grungejesus (51) - SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2010
bread, chocolate, grass, butterscotch, ginger, brown, clear, frothy, tan foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, light body, thin feel, lively, bitter,
Ser ut som julmust. Luktar tunn/vattning kakao, lite som yogi te och lite stjärnanis. Smakar kakaopulver utspätt i vatten med lite ingefära. Beskan påminner om bittermandel och förmycket kardemumma. Eftersmaken påminner om de beska kryddorna i glögg.
Ett kul försök till julöl, men det är inte mer än bara "kul". Papsoe (25054) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a clear black with a reddish hue and a creamy beige head. Very spicy nose, strangely it appears mostly soapy with lavender - not cocoa and ginger. And the hard roast malts don’t really come through at all. Rather light-bodied, again spices with a fairly malt bitter finish. A strange inharmonious spice stout. 141210 tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2010
Bottle; consumed @ Chris O’s pre-NY tastings. Many thanks Chris for this. An old bottle I assume.
Aroma is pine; Christmas pudding, burnt toast and melted caramel. Taste is caramel, berries, tart, toffee, chewy malt, spicey and all wintery. Fnish is tart; spices and cinamin. Interesting. I didn’t feel the cocoa but the ginger was probably dried up and disguised as a spice.
FatPhil (17334) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 24, 2011
330ml bottle (Black Door, Helsinki)thirstyrabbit (1862) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 6, 2012
5+ Sweet doughy christmas pudding spices, dried mixed peel. A bit sickly.
4 Dark, small off-white head.
5 Meh. Watery spicy taste. Not a stout by a million miles. Looks like the marketting bullshit has crept into the brewing side - this is a gutless beer slathered with caricatured spices. Strangely, I don’t get either cocoa or ginger, which I really like. I’m getting cinnamon and clove, which I dislike. A mess.
3- Fairly thin palate, OK carbonation. Basically only the spices survive into the finish. As I said, reads "gutless" on the beer-o-meter
10 The most positive I can be about this is "drinkable". So certainly not bad enough to throw away, but normally these guys do much better with the dark beers, this has to be one of their worst. Only their hoppy ones have been worse, from memory.
Small bottle. Dark brown body, minimal head. Herbal aroma with a light touch of ginger. Thin palate. Taste is herbal too, with some cough syrup but no alcohol warmth to follow, which in this case would have made it better.
Cool_Bond (2852) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2013
Pretty unimaginative beers. The smell is just right. The taste is more of, but not too much. The aftertaste is boring. No good Christmas beer. daje (4548) - NORWAY - FEB 17, 2013
Bottle, february 16th 2013. Dark mahogny brown body, small vanishing beige head. Aroma of cinnamon, ginger and licorice. Taste reminds me of Pepsi Max with ginger and chocolate. I never had Pepsi max with ginger and chocolate, but you get the idea. Also some roasted malt showing up at the end, Sticky-sweet body, a bit unbalanced bitterness, fruity aftertaste with licorice. Plovmand (8685) - Grindsted, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2010
They are right. After this there is no Santa. They just killed him! This is herbal spicy hell on bottle. In pours Black with a fluffy big off white head. The aroma is cinnamon, lots of ginger, chocolate, cardemom, caramel and sweet candy. The flavour is very spicy and herbal with notes of ginger, light chocolate, cardemom and caramel. Long spicy finish. Rasmus40 (22174) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2011
Black with a light brown head. Aroma is first and foremost loads of ginger with roasted malt also shining through. Flavor is rather sweet and moderate bitter. The finish is dry and bitter. The ginger is waaay overdone and that is never a good thing in a beer. 171010 NosirIwont (2645) - Husum, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear, ruby/brown with a big beige head. Sweet and spicy aroma; cloves, cinnamon, honey and camomile, with citrus hops in the background. Interesting, and well pulled off, but still pretty cloying. Flavour is pretty much the same, but with a tart note and some bitterness in the background. Dry finish with a lingering bitterness. A tad too much carbonation. Hmm... don’t know what to make of this; it’s well-made for what it sets out to do, but it’s really not my thing – too cloying. Also, the stout features drowns in the spices. 21.02.11.