justinhhp87 (16) - Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
excellent beer; great taste; wish i had more but the bottle ran out; great taste strong after taste very smooth going down; an awesome concotion aging another one for the long haul
contained good solid flavors of the earth as well hints of chocolate vanilla
Vignale (3259) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Flaska från Brill. Kastanjefärgad vätska med ljust beige skum. Stor, maltsöt kropp, mycket choklad, portvin, torkad frukt. Silkeslenmunkänsla som ytterligare förstärker doftintrycken. Karamell, lätta drag av julkryddor men framför allt torkad frukt, portvin och kladdig choklad. Fullt i klass med Rochefort 10. Ett riktigt mäktigt öl att sippa på, perfekt till en stabil rustik ost.
b79turner (252) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 20, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
750 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark brown, almost black with a beige head...about 1/2"...fades away quickly to lacing all around the glass and on top of the beer. Nose is quite intense and hard to place. Spicy, slightly doughy, earthy, oak, malts. Taste is very similar, mouthfeel is thick and rich, contrasted with lively carbonation. This is a very good beer. ABV is noticeable but not overwhelming for 11%. This beer is certainly best enjoyed while sitting around a fire on a cold winter’s night. Another great brew from the Bruery!
esp0r (2719) - NORWAY - NOV 4, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big 0,75l bottle enjoyed all by myself at home, and i’m glad i had this one all for myself
Pours dark brown with a excuisite brown head. The look is absolutely fantastic, the head falls down after a while but the laced head is still amazingly pretty. Smells of christmas spices like ginger, clove and pepper, roasted malts and rye bread, middle east spice cake, in total just a very complex and fantastic aroma. Heavy sweet, caramel and spices, extreme malts blended together in almost perfect harmony. Light bitter finish. Wow, what a brew. Tons of complex aromas, malts all over the place, wonderful look, nice balance and mouthfeel. Not far from a perfect beer. Hope to try this one again some time
nilsas (3329) - Bryne, NORWAY - APR 12, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
En bombe av lukt og smak. God søtlig frukt lukt. Full av frukt smak, rik på munnfølelse og ettersmak. Oppdager nye detaljer for hver munnfull. Må oppleves.
Roonai (305) - - NOV 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at haymarket-bruery event with jay goodwin. P is nearblack mahogany w a brown head that dissipated to the edges. Nose is rich chocolate roasted malts w a light and subtle gingerbread touch. Taste is awesome! Rich chocolate malts and gingerbread. Heavy flavors came off rich w/o being messy. My kind of palate! Yummm
abcfan (912) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fantastic brew. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Carbonation is very lively. Aroma is ginger and spice. Taste is sweet and dark fruits. Very light finish.
jstraw (1962) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark mahogany with thin, tan, head / Rich, sweet, winey, nose of dark fruit, oak, and chocolate / Full body, sweet, thick, and syrupy, soft carbonation, with decent hop balance and long, smoothly, only lightly hot, finish / Big flavors of cocoa, fig, dates, and oak with restrained spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger / Terrific. Would be interesting to age.
Travlr (21170) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Very dark maroon brown, brown edge head. Aroma of vanilla, sesame seeds, dark coffee, cocoa. Taste is thick dark silky coffee with light spice and subtle burnt cocoa. Gorgeous mouthfeel.
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 3, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pour a dark mahogany with a touch of ruby around the edges and a thin finger of frothy chocolate head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some light lace.
S - Aroma is full of rich sweet dark fruits with raisin and prune, with some Belgian yeast, spices, gingerbread, caramelized malts, and a touch of booze.
T - Starts off with rich sweet dark fruits, raisin, prune, and caramelized malts. There is also a bit of spice and Belgian yeast flavor. Through the middle, some more gingerbread spices come through with a touch of cherry. The finish is a mix of sweet dark fruits and caramel malts, with some candi syrup, Belgian yeast, spice, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth and syrupy with a sweet, warming, and lightly spicy finish.
D - Very drinkable. The gingerbread spices are a nice addition here and balance really nicely with the BSDA base.