chinchill (1018) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle (2012) served in a Sam Adams lager glass.
Pours deep, dark, clear mahogany with a small and fragile tan head. Decent lacing is left on the glass. [3.75]
The spice level is near perfect and well-balanced. While evident in the nose and obvious up front upon tasting, the spicing slowly fades after the finish eventually leaving a chocolate malt to dominate the aftertaste. Sweet and bitter largely in balance, but a tad too sour. No burnt flavors, but a hint of smoke in the finish. High complexity and good balance make every sip seem a little different than the one before. Plenty of dark chocolate in the nose and flavor.
M: near full body with rather lively carbonation. I suspect I’d prefer a bit less carbonation; a suspicion supported by the fact that the mouth feel improves after the beer has been in the glass for a while.
O: outstanding, and unusually low ABV, winter warmer.
AGGarcia44 (16) - - DEC 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oak, coffee, smoke, and sweet malt aroma.
Very dark, deep red appearance. Very light tan creamy head with decent retention.
well balanced sweetness and bitterness. Lingering smoked oak caramel finish. Caramel, coffee, woodsy, malty taste.
med body. slick texture. soft carbonation. Solid alcohol warmth. Noticeable transition from upfront watery to heavier finish.
I didn’t like the flow of flavors or how the flavors did not complement each other harmonisouly.
Not recommended for those who enjoy ’spiced’ winter beers. No allspice, clove, cinnammon, nutmeg, etc.
wkalle (263) - SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a large long lasting brown head. Aroma is only a gentle smokiness. Flavor is smoky with fruits and spices. Finishes nice with a long lasting dry bitterness.
espenra (797) - Kurland, NORWAY - FEB 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
65cl bottle from Systembolaget. Best before 31.10.2012. Black colour with some dark brown notes. Huge creamy head that settled down fast. Aroma is laden with roasted malts, coffee, liqorice. Flavour feels thin and watery at first, but after a few seconds the coffee, cocoa and liqorice blooms. The alcohol is present, but not dominant. Short aftertaste. A decent beer, perhaps not the most exciting, but I’d try it again.
jolo (824) - Uppsala, Sweden, SOUTH AFRICA - JAN 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 650ml (Tasting a SaintMatty, thanks a lot) A dark brown colour with a small, good lacing, light brown head. An aroma of roasted malt, fruit and chocolate. The taste is heavy sweet. A medium to full body, oily texture, soft carbonation and a medium long duration.
SaintMatty (4281) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml Bottle - Dark brown in colour. Roasted malt, dried fruit, cocoa and a hint of marzipan in the aroma. Roasted and slightly sweet taste with notes of roasted malt, chocolate and raisins.
drowland (5694) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
1/20/12. 22oz bomber thanks to Blazer06. Clear dark red pour with a big tan head that sticks... light lacing. Plain aroma of sweet caramel, oxidation, and diacetyl. Sweet caramel flavor with more diacetyl and a strange lingering bitterness. Eh.
SimonRoller (391) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, pours black with white head. Aroma is weak, notes of coffee, malts and dark fruits. Aroma is also weak with roasted malts and some fruits. Medium sweetness. Boring
rocbyter (1831) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JAN 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick sweet malt aroma that’s slightly musty. Dark brown color with a small dark tan head. Brown sugar sweetness that lasts to the finish. Light palate.
LoFi (1432) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost black, beige head leaving lacing.
Aroma: malty, roasted, nuts, wood, slightly vinous.
Taste: roasted, nuts, licorice, creamy, wood, dry finish.