thirstyrabbit (849) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Very dark brown body, tall beige head. Aroma has burnt caramel, dried berries and some American hops. Taste has the same but it’s all veiled with overbearing roast. Finish has burnt gingerbread. Too roasty and therefore somewhat hard to enjoy. Might shine when paired with some very sweet cake?
NORSAND (9) - - NOV 12, 2013 does not count
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
9,5 year old (Brewed 27 July 2004)
Colour: Dark brown. Some carbonation.
Nose / aroma: A bit muted immediately after opening but opens up after some aeration. Caramel & Munchner malt, chocolate, some hops. Typical bottle (beer) maturation aroma (not a big compliment).
Taste: Medium body, quite refreshing and balanced, coffee, some dark chocolate. Quite long aftertaste.
After 9,5 years quite mature but impressive freshness and balance.
rederic (2790) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle, dark heazy mahogany-ruby hue, with a thick pillowy tan head, with a yeasty, doughy, chocolatey, mild fruitcake nose, with some molasses, light coffee, roasted, chocolate, toasted malt accents in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, doughy, light dark bitter chocolate, burnt fruitcake, mild black coffee, roasted, choclate, toasted, caramelized malty character, with a faint burnt black currant, burnt toast, burnt bran muffin, molasses flavours, leading towards a yeasty, doughy, dark bitter chocolate, burnt fruitcake, coffeeish, roasty bitterness finish.
IPAgutten79 (175) - Skui, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Juleøltest: Testens vinner slår andreplassen med liten margin, men den er dog testens beste! Rødbrun med medium skum, Aroma av mild sjokolade, noe krydder, malt, tørket frukt og mild kaffe. Meget tiltalende! Den smaker tørket frukt, og minner litt om en mild belgier, ala Rochefort Trappistes 8 (Uten sammenligning kvalitetsmessig forøvrig). Medium fyldig, med potent bitterhet i ettersmaken.
Vighals (406) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Svart med kremete beige skum. Julekrydder karamellukt. Bitter kaffe kakao. Bitter men kort ettersmak
martjoobolut (99) - ESTONIA - NOV 9, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice strong aroma of chocolate, spice, hints of alcohol, caramel, sweetness, coffee. Looks dark brown with slightly tan head. The head is big and stays for a long time. I used 2 glasses: tulip and wide goblet (as recommended on the label) and in both of those glasses thin head never really dissapeared. Taste has everything you can smell - chocolate, caramel, sweetness, coffee, alcohol, but also some nice bitterness (dark chocolate). After taste is also pleasant dark chocolate bitter with alcohol and noticable caramel. Medium carbonation.
Overall this is really great beer and really makes you feel like christmas. Note: I would recommend using wide goblet (recommended by the label of the bottle) rather than tulip (recommended by this site), you can really notice a big difference with this beer.
ReverendMoon (94) - Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting character. I think it’s a licoricey- type spice, something that definitely rings "winter holidays" (to be PC). I haven’t really encountered this aspect in a beer yet, so I don’t know how I feel about it. Almost tastes like a Christmas tree?
jstraw (1837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from last winter. Dark mahogany with big, foamy, brown head, good lacing / Rich but mellow nose of roast grain, chocolate, dark fruit, spice / Medium to full body, smooth, chewy, moderate sweetness with toasty acidity and good balance & bitterness / Flavors of dark roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, licorice, prune, grass / A little overroasted, to nitpick.
banii (219) - Trondheim, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Several vintages. Licorice, spices and burned malts. Always a treat. Aged really well. 2009 vintage is fantastic, and the score is based on that.
HonusWagner (1048) - Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Some mild pine hoppiness with a semisweet chocolate, kind of smoked maplewood, and lightly ashy aroma. Flavors are similar, semisweet, mild bitterness in the finish, a bit of a sea salty closing note, nice sticky mouthfeel, excellent beer with a year of age on it. This is the best bottle of it I’ve had, but it’s quite awesome.