Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2010
Bottle. Pours dark brown, and settles black with a big, creamy, dense beige head. Snailtrails are left left and right. Aroma is very spicy. Loads of ginger, sort of gingerbread like, cinnamon, and doughy, bready sweetness. A bit soapy. A good sweetness hits the tongue at first, along with a strange, soapy astringency. A bit too harsh. Light to medium bodied, generously carbonated. It’s definitely christmasy, but like other heavily spiced christmas ales, they don’t really fall harmonize. Decent, but too spiced. cgarvieuk (24536) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 26, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2016 Bottle at fins... Bbf 2011 drunk 2013...deep black.. Thin tan head... Soft dark roast big spice nose... Little thin... Dark malts... Huge spice.. Quite dusty... Stick 3.6mixed gass tap at cloister ... red brown ... bubbly tan head ... big cinamon light close nose ... light fizz more bottle level that last few kegs ive tried ... soft dark fruity roast ... again big cinamon spice ... almost but not quite over spiced... quite like this ... 3.6 cask in cloisters .... deep black ... thin tan head ... big spice ... lots of nut meg .... huge roast ... big malts ...gingerbready .... quite nice 3.5 ok better on mixed gas. wow
bottle at home ... dark brown ... thin tan head ... soft spicy cinnamon nose ... dark roast ... big cinnamon ... gingerbready ... pretty interesting if a little over spiced 3.6
Bottle at home ... bbf 2011 drunk march 2014... dark spicy malt nose ... soft roast ... massive mellow spice ... soft roast ... quite german ginger bread 3.8
Bottle at home batch 1 bbf nov 11... Drunk dec 25 2015... Dark black.... Small tan head. Big gingerbread spice.. Dark chocolate roast malts nose... Bit too fizzy... Dark roast dark malt.. Soft chocolate.. Rich roast big spice 3.8
Bottle at home bbf 09/2012 Drunk July 2016 .. dark black ... thin tan lacing ... soft sweet cinamon spice .. warm ginger ... soft chocolatee nose ... massive raisinf ,, big cinamon .. soft safron hints .. warming spiced chocolate .. soft fruit .. odd but very interesting and nice... 3.8 beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2010
Bottle. Pours very dark ruby red color, that appears black when not hold up to the light, with a frothy beige head. Aroma is of ginger, cinnamon, cocoa , brunkager, pebbernødder and some very faint roast. It reminds me alot of christmas though. Flavor is quite spiced with alot of ginger and some of the cocoa and some cinnamon, i get some faint roasted malt and hops. Yet again the flavor reminds me of pebbernødder and brunkager, and is quite christmasy. The body is light to medium with a slightly dry mouthfeel. Overall an above average christmas beer, but i wouldn’t call this a stout at all, more like a spiced dark ale... Rune (12814) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 21, 2010
330ml bottle bought and consumed at BrewPub København. Rocky, beige-white head leaving fragile lacing behind. Deep mahogany body. Spiced aroma. Spices like cinnamon and mild pepper to the flavour profile, in interplay with pine needles. Dry and rounded ending. Thin to medium bodied. Easy to quaff (Copenhagen, 13.11.2010). yespr (45508) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2010
33 cL bottle. Pours dark brown to almost black with a tan head. Aroma is straight up annis seed, ginger and roasted malt to chocolate. Flavour is dominated by annis seed, ginger and mild bitterness. Subdued smooth chocolate touch. Ends bitter and lasting spiced.
Hansen (8594) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2010
Looks good, dark brown, almost black and clear. Has a light brown head, mostly lasting. Aroma is heavy spicy, cinnamon. Flavor is even more spicý, too much, like soap. Not good. Zita (6324) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2010
soap,kardemomme,kanel, dark golden, brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, oily feel, bitter, to much spice. abstractbeer (242) - NORWAY - NOV 19, 2010
Hooray! Brewdog at my local grocery store! Finally! Pours a dark reddish black, small light brown head, rather quickly diminishing. Smells initially of milk chocolate, cinnamon, some ginger and a hint of cooked vegetables. Aroma is old lady perfume, hints of grapefruit and lime, some soap, ginger and cinnamon. I have a slight cold; my senses might be impaired. Body and palate is a bit thin and quite dry. The bitterness is quite overwhelming and not too pleasant. Rather short, chalky, bitter finish. Doubt I’ll buy it again, but at least it’s interesting. Christian (13670) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2010
Dark brown with a small off-white head. Strong and perfumed spicy aroma with a touch of dried fruits. Sweet roasted flavour with coffee and chocolate notes, and lots of spice. When you know it you recognize some ginger, but it feels like a big mix of spices. Odd and oddly fascinating fonefan (49427) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2010
Bottle 330ml. @ home.
Clear dark red brown color with a large, frothy, good lacing, fully lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, spicy, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, spicy spicy, dry, dark malt, peppery - ginger. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.