changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Secret Santa! A good one for the holiday season. Pours a murky golden-brown color with a thick fluffy head. Thick spotty lacing coats the glass. The aroma shows lots of ripe fruit, apple and citrus seems to stand out. Flowers, herbs, candi sugar, belgian yeast round out the scent. The flavors follow. Ripe citrus and tart apple combine with candi and brown sugars, belgian yeast, and assorted spices. After opening this right after the regular version, I have to be honest, there isn’t a lot of difference. A mild wood-oaky note does present itself here and overall this one might be slightly more refined and mellow. The two are very close though.
HonkeyBra (3639) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I thought it was pretty cool to run into this beer at Binny’s/ Pours a hazy golden, that in certain lights looks more like a dull burnt orange. Aroma of strong wood, some slight fruit, a bit of piercing spice. Some light smoke. Flavor has a strong oaky presence. Oak-aging is obvious but not overwhelming. A bit of spice, some nice fruitiness. Overall, the oak is on display here, but very nice.
jkwood04 (4431) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at louisville beer store. Pours golden/amber with a lacy head. Aroma of alcohol, light fruit, and some hops. Flavor sweet, like a dessert wine, with alcohol undertones. Creamy texture. A great beer.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle; thanks to grownfool for the trade; clear dark gold pour with thick, egg white head fading slowly; dense light brown in the glass; aromas of sweet candy malt, white sugar, spicy lemon, earthy phenols; spicy flavors with sugary dried fruits and chewy malt; definitely sweet, but there is a deep smoothness and creamy texture to it and the sweetness level is just about perfect; oaky dry finish with vanilla cookies, lemons and sugary malt; quite nice overall
thornecb (4690) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep amber into a snifter. Off-white head recedes to hug rim. Dark pit fruit and oak aromas. Sweet dark oaked pit fruit covered caramel soaked in earthy candi.
chrisv10 (11969) - DENMARK - NOV 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle. Hazy golden with off-white head. Flavour is malt, sweet, caramel, fruit, wood and spices.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark hazy orange pour with a large white head. Lots of vinous dark fruit and barrel notes in the aroma with an ever present spicy yeasty dough. The flavor holds tons of dark fruit plums, raisins, and grapes with more vinous barrel and spicy yeasty dough. A delicious quaff.
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - NOV 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose of weak port, rotten fruit, feel and carb are medium, taste is mild cherry, plum, alcohol and late weak sweet hops.
phredrik (1011) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - NOV 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at ØlKonsortiet Christmas tasting Aroma has some very obvious yeast components, orange peel, cinnamon, raspberries. I have a hard time finding the oak. Taste is rather sweet and spicey, and the yeast really shines trough, orange peel and christmas spices. Really easily drinkable and very good.
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge thanks to Gene for this one! Bottle pours cloudy burnt amber with an off-white head. Aroma is fruity and malty, with notes of caramel, bread, and dusty yeast. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of orange peel, marshmallow, and a pinch of caramelized brown sugar. Overall body is full and creamy with light to moderate sweetness, no real bitterness, and a touch of alcohol.