FatPhil (9509) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2014 750ml bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn)
Pungent hoppy aroma, very raw - seems like it might appreciate some ageing, lots of orange peel. Quite different in the taste, this one is ready to drink now, unlike previous SLHs I’ve had young, despite the clues the aroma gave. Nice rich roasty body. Smooth palate, nice carbonation. Mellow roasty finish. Look forward to trying one with a little bit of age on it too. 6-12 months would be good, I guess.
Rerate: 750ml bottle - 15 months aged.(7+:5:7+:4:14=3.7++)
Beautiful aroma, sweet, very gently spiced belgian strong dubbel to almost porter roast. Lovely black, small tan head. Spicey estery retronasals, great roast nice and toasty. Nice little burnt finish, and some nice biting noble hops. Mellow rich roast finish, fills out very nicely
Benzai (8766) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2012 Sampled at OBER Kerstbierfestival 2012. Opaque pitch black color, small to medium sized light brown head. Smell and taste malts, some sweetness, port, slight hint of fruityness. Medium to full body, medium carbonation.
Dogbrick (8512) - 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.
Rune (8348) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From tap at The Bishop Arms in Copenhagen. Small glass served at the right drinking temperature. Coal black body with a dark red shade. Low head, dotted spots to the glassware. Dark malty aromas joined by a nice touch of Christmas spices. Rich Yuletide taste of anise, coffee, and chocolate on a moderate roasted backbone. Long bittersweet tail tingled with alcohol warmth. Great stuff that fits the holiday season. Enjoyed in a relaxing atmosphere. I’ve always liked visiting this place and even placed one of my books in their library. Thanks (Copenhagen 09.12.2013).
Meilby (8038) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 750ml @ Ølkonsortiet, Aalborg
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, spices, phenols, yeast and dried fruits. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light bitter with a long fruity and warm finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
gnoff (7954) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33 cl bottle thanks to Nisse666! At ekstedt’s x-mas beer tasting, on December 14, 2012.
Our bottle was marked 9.1% ABV. BB 28/08/18.
Dark brown to black color, brown head. Sweet, rubber, chocolate scent. Sweet, sugary, grains, spicy, salt licorice taste. Warming alcohol. Medium to thin mouthfeel, medium grainy bitterness. Salt licorice aftertaste.
mcberko (6883) - 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.
bb (6861) - 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.
sebletitje (6859) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample @ 18de Kerstbierfestival, Essen 2012.
Brune foncée, mousse moka laissant un léger filament huileux doré au verre.
Arôme est assez fleuri et houblonné; citronné et agrumes, le tout étant bien alterné par un bouquet généreux de malts.
Palais est malté, pain d’épices tirant fortement sur le torréfié et café et en fin de bouche une certaine fraîcheur houblonnée et une pointe de réglisse.
marcus (6697) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a medium-bodied chocolate and cinnamon flavor with a dry spicy finish.