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, itís 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 doesnít rate as high as 3 French Hens did for me, itís still a winner and worth a shot if you like Christmas beers.
Idiosynkrasie (4822) - 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 Brueís, Iím torn between admiration concerning their elusive imitation of genuine non-beer (product) flavours and the simple question: "Wherefore?"
djd07 (5894) - 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 (202) - 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 (943) - 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 (4625) - 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 (2117) - 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 (3923) - 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 í14 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 (2387) - 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 (2145) - 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 í08, 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 (6925) - 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 iíve had, nice smooth relatively thick bodied. flavor similar to the aroma...spice dominant and tasty."