into cheery in the finish. Ash, wood, prunes, coffee. Crap done half the bottle my head is vibrating/spinning. I think I’m hitting Belgian yeast but not sure. I swear this is more of a Porter the Belgian strong. So much cheery in the nose now. When I exhale my breath taste like booze and melons. BLETCH!!!!! All my thoughts are fuzzy and confused, I’m concentrating as hard as I can but unable to focus on anything. Dam this tasty. Burnt sugar bordering on soya sauce. Starting to notice a ashtray in the lingering aftertaste. A drunk Brad is a happy Brad..... until morning, hungover Brad hates everyone..... he’ll cut you.
Reimer96 (1201) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an almost opaque dark brown with a frothy brown head and good lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast, dark dried fruits, chocolate, caramel and candi sugar. Taste is dark dried fruits(plums, dates and figs), alcohol, caramel, caramelized sugar and a light bit of sugar. Finish had a warm alcohol finish with a good hop bite... Excellent Belgian dark strong and wicked Christmas dinner beer.
Yorker (1173) - Herning, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
75 cl bottle @ home. Pours dark brown with a tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is dark fruits, roasted malt, chocolate, and spices. Flavour is dark fruits, roasted malt, and spices.
mikedR (1164) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong. Doesn't hide its ABV well. A little too barley wine esque for my tastes.
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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.
Beerhammaren (1052) - FINLAND - DEC 15, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
.75l bottle @ Vihreä Haltiatar
Pours black with low tan head. Aroma is herbs, coffee, alcohol, dark fruits. Flavor is coffee, roasted malts, plums, alcohol, herbs, hint of vanilla. Swell beer!
suurjuust (1033) - ESTONIA - DEC 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, small brown head with filmy retention. Nose is sweet, malty, yeasty, dark chocolate, dried fruits, hops in the background. Taste is sweet, malty, caramel, more chocolate, hints at espresso, roasted notes, spice. Slightly dry finish with mild warming alcohol.
txspartan (966) - Wilrijk, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Marzipan aroma. Nice coffee colour. Excellent sweetness. Pretty darned good.
andrewturba (962) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy dark brown with an average creamy brown head. Aroma is rich maltiness, dark fruity esters(raisins, plums, and cherries are most prominent), some mildy spicy phenols, caramel, alcohol, and a bit perfumey. Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, dark dried fruits (raisins, prunes, plums.), warming alcohol, caramel, and dark candy sugar.