slowrunner77 (9948) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2014 a touch more spice and less hops than the stone version. nearly identical and just about as awesome.
lusikka (7681) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2012 Tap @ Olutravintola Pikkulintu. Rated on 5.12.2009.
Deep red colour with a creamy head. Very spicy aroma with notes of gingerbread, coriander and licorice. Rich flavor has the same elements with caramel, nuts and wood. Full bodied, oily and smooth texture. Very well balanced and pleasant for the holiday season. 9-4-8-4-16 4.1
500 ml bottle, batch #526, bottled 3.8.2010, BBE 3.8.2015.
Pours a very dark brown colour with very low on transparency. Small off-white head. Aroma of strong anise, pepper and licorice. Strong flavour of cough drops, salty licorice, pepper, anise and nuts. Some light sweet and ripe berries as well. Medium bodied, very smooth mouthfeel. Strong and long finish of sweet ripe fruits, anise and licorice. What a lovely spicy soup. Ages well, it seems. Could use some bite, which the tap version had. 8-4-8-4-16 4.0
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Raisins, juniper and spiced bread notes adorn this full-bodied yet effervescent dessert brew.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam floats atop the cloudy dark brown. There is too much yeast in the bottle to my liking.
-Mild citrusy tartness is found in the last half of each sip.
-The finish is not cloying at all, which often happens in these Christmasy spiced ales.
-The yeast gets in the way of the flavor even if you are careful not to include any in your glass.
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep dark brown body with tan head. Lots of spice notes on the aroma and taste, medium body and moderate carbonation, alcohol hidden and easy enough to drink.
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep brown with a smooth tan head. Nose is spicy, sage, ginger, toffee and caramel. Silky mouth feel, sweet malt, bitter chocolate with lots of spices.
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draught@Pikkulintu, sampled 2009-12-05) Very dark brown with medium, firm head. Mild aroma of licorice and eucalyptus, plus dried fruit. Roasted-malty flavor with Xmas spices, anise, dried fruit, some caramel. Quite full body, low on CO2. A quite pleasantly balanced Xmas brew, especially when warmed up a bit.
reggiedunlop (3650) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a very dark brown with ruby hues...nearly black...opaque...with a thick tan head...very nice lacing and retention. aroma is spicy...nutmeg, cinnamon?...also a bit like a spicy cologne...sage evident with some spruce, subtle sweet vanilla, nutty, hint of citrus...warming. flavor is sweet at first followed by spice and roastiness...hint of chocolate and chestnuts come through a bit. finish is earthy and spicey/sprucey...lingers. motufeel is thick and lively...silky. thoroughly enjoyed this one!
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle found in the clearance rack. pour is a dark earthy brown with a thick one finger head. aroma has sage, spice, juniper, nuts, and some sweetness. mouth feel is medium and has plenty of carbonation. flavor is really heavy on the sage(almost too much so), spices, juniper, sweetness, and a hit of rye bitterness.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a great beer at all, not terrible, I wouldnt buy it again. I was expecting substantially more. this one had a weird metallic taste that the previous incarnation did not have. it was really bad.
drpimento (3079) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Super dece beer. Poured with a tan, fine foamy, head and a little lace. Color is an almost opaque, mahoganey brown. Aroma is malty, spicey, dark ripe fruits. Flavor is like aroma but the spices come out more - can definitely pick out the sage and juniper; chestnuts are muted. Body and carbonation are perfect for the style: round full, fine aggresive but not overdone bubbles. Finish is like flavor, very well balance and short to medium long. Easy drinking beer. Could have another. Be real good with hearty meals.