SpringsLicker (3677) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Thanks to blomster my Secret Santa for this one!
Pours very dark brown with a beautiful red garnet color where the light can get through. Tall tan head. Red nosed reindeer on the bottle for the Christmas season.
Sweet nutty aroma, some cocoa powder.
The flavor is sweet on the front with a roast malt bitterness that comes in next. Some dry chalkiness in the finish.
drfabulous (8590) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 29, 2012
500 ml bottle. Raisin, fig, overall sweetness in a dark ale. Not heavy like a porter but very much a winter seasonal with spices. Nice. Pyrmir (6210) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2012
500 ml bottle. Aroma of fresh, dark bread, a bit sooty. Roasted malts, butterscotch and caramel. Taste of dates, dried fruits, roasted malts (a bit burnt). Nice bitterness in the aftertaste. NordicV (2501) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2012
Mörkt brun öl med röda stänk. Beige skum. Doften har framförallt inslag av rostning, malt och kaffe. I smaken dominerar istället anis och mörk kola. Lätta inslag av kaffe. Smakrik. Camons (13325) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2012
Bottle @ Home, courtesy of Aaron, Thanks. Pours very dark brown with a small offwhite head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, dark fruits, redwine, wood. Flavor is malt, caramel, dark fruits, spices, licorice, woodnotes. Thin body, flat carbonation. Way to thin for the style imo. 110712
cubs (10714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Bottle @ Rene’s house, courtesy of a generous Swedish trader. Deep reddish brown appearance with a tan head. Spicy, spruce, ginger, anise, dark chocolate, somewhat boozy nose. Thin, dark berry, wood, ginger, minty, dark chocolate flavor. Seemed a bit flat to me. Ok. GBZ59 (1217) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - MAY 28, 2012
Botella de 500ml. Copa Globo. Saboreada en ene´12. Color caoba claro. Capa beige con burbuja media y bastante Buena retención. Aromas de maltas tostadas dulces y trazos de chocolate, vainilla y canela. Sabor malteado con sutil especiado subyacente. Cuerpo y carbonatación medios. Final amargo y seco con notas de frutos secos.
500ml bottle. Snifter glass. Enjoyed on jan´12. Light mahogany in color. Beige, medium bubbled head. Fairly good retention. Sweet toasted malt aromas, hints of chocolate, vanilla & cinnamon. Malty flavor with subtle spiced underneath. Medium body, medium carbonation. Dry bitter finish. Dried nuts hues.
Countbeer (6599) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2012
Bottle: thanks to VsXsV
Medium to small light brown head, changes pretty quick into a light brown lacing on top of a murky dark brown colored beer.
Smell oatmeal, liquorice, roasted barleys, something soapy.
Taste toffee, roasted malts and roasted barleys, oatmeal, hint of coffee, darker herbs and candy, caramel, medium bitter, not sweet at all.
Roasted herrby light roasted barley light coffee aftertaste.
Low carbo, soft mouthfeel, medium to fuller body, watery texture. Cunningham (8406) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 3, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2012 Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. A lot of roasted barley aroma. Sweet fruity flavour with a lot of roasted barley. yngwie (17234) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 31, 2011
Bottle at Ølfestival 2011. A clear, dark chestnut colored beer with a minimal sized off-white head. Roasted nose with dried fruits, raisins mostly, and coffee notes. Dried fruits, caramel, coffee-like roastyness and a decent fruity hoppyness. Medium to full body, quite dry. The finish is long and dry, with caramel and dried fruits. Not really sure about this one, it’s a quite nice beer, but considering it’s a winter beer, or even worse, if it’s supposed to be a Christmas beer, the name suggests the latter, it’s not complex and tasteful enough. Ok, so it’s tasteful and it washes down easily, but it’s not a Christmasy beer in my book. Still, I like it. 110527