sm89walt (1780) - Sydney, - 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.
Neorej80 (181) - - DEC 30, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma of cloves, cinamon, cherries and some anise. Also some dark malts. Brown and a bit red cloudy colour and a small white head. Cinnamon and malty flavour, also a bit of bitterness. Cinnamon, malty aftertaste. Also a bit watery. Not so special but ok.
jamestulloch (1644) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Drinkmonger. Murky amber/brown body with a thin off-white head. Nice lacing. Aroma of metal, nuts and tea. Flavour of lightly roasted malt, stewed pear, plum and a hint of warming spice. Thin body with a watery, slightly oily texture. Average fizz. Simple and tasty.
Dommod2011 (703) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2014
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Every year on this day I sing Birthday by the Beatles to Tom Waits. I imagine one day we’ll share a birthday tipple. He won’t be drinking alcohol and I won’t be drinking this. I’ll probably avoid booze out of courtesy.
This smells like Christmas and tastes like it too. Picked it up from Broadway. Another annual tradition. Peace.
allmyvinyl (4474) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle - cheers jeevan! Pours hazy brown, thin off-white head. Cinnamon and nail varnish, clove, light creamy note. Christmassy for sure. Taste is light spice, cola. Fizzy, sweet finish. OK.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 12/06/14. A black beer with a little off white head. A roasty porter with spicy notes. Flavoursome and likeable. Hints of coffee. Pretty good.
Stuu666 (4063) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours black, light spices and smooth chocolate, liquorice, roast malts.
gunnar (5761) - 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 (4242) - 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 (4744) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, 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 (4745) - Ruhrcity, 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.