NikkTwist (1963) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2013 Bottle (and later draft) at Farmers Cabinet. Pitch black pour with a thick brown head. Black gummy raisin syrup. Spectacular! Saddle leather. Raisin pie. Liquorice. Sweet car engine. Dark black juicy flavors. Some peat. Dark, full and tremendous! Bit more smokey flavor appears as it warms. More than worth a try but may prove challenging to some. The chestnut flavor is quite nice.
swoopjones (6864) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. darker pour. notes of dried fruits, raisins, chocolate , light coffee and good dose of peat/smoke. Quite flavorful, very complex. warming. Nice beer.
_angst_ (3450) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours hazy dark brown with a rather small creamy mocha head that doesn’t leave much trace while dissipating. Smell is sweet with toasted malts, rubber, asphalt, vanilla fudge, rubber, cereal, liquorice fudge, pine, wood, prunes, raisins, alcohol, cereal and hints of low quality milk chocolate. Taste is sweet, bitter and tiny sour with caramel, sweet dark bread, pine, freshly cut grass, resinous wood, sweet liquorice candy, bitter chocolate, rubber, asphalt, orange peal, alcohol, pine, lemon zest, sweet liquorice candy, sassafras and hints of sweetened dark roast coffee. Mouthfeel is slightly round, tiny astringent, tiny boozy and medium bodied. Finish is sweet and slightly bitter with toasted malts, caramel, toffee, pine, orange peal, asphalt, rubber, sweet liquorice candy and hints of citrus. A big disappointment... A bad bottle perhaps?
rlgk (13158) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark amber/brown beer with a small but lasting beige head. Malty cork aroma, fruity, vinous, some citrus and raisins. Mslty roasted flavor, rubber, caramel, hay. Huge amounts of rubber.
lusikka (7038) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle.
Pours a black colour with a beige head. Aroma of strong caramel, bubblegum and some grass. Flavour of roasted malts, very sweet caramel, bubblegum, toothpaste, white chocolate and grassy hops. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and a long, malty, salty, sweet finish. Way too sweet and rootbeer-y.
olio (7424) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50 cl bottle.
Pours dark brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is very root beer like, almost toothpastey, some malts and caramel too. Flavor of toffee, caramel, some mint, toothpaste and mild fruits. This might be a good beer but I can’t get past the toothpaste aroma and flavor.
laiti (7263) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl bottle @ olio, BBE 27.02.2017
Aroma has root beer and hints of herbs. Flavour has roasted notes, root beer, herbal notes and hints of cocoa. Completely different than I expected, a root beer with 10% more ABV than usually.
tiong (4643) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black with a foamy head. Smells like root beer, notes of toothpaste, dark ripe fruits, hints of roastiness and nuts. Taste is sweet, smooth, slightlly roasty with notes of root beer, hints of nuts, hops and lingering chocolate notes. Finish is sweetish and roasty with long lasting spicy notes. Quite unique, spicy and root beerish.
tabernae (178) - Latina, ITALY - JAN 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Versa nera, con una bella testa bruna. Tostata, con note di miele e cioccolato. in bocca è ricca , dolce, rotonda mai noiosa, ancora miele, cioccolato, bruciato. piena e appagante, il top di questo natale.
dmschefke (571) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours nearly black with medium dark tan head, minimal lacing. Aroma of rich cocoa, cream, exotic coffee, oatmeal, dark amber honey, and a nice tree nut mixture. Flavor matches well and comes together so nicely. Gets better as it warms to room temperature. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy and the aftertaste makes me want to keep sipping on it so that it never goes away. What a great brew.