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RATINGS: 1395   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Unfiltered
Previously 8.1%
Ingredients: Pale, Munich and Caramunich malts; Kent Goldings hops.
This is a rich, dark, joyous brew with which to celebrate the holiday season. It’s aroma of chocolate malt and spiciness is reminiscent of the wonderful smells of holiday baking in Mom’s kitchen. Silky smooth on the palate, it’s predominantly malty, with smoky, spicy and citrusy notes and a long, lingering finish that is lightly tart and malty. Bottle conditioned for a fresh, lively taste. Round and well balanced, it’s a welcome addition for holiday tables and beyond.
Sold as King’s Blue in Norway.

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3.9
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2005
A Mes rate: 25cl bottle from Lowlander. Very Christmas like aroma. Spicy, sugary and some treacle toffee. Great dark hazelnut body with reasonable head retention and average lace. Flavour is what you would expect. Heavy carmael, chocolate, spice and generally pudding like. No doubt this would be much too sweet for some but I like it. Bubbly palate but not too much so. Sweet alcoholic finish. Good stuff.

4
scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Dark crimson and brown, fizzy khaki colored head. Rich complex nose of musty caramel, plum, golden raisin, rum soaked fruitcake, and light anise. Tasted similar to the nose, just not quite as bold. Basically loads of dark fruit flavors and caramel, dark candi sugar, touches of liquorice, and a light hop bitterness providing nice balance. Medium bodied, lively carbonation, soft bittersweet finish. A good holiday sipper...

3.7
Tmoney99 (15114) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Bottle. Poured a hazy brown with a large creamy light brown head that was fully lasting with excellent lacing. Good complex spice aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Moderate sweet bitter flavor with a light bitter finish with a long duration. Very well done.

3.2
oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Pours a darkish red/brown. Aromas of spice, coriander, yeast, and alcohol. Flavor has an alcohol taste to it, mixed with a nice smokey dark fruit. Also has strong hints of spice and orange.

4
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Sweet malt with the classic belgian yeast influence. Decent amount of spicyness that blended very well with the other characteristics. Nothing overpowered anything else...nicely done.

3.8
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2005
dark brown color - tan head. sweet malty lively tasting. slightly spicy - very good, easy to drink, reminds me alot of their dubbel. good beer here

3.8
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Bottle. Spices and raisins on the nose. Pours a dark amber with a light head. Smooth, thick, and as it slowly coats your taste buds. Coffee notes but not from Starbucks, more of a lighter roast. Great beer to sip by the fire.

3.8
Habanero (4908) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2009 750ml bottle: Pours a large, beige, fluffy head well lasting and has a dark amber colour. Nose of malt, dried fruit (apples & citrus) and coreander. Sweet/ sour flavour with liquorice and alcohol with notes of chocolate, claws, nuts and apples. Medium to full bodiet. It has a long sweet/ sour aftertaste with a hint of hops and rowan berries. The balance is to the sweet side but that must be all right, talking about an Xmas ale.

3.5
mephisto (1301) - TAIWAN - DEC 8, 2005
copper hue w/ a small head. very tasty and chewy. rather sweet but has enough complexity to justify the body. chocolatey, mmm.... reminds me of the belgian chocolate.

3.8
lamas (1661) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2005
750mL bottle. Best before end: 01/09/07. A deep ruby body with a HUGE and fluffy khaki head on top. Bananas, cinnamon, pears, cherries and cloves in the aroma. Heavy on the carbonation but a smooth medium body. A very solid malty base that features some chocolate and coffee flavors. A wheaty, fruity, tart finish with just a touch of alcohol. The finish is reminiscent of eating cumquats. Spices, especially cinnamon, are present throughout and are complimented by the high level of carbonation.


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