Palme (2909) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.33l bottle. This is a light cloudy deep dark and warm ruby brown looking one with a small to medium sized beige soft lacing top. A bit anonymous on the nose. I get tones of something really herbal, almost medicinal like with cough syrup, waxy honey and dried hedge. Light licorice infused, pepper and nutmeg. There is even a little hint of vanilla all the way in the back. A good amount of flavor. Concentrated Coca Cola, more medicinal herbal nuances. It feels oily in the mouth and the carbonation level is about average and small-bubbled. Yeasty bitterness with chocolate wrapper and soft ginger bread. A bit out on the sweeter side of the scale, undoubtedly. A good malty sweetness all the way and it’s leaving a Spicy tail. Not bad at all. 20.11.2013
Beer4000 (4262) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Kick mat & Malt. Unclear, dark brown, close to black body with a nice, moderate sized beige head. Aroma is dominated by Christmas spices, some caramel, dry fruit and milk chocolate. Flavor has sweet malt, chocolate, spices, dry fruit and yeast. Interesting, but not necessary in a balance. Quite strong body and heavy in aftertaste. Promising but unfortunately out of balance.
Pyrmir (2651) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Dark reddish brown with off white head. Aroma fresh, dark bread, rye, spice and roasted notes. Taste is sweet, fresh, spicy, rye bread, citrus with a long hoppy finish
gnoff (7327) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
As Svaneke Christmas.
Draught at BAJT, Bishops Arms Järntorget, Göteborg. Sampled on December 24, 2013.
Black color, tan head. Sweet, sugary, slight bit of juniper scent. Bitter, zest, yeasty taste. Bitter aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
visionthing (2305) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle (as "Svaneke Christmas Ale") from Vinmonopolet Storo. Pours dark brown with a reddish hue and a beige head. Malty and caramelly aroma with moderate spicy notes, dark dried fruits and hints of toast and Belgian yeast. Fairly sweet and flavourful with a light bitterness in the finish. Pleasant Christmas beer.
Inbreak (1387) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - DEC 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 04.12.2013, 0,33l bottle (as Svaneke Christmas Ale) @ home:
Nice slightly brown creamy longlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich and spiced, caramel malts, rye bread, broth, spices, dark sugar, chocolate, dried dark fruits, yeast. Taste is slightly dry and spiced, caramel malts, yeast, broth, rye bread, spices, grass, nuts, burnt caramel. Medium to longlasting bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Nice.
kazin (169) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at the Bishops Arms, Malmö. A nice winter warmer, hints of spices, some chocolate, and malts.
fantti (615) - FINLAND - JAN 15, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Kaatuu lasiin mustana ja niukalla, katoavalla vaahdolla. Haju on alkoholinen, paahteinen/savuinen, mausteinen ja hieman kuivattua hedelmää löytyy. Maku on alkoholin polttama, mausteinen (ainakin kanelia ja kardemummaa löytyy) ja hieman savuisen viskinen. Suutuntuma on alkoholinen ja hyökkäävä. Kokonaisuutena pettymys, melko viinainen ja liikaa yritetty tuote.
AshtonMcCobb (2027) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle thanks to Nikolai. Pours a chestnut brown colour with a slight red hue and a thin crema head. The nose has quite a dominant green hop note, possibly herbs or grassiness, then some baked apple and cinnamon. The taste has more of the baked fruit, some chocolate and spice. The palate is medium to full bodied, with a tangy texture and a fairly elegant finish.
RuneStumo (2039) - FØRRESFJORDEN, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
21.11.2012. On tap at Amundsen brygghus, Oslo. Dark brown colour with tan head. Aroma is rich malty with lots of sweetness and dark malts. Rich body with nice strength. Very sweet all the way.