KajII (770) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml Bottle. The pour was a murky dark brown with a slight ruby hue and an almost average (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head that reduced slightly, but did last throughout producing excellent sheeting of lace.
The aroma was on the lighter side with a dark bread malt and a sweet doughy yeast and had notes of caramel and dark fruit (raisons, plums and figs).
The taste was very malty with a nice caramel sweetness from the onset, and then had a mildly sweet hint of dark fruit and a nice bold yeast presence towards the finish. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow with the creamy, fruity taste slowly fading into the background.
Mouthfeel was a few steps below medium in body and rather creamy in texture with a nice mellow carbonation.
Overall this was a smooth, creamy and easy to drink Strong Ale that does a great job of concealing the high ABV. Watch out this one, it could be dangerous...
azzie (59) - - APR 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany color, hazy liquid. Full body. Medium sweetness, aroma of caramel and fruits. Very drinkable. Good one.
Beerhunter111 (5570) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein dunkelbraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig süß, fruchtig, würzig. Geschmack röstmalzig, hefig, fruchtig, dunkle reife Früchte, Karamell.
Iznogud (380) - CROATIA - APR 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 750 ml at Pivkan, Zagreb. Pours brown with brown head. Sweet yeasty aroma. Malty sweet flavor with some fruits and alcohol. Some bitterness as well in the end.
Virvo (2) - BELGIUM - APR 8, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The overall score is a bit higher than the seperate factors because the slightly above avg elements blend very well into a smokey sweet. Basically, if you think Christmas beers aren’t bad, but the elements never excited you, go for this one.
I’m subjective because I’m usually not that strong on Christmas beers, but this one ranks among the best.
It’s a little heavy on the sweet as with any Christmasbeer, but also heavy on some spices and alcohol mixed through which actually makes the blend better.
Heavy isn’t a bad thing here, since everything is ’heavy’ and nothing oversteps, and Christmas beers usually fade into sweetish iron or clove that never lasts way too often. So this one has some balls, kinda fire’ish and spicier alcohol.
njnut (156) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured at tasting a brown with small white head and little CO2. I thought this being a strong it would be a harder aroma and taste but it was lighter. Thick bodied with a dark fruit aroma and taste. Yeast in the finish with a cherry note.
HammerTroll (191) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber color with a big tan head. Very nice nose, hoppy and fruity. Thick texture, full body, flat carbonation. Aroma is dark fruits, berries, orange, nuts, caramel. Very very nice. (Svijet piva 0,33l bottle)
Renobob (452) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAR 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bue en bouteille de 33Cl. Belle couleur foncée, bière forte avec beaucoup de C02. arômes de chocolat sur la fin.
budedou (260) - Villemandeur, FRANCE - MAR 24, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
pas impressionné par cette chouffe de noel... :(
Mais étiquette sympa...
veceo (229) - CROATIA - MAR 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy reddish brown color, medium sized tan head. Full body, average carbonation. Aroma is full of fruit, raisins, caramel malts, yeast, spices. Taste is medium sweet at first with light herbal hoppiness that follows. Finish is dry. Alcohol is not noticeable. Excellent beer.
vickey9 (412) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 16, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark red with a beige head. Nose is dark fruit. Body is full, texture oily and carbon high. Taste is sweet and bitter. Palate is ripe fruits, herbs and chocolate. Semi-sweet finish. B@H