kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Retorp. Pours a dark brown to black color with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with faint notes of dark fruit, honey, pine, phenol, maybe some chocolate. Flavor is fairly devoid of malty notes but is slightly sweet and alcoholic with some notes of caramel, yeast and bread. Generally medium body with slightly dry finish.
markwise (5316) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cola brown with aroma of malt, dark fruit, whiskey, and caramel. Taste is ame with sugar and alcohol notes. Finish is malt and caramel. Very nice.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out in a deep hazy ruby red colour with rich sticky off-white foam. Yeasty and spicy aroma of dried dark fruits, herbs, licorice, dates and alcohol. Full-bodied with notes of yeast, cumin, licorice, dark malts, fudge and mild pepper. Creamy mouthfeel. Long aftertaste of rounded anise, yeast, cocoa, figs and mild alcohol. Nice one!
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very dark amber/ chestnut-brown color with a huge tan foam head. Spicy aroma with hints of dark fruit, pepper, malt, cinnamon and alcohol. Flavor consists of a roasted maltiness mixed with a creamy dark fruit presence. Hints of cherry, plum, raisin, candi sugar and pepper.
sebletitje (9556) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of a member of our tasting group.
There some really amazing beers to come out of Italy, and this one is just another example.
Pours black with tan head.
Aroma is malty and has notes of dark fruits.
Taste, malty / chocolate with some seasonal spices that characterize Christmas ales.
Rich in flavors and original.
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl botte. Pours a dark amber color. Spicey and sweet aroma. Taste is dark fruit,chocolat and some nice spicey notes. Ends witth a burning alcohol finish,
yespr (41912) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
75 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden deep amber with a diminished white head. Solid hoppy bitter and spiced aroma. Sweet malty and light spiced and fruity. Vague smoked on the back of the tongue. Sweet and spiced into the finish.
Pinball (11981) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma is a little alcoholy, lots of dark fruits, slight spices, sweetness. sweet. brown offwhite head. lots of flavor. nice flavor, some cellary notes in the background, but spices and other notes are plentiful. not well balanced, but lots of taste.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose was syrupy, sweet and even a touch salty with notes of kalamata olives, cherry syrup, and tobacco. Cloudy brown beer, thin halo of froth. Earthy tobacco and slight vanilla notes on a somewhat wet body with added hints of fennel, toffee, and somewhat tangy chocolate. The mouth here is lacking, it’s rather wet, dull, and chalky...the flavors are interesting but dulled by the palate. Alcohol well hidden, maybe too much...I like em’ boozy.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep garnet red color with a fine off white head. Belgian yeast, caramel malt, and mint in the aroma. Vanilla notes and toasty. Some cocoa in there in the distance. Taste is less enjoyable, but it’s quite drinkable for 9%. Metallic right before the finish, which is a little flat. Overall, not bad, but I’m still underwhelmed by the Italian beers that I’ve had.