DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, batch 175, shared by Jason. Very dark brown body, small tan head. Coffee, tart plum, tootsie roll chocolate in the compelling aroma. Seems like a cross between a dry stout, brown ale, and a Belgian. Malty toffee, chocolate, and an odd banana/peach/pear fruit element. Odd flavor but it doesn’t draw me it - maybe it’s the chocolatey sweetness w/o the balancing roast.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 175, brewed on 080805; best before 080808(?). Late in drinking this bottle from SecretSanta. Clear mahoganey body. Light tan thin creamy head. Nice look. Sweet rich malty aroma, chocolate. Cherry licorice, raisins... very interesting aroma. Complexities abound! Flavor is dark.. dark fruit, dark malt, slightly roasted finish with a hint of nuts... banana nut bread... some peaty scotish ale type of thing. After a while picking up some bourbony alcohol hints. Good overall... probably hard to drink a whole bottle myself.
Furseth (1904) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark red, with a big creamy foam.
Aroma of coffee and dark chocolate.
Full body and long nice finish.One of my favorits at this brewery.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet raisins with chocolate liqueur. Lots of malty sweetness in the flavour, and it really combines well with the aroma. A very good depth, and a lovely warming glow. Top notch
gunnfryd (9317) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 16, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Red black colour with light brown head. Roasted coffee and chocolate in the aroma. Balanced roasted coffee and chocolate in the flavour. Pleasent finish.
chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBESG Grand Tasting, August 2005. Very dark colour - almost black. Vinous, chocolatey and full bodied. Plenty of burnt malt character. Unexpectedly bitter, making this surprisingly easy drinking. Didn’t really pick up the spices very clearly. I often find Christmas beers a bit cloying and hard going but I’d be happy to drink this one all night. The alcohol doesn’t intrude too much.
highlandlad (1394) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A traditional Norwegian Christmas beer with all the trimmings. Nice teak colour with a fine head. Very Christmasy aroma of star anise, chocolate, nutmeg - and a dash of sump oil for good measure. Very rich and sweet - it screams overindulgence. Nice soft palate, creamy and filling. Taste of dried fruit and molasses initially, but developsa big throaty bitter finish. Quite a spicy tamale. Very true to the Christmas beer tradition. Nice work. (Duff homecoming gathering, thanks to Duff for this one)
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
muddy dark brown, with a thin head . i got the chunks at the bottom of the bottle which were nice and flocculant fortunately and settled quickly. what a rich beer. like gouden carolus mixed with andechser doppelbock. sweet, round, filling chocolate and whisky and fruit and supersmooth malt luxuriousness. i’m sure this would make a lot of sense in the middle of a 22hour xmas night in Norway. a wallowable dessert beer.
norbrewer (15) - asker, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2006
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2006 Dark brown, aroma and taste like Fernet-Branca. Low carbonation. Its not my Christmas beer
TimE (2792) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is my favorite Christmas beer from these guys. Dark brown color, milk chocolate, caramel. Sweet full bodied malty chocolatey mouth with christmas spices with a touch of nuttiness. Mildly sour, dry finish that somewhat tasted like beer mxed with scope.