chris__hartley (258) - Ontario, - JAN 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
It pours amber with orange highlights; the head is off-white and soapy. The aroma has notes of: pumpernickel bread, toffee, raisins, alcohol, and candy-sugar. The taste is ultra heavy sweet (a little unpleasant) that finishes with an alcohol warming; there are notes of: toffee, candy-sugar, dark breads, ruby-fruit jams, alcohol, slight liquorice, and tawny-port. The palate is full-bodied, viscous (cloying mouth-feel), slightly astringent (I assume from the alcohol), with a long finish. Overall, far too sweet, it isn’t balanced very well - a sort of guilty feeling whilst drinking this.
Nische (434) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Overly sweet with flavors of caramel, cherry, vanilla, and figs... which makes the beer sound better than it is. Something is just off... slightly tart / metally note in the finish. Really needs ageing, so I will come back with a new review in a couple of years.
MunBro (9) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a gorgeous amber color, almost the same as a fine whiskey. Aroma is hard to place. Robust malts and hops? Almost no head which disappated quickly. This definitely doesn’t taste like 14% alc./vol. A tremendous beer with a ton of complexity!
Melker (173) - Varberg, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darker amber colour, small off-white head. Huge aroma of figs, caramel, apple, plums. Very much of everything but not the best balance. Taste was so sweet it’s insane! Som bitterness also and a long warming alcohol heat at the end.
Shot (45) - Westerville, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours reddish brown with a thin white head that quickly dissipates to a thin lace. Aroma is carmel malt. No hop aroma at all. Upfront flavors of candy apple, toffee, and candied fruit. Very little hop presence. Finishes with brown sugar, cherry, and an alcohol warmth. Syrupy mouthfeel that coats the tongue. With an alcohol level at 14%, this is definitely a sipper. Enjoyable, but sweet. I prefer a bit more hops. All in all, though, a very good winter warmer.
Loineshawn (3006) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2006 bootle stored in rotbox. aroma of sherry, raisins, deep potent grape drank. high boost mellowed nicely into a sweet grapey sherry port concoction. finish has an offputing cherry coughsyrup note. too damn sweet and cough syrupy.
gyllenbock (3686) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, vintage 2013.
Clear orange/amber with a minimal head. Aroma and taste of toffee, dried fruit, sugar, raisin, malt and brandy. Warming alcohol although not boozy. The body was thick. I quess that this will be even better with aging, say 5-10 years or something like that. This young bottle is a pleasant "winter warmer".
Tomy63 (137) - Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE - NOV 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bière rousse, avec un nez sur le sucre brun, le caramel, et quelques notes de fruits rouges cuits (un peu comme un porto) et des fruits secs. Elle fait très Noël. Bouche très puissante, très sucrée, sur la cassonade. Finale très longue, mais c’est une bière assez vite écoeurante.
Xenomorph (20) - - NOV 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pas de mousse, sirupeuse, très sucrée. Presque pas de bulles. Est-ce encore une bière ou est-ce une liqueur ? Persistance en bouche très longue, fait penser au Porto...
markextrae (426) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
shared bottle. poured a hazzy amber orange colour with a small short lasting white head. lot of plums and apples and caramel. verry sweet and boozy. thick viscosity. it’s not that special like they say
Martinus (2522) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright clear caramel colour, white dissipating head. Aroma of alcohol, malts, caramel, red fruits, raisins, hints of whisky. Sweet flavour, alcohol, lots of raisins. Finish sweet sultana raisins. Actually I didn’t like this beer one bit with the first whiff and sips, being quite harsh, but as you continue it grows on you, mellowing down in time and opening up into more subtle aromas. I can see this fitting with a nice piece of cheese, bit like a Pedro Ximinez.
(33cL bottle @ home. Bottled in 2012. Leftover from RBBSG, if I remember correctly from ThirstyBird. Thanks Rian!)