jkwood04 (3803) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours deep brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of chocolate and caramel and pale malts, some spicy yeast, dark fruits, light bitterness, and some alcohol. Flavor the same with a decent blend but a little too much alcohol that is not hidden well. Average texture. Not a bad beer, but not the best.
dfinney23 (1590) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The thyme and bitter orange flavors blend very n’icely into this yeasty ale but an off-putting note in the aftertaste ruins it somewhat.
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle poured into tulip. Translucent reddish-brown hue with an enormous white head that recedes in a couple of minutes, but leaves some nice lacing. Primarily yeasty aroma with notes of sour cherries and some cheese. The first couple of sips were slightly metallic, but I never noticed it after that. Overall, the flavor is pleasantly sweet and malty with a nice wintry spice profile of cinnamon and nutmeg. The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth, with no evidence of alcohol despite its 10% ABV.
pcd1956 (19) - Purmerend, NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
caramel, brown, hazy, tan foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, thin feel, average carbonation,
commonmac (266) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tulip glass pour at a new Mpls spot called Mason’s. Really impressive head on a dark brown ale. Flavor is super smooth with maybe a little undercurrent of spice. Mouthfeel is something to behold...full coating for sure. I want a little more from the beer in general but still better than most domestic craft offerings. Rare to see this one in Mpls and hope to see it more often.
verstockt_k (3) - - FEB 6, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice Beer, rich taste. The best of the "Christmas Beers". Strong but tastfull
DeHeer (9) - - FEB 4, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Donker bruin bier. De geuren/neus in dit bier is heerlijk. De smaak is minder vol dan verwacht maar nog steeds goed. De afdronk is fijn. Waarschijnlijk krijg je een fantastisch bier als je het geduld hebt om deze een tijdje te laten liggen!
Hopswagger (197) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First beer of 2013
P: Dark mahogany tinted brown ale with a generous crown of creamy khaki head that swarms the top and sides with silkiness.
S: Sweet candy malt, raisins, allspice, nutmeg, agave syrup, thyme and curaçao. Yeast is earthy and dry with sweet pecan roll aroma. Alcohol is well hidden but spicy.
T/M: The curaçao peel hits the palette strong and follows through with thyme, cardamom, vanilla bean, oak, raisins. Spices are pronounced but more of cooking herbs than peppery spice. Creamy finishing silky body that bids farewell with bitter apple peels and subtle white pepper. Mellow presence of cherry booze once warm.
O: A fantastic choice for the first beer to start off a new year. Great flavors and well balanced. The thyme and curaçao are an interesting addition that create a smooth mellow drinking ale. Easy drinking and delicious. Highly recommend. Cheers!
Niall73 (1410) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rich dark brown with a creamy off white head. Aroma is sweet with booze and a hint if sherry. Medium body, mild carbonation. Slightly sticky but not too bad. Booze is there but it's in no way harsh, there's leaves, wood, candy and sweet melon. Good.
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CPH2200 (281) - DENMARK - JAN 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 vintage tap @ mikkeller&friends. Nutty and rounded with a hint of orange peel, slighly spicy and overall one of the best belgian xmas ales.