maekchu (2500) - Hirakata, JAPAN - NOV 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 2011 vintage. Thanks to KyotoLefty. Massive dark fruit nose, alc. fumes, and dark sugar. Darks translucent brown. Sweetish initial, with alcohol-soaked raisins and light prunes, smooths out in mid and final. Heavy body, near syrupy and feels a bit oily. Strogn and flavorful stuff.
thorongil2 (1474) - , Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(tap) clear dark amber colour with a small brown head; aroma starts with strong soy sauce that tapers off to nothing; boozy, lightly sweet flavour with a light long bitter finish
HopfenWeisse (1222) - - NOV 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Real dark brown color with medium light brown colored head. Aroma is dark fruits. Flavor is dark fruits, roasted. chocolate, malt. Long lasting finish.
Alengrin (2813) - BELGIUM - NOV 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kerkom’s winter beer, with creamy, yellowish beige, sticky, stable head and very dark burgundy colour, hazy. Aroma of bitter chocolate, raisins, coriander, caramel, liquorice, rosemary, figs in ’jenever’, candi syrup, pomegranate, ginger, black pepper, Irish coffee. Candied fruits, raisins, pear, dates, sharpish spiciness (especially coriander seed), bit resinous, deep caramelly and chocolatey maltiness, roasted bitter touch in the finish, some peppery hops and warming, whisky-like alcohol. Rich and opulent winter warmer.
ForlornHope (145) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cl bottle at home. Pours a dark, rich colour. Dark brown with a rich head, immediately attractive. Aroma of rich, sweet malt and fruit. Taste is similar, sweet and rich, very nice indeed. Perhaps a little on the sweet side, good nonetheless.
DiarmaidBHK (3599) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Total Wine Boca Raton. Nothing I like to see more on a label than "Ale with Juniper Berries". Pours coca-cola brown with a thin khaki head. Leaves some lacing in the glass. Has that spicy Juniper vibe on the nose. It does taste a bit like if they made coca-cola into a beer. It’s flavorful without one flavor dominating. hides the alcohol well. Finishes clean. Nice.
slowrunner77 (6333) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a murky brown with little head, which is gone completely by the second sip. first impression of the aroma is that it smells like a "normal" beer, with a hint of extra malt and spice. Taste is fruity, plum & raisin and a little spice. This is the Lost Coast Winterbraun of Belgian beers. I started at 50 degrees, and as it warmed it became a little too sweet and alcoholic, but this is the best of the 4 "Christmas Beers of Belgium" i’ve had so far. I’m still wondering how long these beers have sat for, even though the ones that are marked are not past the drink by date...when the best $3 11 oz beer is a 3.1, it’s a bit disappointing."
domienS (167) - Oostakker, BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark beer with a medium fine beige head.
Smells spicy, yeasty, dark malts, some coffee, raisin, kandij.
tastes sweet, medium saturated. leaves a short spicy palate.
Youi can feel the alcohol. Great beer!
TheJester (2029) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 mL bottle. Dark brown with a small brown head. The aroma is fairly typical for a dark Belgian: candi-sugar, dark fruit, yeast. The flavour is great: boozy, spicy, dark fruit, herbal. Nice body. Delicious.
Icedwarf (521) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Zwart bier zonder schuim. Smaak is rokerig en licht zoet met sporen van caramel en anijs. Erg goed bier. Blijft lang hangen en smaakt ook in de zomer.