radiomgb (2388) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario. Muddy brown in colour with a thin lasting beige head. The aroma is quite spicy with lots of ginger, cloves, cinnamon. The flavour is more ginger, some brown sugar. Finishes long, lingering spice. Seems bigger than it is.
Alpha10 (363) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014/11/20 - Pours an opaque, murky, brown-amber colour with a foamy tan head that quickly reduces to a lingering surface film. Aroma is mild caramel, fruitcake, heavy ginger and spices (cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg),and lots of spiceThere are spicy aromas of rich fruit cake. Taste is similar to nose; fruitcake, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, nutmeg and toasted malt. Mouthfeel is medium with slightly biting carbonation and a crisp, drying finish. Flavours are pleasant, but a little more spice centric than I had hoped. Nonetheless, this is a rather enjoyable brew.
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MortenHojem (1) - NORWAY - NOV 18, 2014 does not count
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A perfect Christmas, from Norway with love. Can be stored for years to evolve ;-)
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Nordcore (1053) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 50 cl. Deep red with a nice foamy but shortlived offwhite head. Aroma of anise, cloves and dark fruits. Medium sweet, ligt bitter with a long cloves and anise ending, nice. BB. 08.08.14, tested 28.08.2014
Cimbasso (249) - - NOV 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on draught at the Enoteca Svanen in Oslo. The beer is a dark ruby colour with a healthy whitish head. There are spicy aromas of rich fruit cake. This is really like Christmas in a glass. There is some malt taste but the overwhelming flavours are of cardamom, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and perhaps other spices. This mixture of flavours comes together very well, and there is a pleasantly dry finish from the fruity hops. This is a really wonderful, carefully-made brew and immediately put me in the Christmas spirit - not bad for the 14th November!
codfishh (113) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poutlrs dark brown aroma is herbal with some pine and spicy cinnamon. Flavor has a bready malty back bone with more herbal piney flavor.
slowrunner77 (6088) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"To start, none of the spices listed in the brewer’s description above are subtle, save for the coriander. the aroma was awesome...perfect for a spiced ale. the flavor didn’t quite match up...maybe a little TOO intense. My buddy and my wife noted a soapy characteristic. I can see that, very subtle. Made it seem like the spices were a little artificial, but it went away mostly as it warmed. I enjoyed the heavily spiced flavor even if it didn’t quite live up to the aroma or the collaberation beer made with Stone and Jolly Pumpkin. Like the winter ale, it poured dark with an everlasting head. Almost black. Smooth too, if a touch thin. pretty good beer."
mabel (6723) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[5606-20130727] 500mL bottle. Spiced Christmas cake aroma. Hazy, dark brown body with an enormously foamy tan head. Smoked and spicy fruitcake flavour has a nice nutmeg ginger aftertaste. Full body. Tasty but quite bold. (8/4/8/3/15) 3.8
pkomar (153) - Poznan, POLAND - JUL 31, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Loads of cinnamon, ginger and chocolate. Also a lot of roasty aromas, tiny bit of smoke and dried fruits. Very pleasurable aroma, feels like christmas. clear, dark liquid with a medium height head, good lacing. definitely a sweet beer, very tasty. Tastes roasty, lightly bitter. Low carbonation, long finish, medium body.
Great beer overall. A one to drink by the fireplace during christmas season.
Svesse (6296) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Reddish brown colour with dense, beige head. Malty, spicy nose with cinnamon, ginger, dried fruit, orange peel, juniper needles, clove, coriander seed, caramel and a touch of oloroso sherry. Malty, spicy taste with notes of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, orange peel, clove, dark fruit, hints of coffee and liquorice. Fairly dry finish with a balanced spicy bitterness. Medium body, smooth and well rounded. Quite spicy, but well balanced and tasty. Nice one.