GregClow (2796) - Toronto, Ontario, - DEC 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the LCBO, fittingly enjoyed as a nightcap on Christmas Eve. Poured very carefully (i.e. leaving the sludgy sediment in the bottle), it has a lovely clear mahogany-copper body with a small beige head. Aroma makes it pretty obvious that it’s a spiced beer - ginger, cinnamon, clove and more - and the supporting notes of cocoa, molasses and dried dark fruit from the malt give the whole thing a great "Christmas pudding in a glass" vibe. The flavour isn’t quite as deep and complex as the aroma suggests, mainly due to the fact that the spice comes on a bit too strong, developing a slightly harsh edge that takes away from the sweet dark cake notes of the malt base. The finish is quite nice, though, as things dry out with hints of licorice and spruce. A great holiday treat, but not something suited for every day drinking.
czar (3257) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours clear brown-reddish with an abnormal tall rocky light beige head, good retention and lacing. pickled ginger, roasted and caramel malts, cinnamon bun, pepper, booze, HCO3, loads of coriander - in fact, loads of spices - overdone, bit earthy and ashy, abrasive citrus - cascade-like, indian masala. cloying caramel and raisins. abnormal lively carbonation - fizzy, medium body - oily, slighty drying early brett, über-spicy and cloying finish. meh. DP.
tony_gorilla (6) - Fiskum, NORWAY - DEC 7, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The first two times i tried this beer, i poured it in the sink...the third time i finished it but didnt like it. This time i cant get enough of it! Smell is intense! Mostly ginger and some cardamon and cinnamon. Flavour is the same. A bit "soapy" mouthfeel, but definitiv less than the previous years. Maby they have changed it, maby it’s me that have changed.
I thinck it’s me...
Arve_Christian (2470) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Økern. Vipper colored, some sediments- good foam. Immediate aromas of christmas spices, malt. Medium body & complexity .well balanced . Very enjoyable
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visionthing (2098) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle shared by Arve_Christian. Slightly hazy brown with a beige head. Spicy aroma with dark malt, cardamom, cinnamon and hints of dark fruits. Quite sweet with lots of spicy flavours and a pleasant bitterness in the finish. Name fits well. Interesting beer.
bjerkeaa (56) - NORWAY - DEC 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown, dark red pour. Very spicy, citrusy aroma. Nice spicy taste., thin aroma. Lively mouthfeel.
HopfenWeisse (812) - - DEC 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Really black color with small brown color. Aroma is roasted, salmiak, spices. Flavor is roasted, bitter, alcohol, spices, long lasting taste.
hockeybeerguy (251) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown slightly close to a black colored body with a nice soft looking lumpy foamy head that is about two fingers worth, a fair amount of lacing graces the sides of the glass but slides at a reasonable pace; the aroma has coca cola up front with a fair amount of spice involved with this on as I’m gettin’ some gingerbread and some toastiness; the taste is coca cola comes back again in full force with an added sharp roasty pininess, the aftertaste is coca cola-ish with a watery finish; its pretty easy on the palate; overall good herbed/spiced beer for the most part, might be worthy of another pour in small doses
graham_murphy (156) - - DEC 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of cinnamon with pepper on the side. It’s a peculiar beer alright. Feels like a porter without the sweetness. Hops are good in the background too. I can feel Christmas coming!
Beertobealive (37) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich thick amber head. Thick texture, thin bubbles and malty taste give a feeling of a stout. Aromas are also light while the color is dark copper. Overall a pleasant beer with some cinnamon hints to enjoy with Xmas biscuits while others have tea.
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Beerhammaren (764) - FINLAND - DEC 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
.5l bottle from Alko Keskusta
Pours dark brown, almost black with high tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, cinnamon, ginger notes, coffee and cocoa. Flavor is mostly same. Nice beer for x-mas.