onystrom (1321) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2009
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Clear amber colour with okay head. Boring aroma, but flavor of fruity hops, citrus and slightly of burnt hops, strong bitter alcohol finish
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0,5 L bottle from Systembolaget, Charlottenberg. A low offwhite head quickly shrinking to thin layer of foam. Body is well carbonated, orangey hued, dark copper, with brilliant clarity. Spicy hops up front, followed by a soft, nutty malt aroma, and a scent of burnt sugar/caramel. Taste clean malty, fairly dry, with pepper and caramel notes. Some well prononced spicy and earthy hops in the backbone. Notes of dark dried fruits. Well-bodied and oily in the mouth. Finish is malty, with a certain alcohol warmth, and a fine, lingering bitterness. Well-made and moreish.
rosenbergh (8271) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 29, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011 500 ml bottle. Finland.
Clear amber colour with small off-white head.
Fruity and floral hops, some sweetness and malt in aroma.
Sugary, nutty and malty flavour with hints of floral hops.
Very similar to other Shepherd Neame brews. There’s nothing very xmassy in this except it’s much stronger (7%) than average SN ale.
saxo (14455) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - 2009 version. Nice head with medium duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are caramel, hops, malt, fruits and straw.
rauchbier (3651) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, from Co-op in Mablethorpe. Copper gold, lasting fluffy white head and moderate condition. Good initial peppery hop resin with a developing toffee, caramel and vanilla woodiness in the nose, Full and soft in the mouth with a solid spirity vanilla earthiness, some bitter orange notes and a gentle malty sweetness, lingering hop bitterness and spirity retronasal alcohol in the finish.
tlind2 (1244) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle. Copper color, frothy off-white head. Slightly alcoholic flavor with spices, notable ginger. Medium-full body, medium carbonation. Ok.
KnutAlbert (6364) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Lovely amber glow.
Fruit, spices, sweet malt. The spices largely balance the sweetness. It might be that it is cheating to add the crystallised fruit instead of letting the yeast and hops do the trick, but this works quite well.
olsvammel (3934) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2011 It poured a dark golden liquid with a medium sized white foam.
It had an odd smell of sawdust, wood, nuts and what I think is nutmeg.
Fairly smooth mouthfeel with just a bit of stingyness. Dry with a ligth body and low bitterness. Watery taste of caramell, malt and butter with an alcoholic finnish. Just as with Fullers this one had to much butter. I ended up pouring it out.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2009
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2010 Bottle dated 2009. Vegetal aroma with a lot of metal. The same effect can be achieved by putting your head into a dirty dishwasher. Don’t know why the aroma simply didn’t appeal to me: I rather liked the taste, which was sweet and toasty like an overdone muffin, and the finish which was satisfyingly bitter.
odgaard (382) - Skyum, Thisted, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark golden color with a lasting offwhite head. Good lacing. Aroma: fruity, hay, straw, malt. Taste: much bitter hops, fruity, a little warming alc. Ok beer.