craftycarl21 (2205) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at CK. Rich black pour with a thick tan head. Nose and flavor bring stunning roasted malt, touches of char, bitter dark chocolate, and hints of plum and fig. Actually reminds me of a slightly less complex and less big Expedition; really smooth and drinkable on the palate. I dig this.
Iphonephan (3018) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at church key in DC. Pours black with a thick brown head. Toasted malt and coconut nose. Unsalted roasted mixed nuts in the flavor. Very bitter finish.
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Taste of huge dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, smoke, coffee, molasses, citrus, pine, and spiciness. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of big dark chocolate, caramel, smoke, and coffee on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and lush mouth-feel. Alcohol is pretty much invisible, hardly any warming after the finish. Overall this is an interesting and tasty Baltic porter with huge robust flavor and easy drinking.
tderoeck (4371) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
15/XII/12 - 75cl bottle @ Kerstbierenfestival (Essen) - BB: n/a (2012-1355) Thanks to the Belgian/Dutch ratebeer crew for sharing our beers!
Very dark brown to black beer, big aery beige to brown head, pretty stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: very strong alcoholic, mocha, caramel, chocolate, sugary, syrup. MF: quite some carbon, medium to full body. Taste: bit sour start, mocha, coffee, hint of red wine, pretty bitter, red berries. Aftertaste: warming alcohol, bitter hops, coffee, lots of roasted flavours, charcoal, dry ending.
TheCametron (1730) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at Kulovy Blesk. Pours Black with a tan head. Enticing roasty aroma. The flavour is chocolatey with vanilla and smoke. There’s an outside suggestion of festive spice and some charred wood. Thick and full bodied. Outstanding.
Plovmand (6302) - Helsinge, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Pours jet black with a creamy brown head. The aroma is spices, roasted malt and citric hops. The flavour is roasted malt, hops, coffee and licorice.
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KyotoLefty (6145) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Yamaichi. Huge chocolate and berry nose, dried fruits, light coffee. Very tempting. Lovely tan, rocky head on black beer. Huge chocolate and café au lait flavor. Chocolate cake. Woody roastiness and pretty big bitterness too. Berries. Some phenols. Very thick and rich. Excellent stuff.
77ships (3546) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75 cl. bottle sampled @ 18th Christmasbeer festival in Essen. The annual Mikkeller holiday card / Christmas porter which I must admit is still a pretty cool, idea / gift – Mikkel has a lot of these cool ideas going on. Pours a blackish very dark brown with a spotty mocha head. Smell is totally my thing, sweet creamy coffee, very creamy mocha, very milky milk chocolate, cream,…. Taste is totally coffee but unfortunately for me bitter & not sweet coffee, this one has oodles of coffee bitterness in it. I am getting quite bitter coffee, lots of roast, strongly burned, almost nearing campfire, very light turf, charcoal, bitter burned grains, bitter chocolate, I am trying to find some sweetness, only in the end followed by light booze. Slightly grainy body. Great stuff for people who like bitter porter – I personally liked the 2011 way more because that one was sweet :)
hackobock (1174) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Very dark brown with a tan head leaving a nice lacing. Spices, chocolate, soy, coffee and ark sugar in the aroma. Taste goes FROM bitter chocolate TO a burnt bitterness VIA a smokey character that reminds me of grilled/burnt aubergine skin.
sebletitje (6582) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample @ 18de Kerstbierfestival, Essen 2012.
Noire foncée, col crémeux, café au lait.
Arôme est malté grains, café et torréfié sur note de malt grillé.
Palais est malté, torréfié pointe d’épice avec en retrait cette impression de réglisse qui rajoute une fin de bouche appréciable. Le tout garde ce profil typique de Mikkeller. Ici, une bière solide, profile épais de grains, fini sec avec ce côté grillé/café avantageux et qui donne vraiment un beau fini à la bière.