KongKalle (12) - Stavanger, - JAN 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
It is enough to see this beer to understand that this is real stuff. The beer has a strong odor of chocolate, roasted malt and some smoke. This is a really tasty beer. First comes a distinct flavor of licorice, before the fine shades of dark berries, especially blackcurrant, take over. It is also significantly with spices, especially coriander. Sweetness is well balanced against a more dark roasted character, some coffee and well-integrated alcohol. This is admittedly a strong beer, and alcohol stings a bit in the end, but not more than that it is suitable for the Christmas meal. Mikkeller has made a strong, tasty and beautiful porter. It is perhaps not quite what we expect from a Christmas beer here , but it is a quite as good alternative. Recommended!
hackobock (3070) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
February 8, 2016. Bottle, as Til Fra Via so I assume it’s this version, best before August 27, 2019.
Black with a large, fizzy brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, licorice, hints of ash, some spices with cloves, cocoa, dark bread and leather. Taste is light to medium sweet, roasted bitterness, light spicy with a dry note. Finish is roasted with some licorice, dry cocoa and clove notes, some earthy leather notes, hints of coffee. Medium bodied, creamy texture with a dry finish, soft carbonation.
Quite good, roasted and spicy.
adster (632) - HUNGARY - DEC 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2015 Füstös karácsonyi porter a Mikkellertől, mely küllemében és leírásában ünnepi jellemvonásokat rejt, aromájában azonban leginkább az égetett, hamus, szivarfüstös jegyeket hordozza, míg ízében egyszerre jut hely a pirított, étcsokoládés és földes, autentikus porter-hangulatoknak, valamint a komlós lecsengésű, virágszáras, hosszan elnyúló kesernyét biztosító zárásnak. A megszokott téli összetevők kevésbé, ugyanakkor egy hidegebb estéhez dukáló, pörkölt aromákkal feldíszített szerkezet remekül kirajzolódik kortyolása közben.
Oelbas (268) - DENMARK - DEC 20, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Meget mørk rødbrun med groft forholdsvist kortvarigt brunt skum. Duft af mørk malt med en antydning af stjerneanis. Tydelige gardiner i glasset og en tør men fyldig smag, domineret af mørk mat og bitterhed herfra. Eftersmagen er tør og bitter. En fremragende stærk porter.
superspak (4302) - Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/29/2019. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, smoke, char, tobacco, leather, wood, pepper, light dark fruit/licorice, and herbal/roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready/smokey malt and moderate earthy hop/spice notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, smoke, char, tobacco, leather, wood, pepper, light dark fruit/licorice, and herbal/roast/smokey earthiness. Moderate herbal/roasted/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, toasted dark bread, smoke, char, tobacco, leather, and herbal/roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready/smokey malt and moderate earthy hop/spice flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and bready/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced Baltic porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready/smokey malt and moderate earthy hop/spice flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Holmen2 (2636) - NORWAY - NOV 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Backlog. At Mi2 at Cardinal 08.04.13. Dark brown. Brown head. Aroma of coffee and dark chocolate. Taste of dark chocolate and coffee, with some bitterness. Long, bitter and well-balanced aftertaste. Perhaps slightly too carbonated. High drinkability!
Vaiz (4182) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. Not sure if it’s this version, but the label clearly says "Til - Fra - via" in that order, but it’s a 33cl bottle ant the Best Before date is 27/08/19. Black pour, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, licorice, bread, chocolate, caramel, molasses and spices. Flavor is quite bitter, roasty, creamy, some caramel and with a huge body, especially for 8% ABV. Smooth and well drinkable. Lovely brew.
Leighton (17450) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg at Archea - Florence. Deep black-brown with a creamy brown head. Lots of hard roast in the nose, iodine, baking cocoa. Medium sweet flavorbwith dominant bitter dark chocolate, some bent plastic, burnt meat, charred wood, earth, burnt toffee. Full bodied, somewhat chewy, with fine carbonation. Sticky and lightly warming on the finish with some more char character - wood, plastic, earth - and more chocolate. A little too sugary at points, and also a little harsh with the chat. So so on the whole.
daje (3332) - NORWAY - JUN 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black body with a big light brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roast, licorice. Strong coffee and cocoa taste, earthy spices, finish with dark fruits. Massive body. A complex and robust porter.
Iznogud (1969) - CROATIA - JUN 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 330 ml from Svijet Piva, Zagreb. Pours black with huge brown head. Chocolate malty roasted aroma and flavor. Sweet with some bitterness. Some coffee. Very nice.
rosenbergh (9743) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. #201121. BB 30/08/15. (Alko) Helsinki, Finland.
Black colour with a big dark tan head.
Chocolate, cocoa beans, mildly roasted malt, sweetness and hoppy bitterness in a strong aroma.
The flavour is roasted malt, dark chocolate, cocoa, mild vanilla sweetness, mild hoppy bitterness and mild spices. Quite nice. Surprisingly drinkable for a 8% porter.