Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - JAN 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Up until recently the most remarkable beer I have ever consumer as Sunturnbrew. It sat as the best beer I have ever tasted with a score at around 4.7. I could not picture a better beer until Westvleteren came along and then it did. I was spell-bound. I bought a bottle and am leaving it to mature and I will see what happens in a year or so.
This one reeks of the same producer, but nowhere near the same method.
Purplish, tawny port colour and I wish I knew how they did that, Mocha head that sat on top of the beer and then buggered off. Aromas of cloves, plum, currant, mace, garam masala, aniseed, cherry-vite, medicinal tinctures and all sorts of things that ought not to be consumed by themselves.
Give me a taste and it was as if I was not suppose to open the package: it was someone else’s medication. Pungent, numbing and strong. I have but few regrets about this beer: I am not drunk, I am spellbound by the taste and I am not moved to like it terribly much as I did the Sunturnbrew. For a beer that ought to rock the world, I swoon and forget about its lead singer before I smell bacon and eggs for brekkers.
ston3s42 (103) - - NOV 23, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark nutty brown appearance with some head. Tastes of gløgg, cinnamon and Christmas seasonings. Medium, dry body, a bit aggressive carbonation, and a gløggy finish. A bit too dry and seasony
Sparf (186) - Östersund, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"Skummande julbrygder” har nog aldrig haft en bättre representant än detta öl. En helt egen division av forsande skum. Hur som helst. Mycket intressant, kryddig arom med koriander, nejlika, och en örtig melass. Spektakulär och osedvanligt komplex även för typen. Även söt, torkad frukt, kardemumma och… julmust(!)
Vackert rödbrun färg med ett, ja, frodigt skummande och därefter varaktigt skum.
Smaken är däremot lite tvär i en bara halvfyllig kropp. Den lite träaktiga rostningen stämmer dåligt överens med kryddigheten. Resultatet blir en konstig mix av öl och julkryddad snaps.
Eftersmaken är halvtorr och halvbesk. Lite åt malörtshållet till.
ngeaney (97) - SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown colour, large coffee cream coloured head. Mostly cloves with cinnamon and ginger along with gingerbread doughy in parts.
Little bit of sweetness there, some plums, prunes, raisins and chocolate malt in the flavour but quite a dry beer. Spices are not as overpowering as they were in the aroma.
tapthis (173) - Baytown, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber in color, Has a strong, in your face, spiced aroma. Has ginger, nutmeg cinnamon, and cloves for flavor. You can definitely tell that this is a Christmas Beer. Pure Deliciousness
Turtles (952) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle from Systembolaget. Deep dark amber, creamy tan head. Aroma; ginger, gluhwein, pepsi cola, herbs, cinnamon, spices. Medium body, pleasant carbonated. Taste: ginger, cinnamon, bun, herbs, cough medecine, dark syrup. Easy to drink but still tasty.
HopsandBolts (224) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle from the LCBO.
Appearance: Pours a
dense ruby brown with over a finger of beige head. Short retention with decent lacing.
Coriander, cloves and other spices
Ginger, cloves, nutmeg and a boatload of other baking spices, dates and black currents.
Thick and rich with lots of carbonation.
Overall: Super intense spice aroma I could pick up from across the room soon as the bottle opened. This reminds me of Flying Monkeys Ginger Bread beer but much stronger in flavour. It is almost to the point of over powering.
Gurthnar (3821) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 26, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from bottle park. Aroma hits you with spice up front. Badyan, cinammon, ginger maybe. Tempting. Almost clear dark brown colour. Taste surprises by rich caramel malt profile supporting the spices in just right amount. Strong spice, moderate to strong malty and even hops flavour pokes out a bit, with a decent bitterness that supports all of above. Wonderfully complex beer packed with flavour. Spicy, nutty, toffee, biscuity, grassy hops, it is all in there. Masterpiece. Easily drinkable at its relatively modest ABV.
bunget (712) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Clear amber-copper body, medium yellow head, poor retention. Aroma of spruce and ginger, cloves, coriander, caramel malt, raisins. Taste is surprisingly bold: ginger, coriander, pine needles, cloves, plums. Mineral aftertaste. Very interesting.
sharkydodson (762) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - MAR 21, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
the aroma of spices - clove, coriander and nutmeg, also of caramel and toffee... the taste is caramel and spicy with some shades of licorice, toffee and pine cones... dry, sweet and bitter spicy aftertaste...
Frode (383) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 20, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 50 cl.
Dark brown, off-white. Spicy, pine, cloves and coriander. Medium sweet and bitter. Complex Christmas.