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Mikkeller X-mas Porter 2007 Til Fra (To From)

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial/Strong Porter
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 314   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Danish: En porter brygget på: vand, malt (pale, caracrystal, pale chocolate og chocolate), flækket havre, mørk cassanade, humle (centennial og cascade), krydderier (stjerneanis, kanel, nellike og korianderfrø) og ale gær. Etiketten til årets juleporter fra Mikkeller er designet som et ’Til Fra’ kort. Udfyld kortet og stil flasken under juletræet – den perfekte julegaveidé fra den dovne mand/kvinde!! Til Fra er en mørk, let ristet porter krydret med julens krydderier. Maltens sødme, humlens lette bitterhed og den diskrete mængde julekrydderier skaber en så velbalanceret øl, at du kan høre englene synge.

English: ’To From’ is the perfect Christmas gift for lazy dudes. Just fill in the To/From card on the front label and put it under the three. ’To From’ is an easy drinkable christmasporter with light malty sweetness and a slight touch of X-mas spices.

Editor’s note: This is the 2007 edition. 2008 has a separate listing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 8, 2007
Black colored, medium sized dark brown head. Rich roasted aroma with spices and porterish berries, bitterness is also obvious from hops, some Danish yeasty vegetables can be noticed too. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is more Belgian styled: spices and bitterness, still this roastiness and berry-caramelly sweetness come up. Roastiness gets stronger in aftertaste with some drying sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11259) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2007
Tap @ Lord Nelson, Cph. Pours pitch-black with a pretty, creamy small beige head. Aroma is sweet, heavy dose of chocolate and roasted caramel sifts through. Some delicate liqourice and cinnamon peeps through as well. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Initial flavour is VERY roasted and chocolate, hiding away all the spices and giving the beer a little un-rounded sharpness. As it warms up, the liqourice and spices become more apparent. Could do with a little cellaring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29850) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2007
[Another century celebrated with a Mikkeller beer - this time 9300] A pitch black beer with a huge dark brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of chocolate, licorice, and spices - I pick up cardemomme and pine amongst others. The flavor is very sweet and very powerful the first strong note is from chocolate, but it is very soon overpowered by spices - and lots of different ones, vanilla, cardemomme, spruce, and more - like a mixture of all the different spices used for christmas - and I believe that Mikkel has used the used christmas tree from last year to rotate the mash - I guess that is where the spruce comes from, more subdued notes of licorice and roasted malt are found in the back ground, it also has a light acidic note from the hard roasted malt, before a very dry and still quite spicy finish sets in and lasts for a long while. Just a bit too spicy for my liking, but still nice and probably better with some spiced christmas food than alone on a November evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bugrat (60) - Cph. V, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2007
I migth be a bit colored on this as I tend to favor porters at the moment, but it is just so damm good. Nice "dry" burnt aroma. A nice balanced flavor and mouthfeel. Maby a little on the shy side, considered it is a Mikkeller, but then a very nice experience of (again) very well balanced spices hits the tastebuds. This is an all season favorite porter...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mette (224) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2007
det var vist mig selv som medbragte den til ølklubben. Tak til mig. Sort som kul og et lystbrunt skum som er super creamet. fremstår indbydende men er ikke helt til min smag. lidt for brændt og lidt for sjovt krydret, på grænsen til det parfumerede. kaffeduften er god, men smagen minder mere om kaffegrums. Mørk bitter choko.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Defreni (2649) - Husum, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2007
Fad. Rigtig god øl, men en del mere brændt en jeg normalt ville forbinde med en porter. Mere ovre i en stout kategori. Dette skal dog ikke ligge denne øl til last. Da der er en rigtig god balance, og en lang lang eftersmag. God måde at slutte aftenen på.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8033) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 3, 2007
This beer ought to be under De Proefbrouwerij, Belgium (1187). It says even so on the label! Huge foxy-brown beer, dense & lacy over practically black beer with deep purple shine (and no, I don’t like R&R). Watercress, lesser duckweed, dark malts, touch of liquorice and molasses, very fine hops. Dirk says fruity-vinous. Stout, with Chinese herbs, like 5 spices. Almost certain far-chiew powder. Tastes like entering the spices/Chinese medicine part of the toko. Slight sourish, burned malts finish. Very slick, nearly oily, bit dry-burning MF. Pretty demure for a Mikkeller brew - and typically for a Proef. It’s interesting, but certainly not great. The idea for the name, however, certainly is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sunevdj (3271) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2007
On tap @ Pegasus. Pours a black with a beige head and lacings. Bitter and quite spicy. Anis and all spice. Low carbonation. Finish had a slight acidic touch with spices and a bit of toasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2007
Bottle. A Black beer with a big beige head. The aroma is light roasted malt, chocolate, clove, anis and cinemon. The taste is roasted, chocolate, light coffee, very spicy, clove, anis and cinemon. Medium body with a dry, long spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - OCT 29, 2007
Tasted at Kulminator. Bottle mentionned brewed at proef brewery Locristy. 1st in the row of 4. Mikkelers. Very nice beer. Not to much alcohol taste. Full bodied

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