Helsdon (159) - Toronto, CANADA - MAR 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a tasty beer, but something was a little off in the flavour. Anyway...poured a dark opaque coke-like colour with a tan head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving a little lacing. Nose for brown sugar, ginger, clove - and here’s that off flavour showing up - a little camphor. The taste profile was very similar with a nice maltiness, clove, ginger, and once again that medicinal note that persisted into the aftertaste. It’s like they use black cardamom rather than green, but without the smokiness.
BitchPls (552) - FINLAND - MAR 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown beer with a huge beige head. Smells like glögi. The smell is good but thankfully the taste isn’t as strong on the glögi side. It’s more of a mild IPA combined with glögi. Really good and balanced. Medium body. Very drinkable and refreshing. A really positive surprise!
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Backlog. Bottle from Systembolaget. Spicy and herby with ginger and cinnamon.
HoppyBudgie (692) - SOLA, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with off-white head. Aroma is clove, malt, very gingery and other christmas spices Taste is very spicy with the same spices. Not my kind of beer, the spices are overrunning the maltyness and hoppyness.
k92488 (258) - NORWAY - FEB 9, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Backlog fra Cardinals crazy juleølsmaking. Jeg ticket alle de øllene, men så at de da ikke kom med på Statistikk, så nå blir det sånn ca...
SperkeleForce (550) - FINLAND - JAN 25, 2014
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2014 Bottle 50 CL. Pours dark brown with white brown head and an spicy scent. Notes of clover, some spices, some cinnamon, gingerbread. The clover and some other odd herb or spicy taste is too strong in this. Stinging harsh taste which would need something to balance it out for example some more hops. Kind of weird beer. Not too enjoyable.
VastActiv (2846) - Oulu, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 0.5l from local Alko. Originally rated 19122011. Colour is dark brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Spices, some sweetness and malts
rarbring (1381) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: A hazy chestnut colored beer. A low off-white head with some lacing and some curtains.
Palate: Medium low carbonation, a watery texture. A small body with a slightly dry finish.
Overall: Good, but the hops have become tired.
Note: Bottle 500 ml at home. (Vintage 2012) Reviewed 2014-01-09.
MarkoR (524) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a dark brown colour with a small white head. Aroma is ginger, cloves. Taste is spices, roasted malts. Very good beer.
TheBeerGod (5254) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - under the Peculiar Yule moniker. Murky copper pour with a short tan head. Aroma is very herbal and spicy. Gingerbread, herbs, licorice notes, spice and caramel in the nose and follows with the flavor profile. There’s a weird minty note to this as well. Maybe chocolate covered peppermint??? Or peppermint in a gingerbread cookie?? Very odd but not off-putting. Body is medium with a soft feel and light carbonation. Ends with more herbal notes, spices, light licorice, chocolate, gingerbread and caramel notes.