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.
Jow (3191) - New York, USA - APR 5, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at tasting. Nose is cookies, some spice and fruit. Tastes of cinnamon, tobacco, cookie, grains, plum, earth, some yeast. Not too sweet or boozy feeling. Ok
pushkinwow (2474) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - think its funny that I ended up trying the regular version so much later than the BA one but c’est la vie. A murky mahogany pour with a light tan head. plum, caramel maltiness, crushed and somewhat artificial gingerbread, nutmeg, quite sweet, mild carbonation and moderate body.
Stuu666 (9251) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 15, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown, nose is malty, caramel, ginger, nutmeg, taste is dry, fruity, sweet, light sourness.
bytemesis (6008) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy reddish chestnut, small tan head, dissipates quickly with some lacing. Aroma is Christmas spices, cinnamon, ginger, allspice. Really does remind one of gingerbread. Flavor is medium sweet, light bitter, lots of gingnerbread spices going on. Medium body. Not bad, but it turns out that if you accidentally spill and shatter your glass of it all over the couch, and end table and your wife’s computer, she may not be too happy about it. In the end she took it fairly well, but it did take me a good two hours to clean everything to her satisfaction, and I know that a key or two is a bit sticky now. I am guessing its not the last I have heard of it. I do have a nice little cut on my pinky to remind me of my stupidity, but it is healing way too fast to really outlast the memory of the event itself.
Idiosynkrasie (5861) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Cloudy dark brown colour with small, thick, frothy to creamy, half-way lasting, moderately lacing, ochre-ish beige to tan head. Sweet-ish dark malty aroma, notes of honey, ginger, a touch of cinnamon and aniseed, gingerbread aroma overall. Taste delivers identical flavours with different emphasis, more honey and aniseed, less ginger; viscous, oily texture, gooey palate. Well balanced, complete avoidance of hazardously soapy notes. Again, as might be the most substantial characteristic for The Brewerys Brue’s, I’m torn between admiration concerning their elusive imitation of genuine non-beer (product) flavours and the simple question: "Wherefore?"
djd07 (7970) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a dark brown with medium beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong spice, cinnamon, and cookies. Thin mouth, strong gingerbread cookie, cinnamon, spice, nutmeg, light booze, very nice.
Leepe_steven (205) - Lede, BELGIUM - APR 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown beer with little brown head. Aroma reminds me of gingerbread and is spicy. Taste is sweet, spicy, and has hints of gingerbread. Full body, coats your mouth with some nice alcohol warmth at the back.
ej (1108) - 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 (5088) - 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 (2261) - 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.