Papsoe (25076) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of JohnC. Pours a clear orangey brown with a lively and dissipating off-white head. Sweet cinnamon aroma - almost like a pumpkin ale. Solid body, lively carbonation with big bubbles. Lots of spice and brown sugar, some phenols and molasses. A little chocolate as well. Discreet bitterness. 231109
blutt59 (6067) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, amber color with short head, aroma of Christmas spices, flavors of juniper berries, clove, belgian sugar, some chocolate, finishes a little thin
Ratman197 (10446) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of cocoa, allspice, chilis, cinnamon and a hint of vanilla. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of cocoa, allspice, cinnamon and light chili with a crisp lingering bittersweet finish.
bu11zeye (12039) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a hazy brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of cinnamon, spruce, allspice, chocolate, smoked chiles, and raisins. Flavor of cocoa, cinnamon, spruce, raisins, clove, nutmeg, caramel malt, earthiness, and roasted chilies with a moderately dry finish.
BMan1113VR (7884) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a huge, foamy light brown head and a murky deep brown body. Very interesting aroma. Notes of peppers, spearmint, peppermint, cocoa powder, bananas, baking chocolate, flour, cinnamon, allspice and twigs. Taste is chocolate, and earthy with notes of earthiness, christmas spices, woodsy, sweet and minty with leather in the finish. Very lively carbonation.
mar (4971) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks to bman113vr. deep brown almost black pour with a thin cream head. nose is malts, nutmeg, pine and cinnamon. very interesting on the palate, with a heavy cinnamon flavor backed by nutmeg. not had on the finish with a cinnamon finish.
notalush (5124) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to TheCheeseMan for this - this bottle has been sitting in my fridge for a couple of weeks, and Iím sick of looking at it every time I go in there to grab a pickle or some cheese of something, so here we go - fizzy dark ruby beer - minimal, poorly sustained head - the aroma starts things off in a promising direction, with loads of spices and herbs (cinnamon, nutmeg, rosemary, thyme, peppercorns), and an underlying caramel/cocoa/nutty sweetness - the flavor is tart and acidic - at first, I thought this was infected, but additional sips made me believe this was intentional - underneath this, that complex spice combination from the aroma comes through, as well as a light caramel sweetness - quite a bit of tart, nearly sour cherry character throughout - near the end, the beer gets very peppery and warming, with the slightest hint of chocolate - finish of lingering herbs and astringent acidity - Iím still not entirely sure this bottle is what the brewer intended it to be - either way, itís a so-so drinking experience.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler from the brewery last December, and somehow forgot to enter my notes until now. Dark purple-brown. Richly spiced aroma that does indeed have some similarities to mexican chocolate. Caramel and sharply spicy flavor. Finished a bit astringent. Started quite good, but by the end the spices were a bit heavy handed, and there wasnít much chocolate flavor as advertised. Fun to split with a bunch of people, but I wouldnít want a whole bottle of this to myself.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep mahogany, reddish brown, tan head. Spicy aroma is similar to pumpkin ale Alcohol is noticeable. Gently carbonated but big mouthfeel. Goes well with the chili chocolate we have. Really like this, itís nice and smooth.
Oakes (13060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown colour. Murky. Rich, chocolate aroma with good fruit and spice as well. Very spicy palate with light chocolate notes.