ComradeK (861) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
500ml bottle, September 2010 brewing date. Pours a murky, almost opaque deep chestnut, with a large beige head, which lasts reasonably well, leaving some lace. There really isn’t a lot going on so far as the aroma goes: a very faint sweetness, some coffee grounds and perhaps a tiny hint of sweet spice, but it is all very weak. There are some reasonably strong hops up front, lending a bit of citrus flavour, but they fade fairly quickly, to be replaced by a bit of wet cardboard and a finish which is very reminiscent of cold coffee, and the unpleasant flavour which it develops when left to go cold. All in all, it is pretty lacklustre, although, to be fair, it had been in the bottle for close to 18 months by the time I drank it, so that may have affected it. However, the "best before" on the bottle is still several months away, so I have chosen to judge it based on that, and the results are far from excellent. I certainly wouldn’t bother with it again.
esp0r (1613) - NORWAY - DEC 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2010 vintage bottle shared at the Daje Yule Beer Sessions 2011
Brown, beige head. Smells of yeast, peat and caramel. Very nice smoky aroma. Medium malt body, god sweetness. The palate is a bit thin i think but at the low abv you often get thin palate for styles like this. Nice bitter finish
mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Thin black colour with a big helping of tan foam on top. Chocolate and toffee in the nose with some smokey burnt aromas as well. Well balanced bitterness in the flavour with aniseed aftertaste. Full and rich in the mouth with good texture and dryness on the palate.
Cunningham (3698) - Halden, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2012 Bottle from grocery store. Hazy brown colour with an off white head. Sweet and a bit roasted malt nose. Coffe, caramel, licorice and roasted malt flavour, toghether with a nice hoppy finnish.
HenrikSoegaard (9766) - Randers, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown good mostly lasting head. Red-amber colour. Moderate malty and heavy hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Very hoppy and slightly roasted. Average moderate bitter finish. Nice balance between malt and hops, almost too mucg hops for a porter.
saxo (12798) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are roast malt, caramel, rich licorice and hops. Light watery palate, but nice and smooth.
Psytron (1065) - Turku, FINLAND - AUG 1, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great yulebeer. In fact, excellent considering the 4,5 %. The heaviness and richness in taste is unmatched by any other not so strong beer.
tiong (2798) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Hilpeä Hauki, Helsinki. Originally rated on 30.4.2010. Spicy, malty porter. Decent.
maneliquor (2295) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours a dark mahogony with a small beige head. Lots of chocolate notes is about all I get on the nose. Much the same in the taste. Just a solid porter without being anything special
abemorsten (2234) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - MAY 7, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Shared bottle at the Cardinal juleølsymposium.
Hazy orange with a creamy off-white head that turns into a film. Roasted and grassy on the nose. Roasted, sweet, bitter and acidic flavors. Smooth in the mouth. Light to medium body. Dry finish.