mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It has a deep sugary malt profile, hops are significant enough to notice, but do not take a leading role in the profile, aside from some decent bitterness on the finish. Reminds me of a Belgian noel brew. Syrup and slight spice linger on the aftertaste. Iím not really excited about this one.
Drinkability is ok. Still a bit hot, some time in the cellar might help. Overall this is an ok beer, which is unfortunate because I like both of these craft beer giants. I just think they could have done better with the resources that both breweries have.
Funknmilla (725) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating from 8-28-2010.....Bottle....Pours very dark brown...medium brown carbonated head....thick rich body....dark slightly bitter malt--sweet up front on the first sip....aroma some brown sugar/dark malts (roasted)....a little cocoa throughout aroma and palate---I get the essence of oak. But Iím sure its the birch (never had birch in this way, only in soda).....the maple is present but subtle---thanks Wayne....It got better and better the more that I sipped
anders37 (17658) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy spicy caramel flavor. has a fruity malty spicy caramel finish.
wedgie9 (2101) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes. Tasted some time near the summer of 2012 from a capped bottle that I purchased in Tucson some time in 2008. Pours clear dark caramel brown with an average tan head that leaves thin, bubbly lace. The nose is caramel, maple, dark bread, and some nice baking spices. The flavor is more maple and caramel than anything else with the same dark bread and an added earthy yeasty note. The body is full with average carbonation and a long maple, caramel, and lightly charred bitter finish.
brnandersen (2029) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from 75 cl. bottle. Near black with dark amber hues and a thin, tanned head. Sweet, fruity aroma with spices, dark fruits and malts, caramel and spices. Taste is sweet. Full body with an oily texture and a soft carbonation. Finishes sweet and spiced with a hint of alcohol. Nice - complex.
madsberg (10459) - SÝborg, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Dark burgundy coloured. dEnse beige head. ARoma. Friuts, spice, berries, sweetness, Flavour. ripe frtuis, sweetness, spice, herbs. medium to full bodied. ends light ibtter and fruit with a light touch of alcohol.
Desverger (2386) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from Bottle - dark brown pour with beige head. Aroma and taste is sweet malty, caramel, toffee, pretty sweet, brown sugar, sweet malty finish.
CloakedDagger (782) - - NOV 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 75 cl. Pours a dark brown with an orange hue and a creamy, beige head. Spicy, oxidized aroma of dark, dried fruits - mushy. Rich and filling body, dark dried fruits, slightly peppery with a warming alcohol finish. Interesting and complex. 081114
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"pours a deep mahogony brown with a big fluffy tan head. nice lookin beer. as a prefeace, iím a huge DFH fan, so-so on SN. I think theyíre good, but i donít get as excited as some. the usual sweeter DFH beer with the ever present hopping of SN intruiged me, though. That said, itís not a very hoppy beer, but is balanced (more than i thought it would be) and very complex. fruit, syrups (birch & maple) in the aroma more subdued than i expected. some hop balance too. same in flavor with some chocolate too. strong, but toally hides the abv. smooth and full. nice lingering heavy finish. sweet, but balanced. iím gonna age on too, but itís quite good now. 8/11 gotta bump my score up a touch from a 3.9 as this beer ages incredibly well. a 2 year old keg on itís own would score well into the 4ís..."
Salmoniform (1013) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle to glass. Brown hue with ran head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, maple, sugar. Mouthfeel is nice with a medium body and comity carbonation. Taste is sweet with a nice oaky finish. Overall this is a nice brew.
Travlr (13479) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of nimbleprop at first DC tasting of 2010.
Dark brown with a medium beige head and moderate lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate. Flavor has toffee, chocolate and licorice, with obvious alcohol. Decent body. Average and inoffensive.