elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown that is just barely translucent when held up to the light. Thin beige head lasts for a minute before dissipating and leaving a fair amount of lacing. Aroma is incredibly forward, with sweet potatoes leading the way. In fact, it’s so strong that other aromas are hard to detect. However, some nutmeg and cinnamon spice is noticeable. Taste is generally sweet, as caramel malts vie with burnt sugar. Behind that, there is a general taste of spice and dark fruit. There is *barely* a **hint** of hops in the aftertaste, just to let you know that some were added. Finally, the strong flavor a alcohol pervades and grows stronger as the beer warms. Also, as the beer warms, this beer becomes more complex and, oddly, more drinkable. Of note is how a slight metallic flavor at the beginning fades in the process of warming. Palate seems about right for this ale--velvety mouthfeel, with some slight carbonation. In sum, another great Christmas beer for Bruery. Though this one doesn’t rate as high as 3 French Hens did for me, it’s still a winner and worth a shot if you like Christmas beers.
ej (913) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with BBGTC. Pours a brown body producing a small tan head. Spicy aroma with hints of dried fruits. Taste is sweet at first but with spice and also a light sour touch. Noble oxidized notes becomes this ale very well. Body is full, oily texture and softly carbonated.
ClubGonzo (4498) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Deep brown, near-black body with a light beige head. Aroma is licorice, nuts, oats, grains, nougat, honey, toffee and hints of cinnamon, pumpkin and mild clove. Taste is licorice, nuts, nougat, biscuits, grains, brown sugar, pumpkin, cinnamon and hints of clove, raisins, wood and red berries. Full body, medium carbonation. Sweet, yet a bit sour somehow and with loads of complexity and a fair deal of oxidizing caused by cellaring (3 years), Pleasant and smooth, and interesting. Nice one.
piscator34 (2042) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via and shared with oakbluff. Muddy brown in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas area of heavy malt, red berry, vanilla, an peppery spice. Loads of malt and black licorice flavor, along with some baking spices and vanilla. Heavy and a bit boozy. Ok.
SHIG (3840) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Anchorage Sept ’14 Tasting: Poured a dark brown with red edges, head was light brown. Aroma was strong vanilla and spice. Taste mixed well with nice malts, tobacco and chocolate.
boxofrane (2332) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at craft ale house. Pours clear reddish amber with minimal head. The aroma has brown sugar notes, caramel, some spices. The taste has a sweet anise, caramel, light soy.
OldMrCrow (2081) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle for Thanksgiving 2014.
Dark pour, decent head. Hugely spicy nose. Flavor is...sweet, sticky, and so.much.spice. This is absolutely undrinkable. Dafuq! On the heels of a Cuvee van de Kaiser Blauw ’08, this is a travesty. Total drain pour. My dad is drinking it anyway; I feel terrible as a host. Now what do I do with my five golden rings and six geese a laying?
slowrunner77 (6578) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Rich, dark brown with quickly dissipating head. Nice aroma of gingerbread, belgian yeast, and sweet malts. no hint of 11% til it gets closer to room temp. nice holiday ale. best aroma of the 3 i’ve had, nice smooth relatively thick bodied. flavor similar to the aroma...spice dominant and tasty."
Cunningham (5247) - Halden, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark brownish color with a tan head. Brown sugar, fruity, oak, spicy and vanilla aroma. Powerful little horny devil. Full body. A bit sweet and a moderate bitterness. Sugary and a bit sweet flavor. Oak, spicy, vanilla and chocolate flavor. Lovely tasty ale.
[Bottle at rlgk plaza]
Yoachim (46) - SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska på provningen USA comes to Göteborg 2014.
Luktar marshmallow, surt, choklad, vin, äpple, krydda.
Smakar frukt, choklad, godis, surt, alkohol, krydda.
tkrjukoff (4156) - SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at rlgk. Pours clear darker mahogany with a minimum of head. Aroma is sweet chocolate malty some raisins. Flavor as aroma.