maledictum (782) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - JAN 21, 2012
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 TorbenH (1073) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2012
brown, black, clear, tan foam, herbs, soy sauce, medium body, oily feel, average carbonation, bitter, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, stefannilssons (1580) - SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2012
Det här var lite av en besvikelse, ölen är alldeles för tam och intetsägande. Smakan präglas främst av kaffe och ett gäng kryddor som jag inte kan precisera. Ölen är dock inte direkt dålig men ändå en besvikelse. sputnix (1) - - JAN 16, 2012 does not count
33cl bottle. Very aromatic, cinnamon and ginger mainly. Maybe too much spicy for someones. For me: a very good Christmas beer to drink sporadically. sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 8, 2012
(Bottled, rated 2011-11-04) Clear, very dark reddish brown with a smallish but lasting, beige head. Perfumy aroma with plenty of Xmas spices, especially cloves and cardamom, with a touch of anise. Very Xmas-spicy flavor is perfumy, lightly licoricey, gingery and cherryish - but very thin. Way too thin and watery for Xmas time, although the overdone spiciness is of a pleasant kind.
Muggus69 (2494) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2012
Pours a murky looking brown body. Sparce off-white head hangs around.
Christmas cake aromas (as expected); cinamon, nutmeg, ginger, treacley/cakey malts, bit of clove earthiness and hint of cocoa, none of which are over the top.
Relatively low carbonation, deceptively medium bodied - really wasn’t expecting that. Dry overall impression.
Flavours come though on the body, though not all too prominant - sweet cake, toasted almond, dried fruits, sweet spices, bit of earthiness and mild roast/cocoa character. Spicy finish, definative note of bitterness.
For a brewery that really prides itself on "out there" styles, particularly many BIG beers, this is a bit disappointing. Was really expecting more body/richness/flavour to it, but it’s almost like session beer - guess that’s not a bad thing, never could eat all that much Christmas pudding anyway...
ClubGonzo (5670) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2012
First bottle of 2012, and a missing link among the Christmas beers I have available. Pours a deep brown, ruby-hued body with a medium, creamy light beige head. Nose is reminiscent of ginger bread: ginger, clove, cinnamon, light pepper and sweet caramel malts. Hints of coca-cola. Taste is dark malts up front, then a cascade of Christmas spice: clove, cinnamon, cardamom and most presently ginger. Fading into a mild bitter coca-cola-like finish with some peppery tones. Medium filling mouthfeel, and very tasty overall for a 4,7 % ABV beer. I kinda like this "little brother" of BrewDog’s other Christmas ale: Santa Paws. It’s more balanced and doesn’t overwhelm you with spices, and very drinkable as well, for a spice/herb/vegetable beer. Here’s to a completed Christmas and to the new year! Chin chin! :-) Camons (12450) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2012
Bottle @ Home. Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma of malt, notes of chocolate, lots of spices, cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is is sweet and dominanted by the spices, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg. Thin body, soft carbonation. Sweet and overly spiced christmas beer. 010112 _angst_ (4802) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2011
330 ml bottle courtesy of Roland. Consumed on December 25. Pours deep reddish brown with a creamy gray head that clings to the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet with dark bread, wort, allspice and cinnamon. Tastes slightly sweet and rather bitter. Its quite spicy and malty and tastes just like liquid "vörtbröd" (wort bread). Finish is rather dry and bitter. Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 27, 2011
In bottle, pours a very dark brown colour with a decent light tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, cola, ginger and chocolate. Big cinnamon flavour again upfront. Some caramel, hot cocoa and roasty malt to finish. Moderate carbonation and a foamy mouth-feel. OK. Lots of cinnamon and fairly heavy given the 4.7% abv. I have also had this is cask and keg and have to say it stands up well in keg, with the extra chill subduing the cinnamon a bit.