Christian (10367) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2007 Very dark, hazy beer with a lasting light brown head. First impression is a heavily spiced aroma, dominated by coriander and cinnamon, cardamom, and perhaps some anise, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Below the spice, you can make out some (cara) malt, fruity yeast and a bit of hops.
The flavour is quite bitter and dominated by coriander that stays in your mouth forever. It’s easy to love and easy to hate and certainly not for purists!
2007: I’m thinking more of cardemum, ginger and perhaps some Seeds of Paradise, still way too spiced, but all in all, same impression as last year. With the name Weird Christmas I respect the beer’s right to get away with a lot :)
Skinnyviking (6240) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. High and lasting off-white body. Very dark brown body. Spicy aroma of what I think is coriander, fennickle, ginger and sinnamon. Flavor of burned malt and spices. Coriander being the dominant. Rather bitter than sweet. Long aftertaste.
Gr0ve (2083) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle. Dark brown with a nice fine-laced off-white darker head, mostly around the edges. Distinct spices; nutmeg, cloves, spruces and pine. Quite like Anchor’s Our Special Ale. Low carbonation. Mellow, but with quite a bit of body. Lightly bitter, but mostly from spices. Mellow spiced flavours. Less spices this year (2006) than last year.
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Almost black with a medium sized head. Malty, roasted and sweet. Notes of christmas spices and vanilla. Very well balanced.
Theis (12166) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Ølbaren - thanks to Lotte. This is a big bag of christams cookies - but not too much. Very spicy, roasted, cookies.
OleR (4376) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 500 ml. Batch # 186. Christmas seasonal brewed may 2005. Huge brown head. Dark reddish-brown color. Extremely aromatic. All the spices connected to Christmas are present; lots of cinnamon, lots of ginger and cloves. Also raisins and black pepper. Sweet malty flavour, well balanced with mild and fresh hopbitterness. Taste is also spicy with notes of chocolate and caramel. Christmas on bottle!
Beer4000 (4118) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Dark brown body with a fine dense, long lasting head. The flavour comes quite up to the expectations you get from the aroma. Plenty of spices like cinnamon, clove, dried fruits and lots of ginger. It’s still a hoppy beer, but this is a bit suppressed behind all the other stuff. Long everlasting aftertaste with a hint of chocolate and a warming alcohol finish. I really believe this is a beer you either like or hate. I like it at some occasions, but not to often.
MartinT (7321) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Any first impressions?
-Sumptuous foam settles atop the opaque black.
-Cinnamon and licorice spiciness assertively connects with roasted malts and dark chocolate.
-Cloves and cinnamon are more subdued once tasted, but are still beautifully integrated to the chocolate maltiness.
-The rich, stoutish mouthfeel always remains smooth and drinkable.
What if you dig deeper?
-Mild roasty bitterness builds over the milky sweetness.
-Diluted molasses roam amidst the restrained spiciness.
-This is a unique, well-contained spiced stout which never gets below tastefulness.
Bottle; best before Sept ’08.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown colored ale wearing a fine beige cover. Strongly aromatic spice derived nose shows a fair bit of cinnamon, anise, nutmeg and burnt cookies scents that hints at those spicy cakes most grandmothers bake for Christmas. It definitely has a Christmas identity to it, thus feels rather complex, mostly sweet, but not overly so. Light gingerbread and maraschino develop a mealy, strongly cerealic juiciness or more precisely pudding aspect that matches the spices which manage to blend with less independence in mouth. Thick bodied, rich and with a heaviness that is lifted up by the very low carbonation that adds an oily, cakey feel. A fine dessert brew and quite spectacular in its originality and mouthfeel.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of MrWalker
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Very spicy aroma, ginger, cinammon and sweet fruit cake accented accented malts. Body is brown with a creamy pinky thin tan head-mostly lasting. Spicy/malty fore is very bready with huge fruitcake flavor. Somewhat watery finish hurts the overall feel. Flavor doesn’t match the intensity of the aroma.