Monkeypower (172) - Odense C, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2010
Dark with a fine head. Cocoa and christmas in the aroma, with notes of cardamum, ginger and hops. Flavor with ginger and cardamum as well as fainter notes of cocoa and alcohol. This is an excellent christmas beer for my taste. saxo (19522) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2010
Bottle from Brugsen. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are dominated by a horrible spice combination, that smells decent but tastes very bad. Very disappointing. rane (1100) - Nibe, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown nearly black with dense brown head. Aroma very spicy, smells like cinnamon, but from what I´m reading it must be the combination of ginger and cocoa nibs. Taste soft and spiced, cinnamon notes. Considered that it is so spiced, I´m surprised that it isn´t hammered by the rateberians, must be something with the brewer ;-) yngwie (17234) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2010
Bottle. It’s a nice looking stout, dark, dark brown in color, clear looking and topped by a dense finger-thick beige head. The aroma is of the spiced kind, with ginger, cloves, cardamom, prunes and raisins. Some cocoa too. Not much roasted malts to be detected, but that’s quite evident in the flavor, where the spices are much less dominating than in the flavor. Some coffee and chocolate too. It’s thin and dry on the palate, a bit low on bitterness, finishing dry, roasted and spiced, followed by a quite pleasant hoppy bitterness. Well, it’s a nice beer, and I wouldn’t mind sharing it with the white bearded man in red, but frankly, if he dropped by, I would find something better and more warming. 101109 Fin (10917) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Jan, many thanks Jan! shared with my dad 05.11.10 Pours quite a dark brown colour with light beige head that is creamy textured. Incredibly spicy nose, nutmeg, star anise, cinnamon, it’s all there along with some fine dark cocoa, quite stunning aroma. Cocoa powder in the mouth, dry finish, the taste is good, its chocolaty, malty and spicy but as fine as it is never quite reaches the high bar that the aroma set. A9 A4 T7 P4 Ov15 3.9
princesslala (131) - DENMARK - NOV 6, 2010
I really like the name of this beer. It tastes like watery coffee that has had chocolate banana bread soaking in it. The aroma is of chocolate and nutty malts. It’s too light in color for a stout, and the palate is a little watery. thewolf (12800) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2010
Bottle, bought @ Kvickly, Haderslev.espenra (1016) - Kurland, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2010
Pours dark brown, bordering on black. Fine, staying, light murky white creamy head. Aroma has good spices, clear ginger, some chocolate, raisins, light glögg. Medium to high carbonation, a bit thin but very dry palate. Flavour is good, the cocoa gets through nicely, adding light zest and dryness to the chocolate base. Good, lingering dryness in the finish. Very different to many other (sweeter) Christmas beers, this is a nice change of pace even if it is nowhere near perfect.
10cl sample at Håndverkerstuene. It poured a pitch black colour with no head. Aroma is laden with peppers, ginger and koriander. Flavour is also very spicy. Lots of peppers, ginger and koriander again. Some carbonation. A fun beer to try, but a 33cl bottle is just too much. Medium long, lingering aftertaste. Habanero (4848) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2010 Bottled. Pours deep mahogany with a large off-white head. Excellent lacings. Low carbonation. Spicy nose especially of ginger, cinnamon and star anis with lightly roasted malts. Sweet flavour, again with yule spices, malt, caramel and hoppy notes. Medium bodied. Nice bitter finish. Very x-mas like despide the name but maybe too overpowered by the spices. PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2010
Brown, clear ale. Huge, lasting, creamy head. Malty aroma with loads of ginger. Notes of cinnamon too?. Soft carbonation. Spicy flavour dominated by ginger. Some bitterness. Some underlying malty sweetness. Watery, yet sugar sticky palate. Im noit very fond of spiced xmas-ales, but this is surprisingly good.