closey22 (983) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark opaque with thin lasting beige head; aroma is most peculiar:)- mostly of a citrus blend and blend of pine- orange, lemon, lime and fresh cut pine tree; flava is mildly sweet, notes of plum/raisin with a woody/sprucy underlay and then roasty dry grainy malty; feels medium to thick with nice foamy fizziness; finshes both equally sweet and dry leaving hints of fruit and spice and molasses.
daniellerose7 (119) - new york, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
GIMME IT ! the most christmas-y beer ever!! wow-o zow-o hints of cinnamon spice and EVERYTHING nice having to do with Christmas! more, please!
TyggaBrown (420) - NORWAY - SEP 5, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2012 2011: Probably my all-time favourite beer - and at the same time the one beer I’ve tasted that I can’t compare with any other beer. A perfect match to a Norwegian christmas dinner.
2012: Now we’re talking the real dela. This is perfection! More of the ginger and cinnamon, and less of the cloves. Close to shampoo aroma, and the mouth feeling is sharper than 2011.
Prahna (1) - SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2012 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite odd taste but well tasting. An aftertaste of poplar which i believe is makes the beer interesting.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
20091217 50cl bottle from State Line. Gorgeous deep mahogany colored, hazed, with frothy tan head that lasts and sheets on the glass. Fantastically seasonal aroma is lush with panetone, cedar, currant, juniper, sage, and wintergreen. Body is medium light with even, soft eff and not a lick of sweetness. In fact, it’s bone dry but with only the slightest astringency. Incredibly refreshing and not at all tiresome despite the intense spice and herb combination. And that. Once I got past my initial impression that it reminded me of old school Noxzema shaving cream, the beer begins to actually taste like my favorite aromas of Christmas. Beautiful combination of spruce, gin, curacao, ginger, nutmeg, leather. There’s a cooling, lingering mintiness. It’s the second time in the last week that I’ve had a beer with this quality and last time the brewer told me it was due to rosemary. I wonder if this beer has rosemary as well, or if it is actually juniper or spruce boughs, or something I’m not even conisdering. Whatever they’ve got going on in here, I adore it. As spice/herb beers go, this one is easily one of my most favorite of all time. As beers go, I can definitely say the same. Will surely buy a bunch more of these, despite the crazy price.
drpimento (2294) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one of the best holiday beers I’ve had. Poured slightly colder than their recommended 50 degrees F with a smallish tan, foamy, thick head that settled after a bit and good lace. Color is a very slightly hazy mahogany. Aroma is spicy - clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, others?, malt, toffee. Flavor’s much like nose, tang is up front, followed by a mild bitter which was perfectly complimented by a softness of body. Fairly dry, and spices are not overdone. Body is perfect, ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, no off notes at all, and of average length. This is one of the most drinkable of spice beers. Glad it’s in La Crosse!
gunnfryd (11232) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 7, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Beige head . black beer.a lot of tastes. NØ a message to you DONT STOP MAKING THIS BEER. Its christmas time.
Cunningham (4936) - Halden, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black colour with a beige head. Christmas spicy nose. Complex flavour with massive christmas spices.
[Bottle from Vinmonopolet i Halden, Norway]
bluejacket74 (1394) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours brown with a few yeast floaties noticable, along with about an inch and a half frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The aroma is strong, I immediately smell ginger along with some cinnamon, citrusy and pine hops, and coriander. For me the spices really stand out in the aroma. The taste is very similar to the aroma. Ginger is the strongest taste, and then there’s some citrusy (orange and grapefruit) and pine hops, cloves, cinnamon and a little bit of chocolate. As with the aroma, I think the spicy taste overpowers the other flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it’s easy and enjoyable to drink. If you don’t like ginger and/or spicy beers, then this beer probably isn’t for you. But I do like ginger and spicy beers, so I liked this brew a lot. I’ll have to pick some more up next year if it gets brewed again.
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
16-Dec-08 (500-ml bottle: Purchased 29-Nov-08 for $8.99 at BevMo in Solana Beach, CA) This heavily spiced winter ale combines a dark, roasted malt base with a complex melange of ginger, spruce, molasses, chocolate, scorched earth, twigs, earth, and winter spices. Lots going on, but the judicious use of spices really sets up an aggressive flavor profile. Full bodied and fairly rich, yet creamy and smooth on the palate despite the liveliness created by the spice and roasty bitterness. Dark malts, ginger and assorted spices are prominent in the nose if the glass is left undisturbed for awhile – a nearly impossible feat when the beer is this tasty – but a quick swirl releases additional notes of cinnamon, wood, earth and blackstrap molasses. Dark brown in color and generally opaque, except at the corners, but the foam stand is most impressive, pouring at least a full inch of dark-tan head that recedes very slowly and holds at a quarter inch for the duration of the session. Large irregular patches of lacing are deposited on the glass. One of the best winter beers I’ve tried in years, but given the price, it will have to be a once-a-year treat.