Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, - DEC 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In bottle. Pours a dark ruby - brown colour with a fair light tan head. Aroma is quite spicy with nutmeg, cinnamon sticks and port wine. Dry, spicy flavours of cinnamon and nutmeg with a dry and bitter finish. Tastes tannic. Not bad but I couldn’t drink pints of this.
gunnar (4868) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Ales By Mail. pours almost clear dark ruby with small big bubbles, slowly fading. Aroma of dark red fruits, spices and sweet Coke. Taste is light sweet christmas spicy malts, hints of liquorice, light oily mouthfeel. Short lived liquorice toffee aftertaste.
Idiosynkrasie (3242) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JAN 14, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle. Murky, red glittering brown colour with no head, just some white bubbles bedew the surface. Aroma of cherries, ginger and cinnamon. Taste is moderately sweet, minimally soapy, ginger notes, a touch of cinnamon, clove, cautious malty basis with a touch of cherry; slightly watery, flat carbo, almost insipid.
MichaelAwesome (2993) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - JAN 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with McTapps. Superaromatic nose full of spices. Some cinnamon, pepper, sweets. A bit unusual taste but a brew full of christmas-style aromas. Sweetish finish and quaffy. Nice one.
McTapps (2995) - Ruhrgebiet, GERMANY - JAN 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours out of the bottle in a deep black colour with low steady head and medium body. Aroma of malt and spices. Taste of intense malt, christmas spices, pepper, cloves, cinnamon, woods, leaves and grains. Spicy-sweet finish. Good and solid but nothing special.
Garrold (735) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Archer Road Beer Stop, Sheffield. Lightly hazy, burnished copper colour. Film of off white head. Underripe fruit. Some spice. Taste is dry spice. Underlying demerara sugar sweetness. Tart, light acidic finish. Not my thing.
culchiem (2301) - Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 4, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Ruby brown with a minimal head. Aroma is liquorice and a little coffee. Flavor is spice berry at the start, winter berries on a dry malt, kinda flat finish .
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2012 vintage. Good as black with an uneven, yeast-fuelled beige collar. Apple peel, clove, maybe sarsaparilla on the nose lurking behind roast, yeast extract and mocha. Slender roast, coffee, blueberry like undercurrents dusted with non-specific spice, maybe clove or grains of paradise. Something of a muted dubbel feel about it, pumped up with BC yeast and not overdone with spice.
Leighton (9848) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at a ChrisO Tasting - London. Pours clear, red-brown with a fine, foamy head. Big ’winter spice’ aroma. Medium sweet, spicy with cinnamon, light leaves, some bread. Light to medium bodied with average, very smooth carbonation. Light dryness to finish, plenty spicy, more cinnamon, some nutmeg. Very solid winter/Christmas-style beer.
sm89walt (1716) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle. Poured a deep, ruddy brown with a two-finger, fading beige head leaving a soapy lace. Cinnamon, clove, crunchy roasted malts and red fruit aromas. Cinnamon and clove again on the tongue with red berries and sambuca-esque herbal notes. A lingering ashy, coffee bitter finish prevails in each sip. Light to medium body, dark malt and spice finish, medium carbonation. Could do with more thrust in the mid-palate as the spice overpowers the base beer somewhat.
stravale (1898) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - DEC 7, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Tomlinsons, Inverness 071212
Chestnut brown, off white big fizzy head, dissipates to thin layer, over carbonated, some lacing
Aroma - Strong cinnamon and nutmeg, underlying vegetative smell, some dark malt
Taste - Strog cinnamon, nutmeg, bit of clove, over spicy, some dark caramel malts, hint of dark fruits, rather unbalanced, not a fan of this
Palate - Medium carb and body (after carbonation has settled down), quite creamy but without the background of malt flavour to back it up, spicy palate, still too fizzy. Finish - over dry, rapid strong spicy finish
Overall - Overcarbonated, rather unbalanced, the underlying beer seems rather dull and it has been overspiced to compensate. Didn’t work for me.....I tipped half the bottle down the sink