berkshirejohn (3961) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Olutravintola Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Deep ruby red with a tan head; slightly spiced aroma with fruit and malt; complex flavours - stewed fruit, roasted nuts, spices, chocolate; full bodied and smooth; finish is sweet and warming, but also dry with licorice and tobacco. Excellent.
gyllenbock (3674) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown colour, light brown head. A lot of spices in the aroma also some orange, marzipan, raisins and roasted malt.
Flavor is roasty and smokey with strong notes of herbs, spices. Also some chocolate and grass. Bitter and dry, one of my favorite Christmas beer.
sayravai (4666) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2007 (Draught@Pikkulintu) Starchy, a bit strange, definitely not as good as before. Maybe 7-4-7-4.14 at most. Sampled after Mikkeller To From anf Santa’s little helper 2007.
(2004 version, Draught@Ardbeg Room, Stockholm, was 8-5-8-4-16=4.1) Very dark brown color with a tight and lasting, beige head. Slightly sweet but somewhat hoppy, roasted aroma. Spicy, roasted flavor with licorice, coffee and toffee, plus an inch of sourness. Medium to full-bodied, sticky and slightly sugary palate with smooth carbonation. An excellent, tasty, and easily drinkable, very well-balanced christmas brew.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a really nice spiced winter warmer, lots of holiday spice like the anchor OSA. From the bottle this pours a hazy dark red with a medium off-white head. Lots of clove spice in the nose, hints of nutmeg, cherry and tobacco. Taset was very balanced with a nice sweetness up front that gave this substantial body. The nutmeg was more noticable in the taste, but clove and vanilla were both present. I was very impressed with this brew that I had never heard of.
IslandHaole (1086) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - MAY 11, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
An opaque, dark Brown color with a tan head. This beer reminds me of my grandmother making a spice cake, all of these different spices being blended in the bowl plus the dough and yeast, very nice! Just like a Thanksgiving dessert, the spice cake and a cup of coffee with a spiced hot toddy afterwards. Delicious! Nice feel to this, with the body and the carbonation level both just the way i like them. Thank you Per-San for this special treat and the fond memories it has conjured up!
CapFlu (4240) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2006
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(500ml bottle) Courtesy of Joris via the way of Lubiere. Thanks boys! Pours a small beige creamy head resting atop a an opaque body. Nose is intensely fig, clove and minty. Much more candied ginger and cloves in the flavour with a very pleasant spicy malt with a minor, thin, exposed smoke in the finish. Lovely beer.
Brix (633) - DENMARK - FEB 1, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted 2007-12-28. Fresh bottle. Pours clear, red/brown going on dark brown with light brown head. Aroma of christmas spices - cloves in particular. Flavours are dark with a burned edge. Very spicey. Light hop bitterness. Impressing power and complexity considering the low abv.
Frovigalning (2453) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. It poured a pitch black liquid with a medium sized light brown head. Smell of hops and caramel. Sweet taste of hops, caramel, spices with cinnamon being one of them. Very nice beer, both hops, malt and spices.
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 version bottled. Beautiful dark brown coloured with a good head. Very spicy aroma with notes of orange peel. Warming flavour of Christmas with a some very nice herbal bitterness in the finish.
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark brown ale with a thin off white head. Nice spiced aroma, with sweet malt, ginger and cloves. In mouth, the cloves are more predominant, and the body is lighter than expected. Still an interesting gift from Joris, April 2005. Enjoyed with Capflu. Dank U.