Bov (8805) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
from Erzbierschof - pours a dark brown beer with no foam left; a solid spicy aroma where notes of ginger dominate; malt and nougat; sweet and thick, full-bodied, a solid spicy tartness; some residual sweetness and a long sharp and spicy finish with notes of warming alcohol
glennmastrange (2030) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Moderate cookie and toasted for the malt, cooked orange for the hops, dough for the yeast, with hints of raisin, brown sugar, nutmeg and vanilla. Head is small, frothy, tan with some slippery lacing and is almost fully diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet and lightly acidic and bitter. Palate is medium to full, almost syrupy with a soft carbonation and a chewy and stick finish. This Belgian Strong Ale make a nice winter warmer.
anders37 (14730) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy clove and star anise aroma. Sweetish malty spicy dry flavor. has a sweetish malty dry spicy finish with hints of caramel.
brystmar (977) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Christmas spices, gingerbread, strong malt backbone, cardamom. Tastes like wintertime. Excellent blend of flavors here, much better than most wintery beers. Gotta say I'm impressed; the BA version should be great.
gpekar (455) - Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark brown with a medium tall light brown head. The head was slightly creamy and dropped to just a film in a few minutes. The aroma was very light with hints of gingerbread, cloves and the smells of the Christmas season. The beer had a slightly creamy texture and a nice spice flavor of gingerbread, nutmeg and cloves. There was some alcohol flavor, but pleasant. The 11% alcohol was blended into the flavor very well. Flavors of dark fruits and vanilla come through towards the milder finish as does a nice alcohol warmth that lingers well.
bigguns22 (528) - Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from 2011 I have had about a year drank on Christmas. This is not one of my favorites. Pour was nice dark brown in color with a large head. Aroma pretty good to full of spice notes. The combination one spices in this one just didn’t do it for me and I can’t explain why.
daleharshman (829) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle purchased a year ago at Holiday Wine Cellar ($11.99) and opened now for the 2012 holidays. Pours dark brown with two fingers of large-bubble cola-brown head that very quickly recedes (indeed, the whole thing looks quite a bit like Pepsi in the glass). Aroma of spicy gingerbread, smoky dark roasted malts, medicinal herbs, anise, and dark thick toffee. Flavor of dark roasty-smoky malts, lots of savory and fruity holiday/gingerbread spice, thick caramel, brown sugar, sticky dark fruit, and some chocolate. Not overly sweet and the high ABV is really completely concealed here. Not sure if my year of aging this improved it much. Nice and festive for the holidays, but perhaps a bit over-spiced and over-priced. (211, 757)
JStax (2344) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 750ml bottle. Pours very dark brown with a small head of khaki colored foam. The aroma is sweet dark fruits with some nice gingerbread taste coming through. Taste is sweet initially, bit thay moves more toward the subtle spicy notes of the gingerbread. Pretty good.
Maverick34 (1910) - New York, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour from swift hibernian. Tan lacing head. Cinnamon brown sugar mapke syrup. Malts. Mild bitters.
jcwattsrugger (10726) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle-trade with jtclockwork-lt brown/yellow-dk brown with red tint. A-dk fruit, sweet dk malt-toffee, yeast, spice. T-coco/molasses/tobacco-dk malt, alcohol, dk fruit, yeast, spice with a bite. Sipping/occasional.