JoeinDahlem (1588) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 2, 2007
A warm, spicy and tasty licorice bomb of a barley wine. 33 cL shared and sipped from snifters. Dark brown with a decently lasting off-white head. Big licorice and spices in the aromatics, some brandy notes. Light sweetness, mild licorice-and-hop bitterness. Thin and boozy and I’d like some more. PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Brown unfiltered body with little head. Licorice flavor with brown sugar. Jose pistolas Philadelphia 12 oz tulip $7.50 egajdzis (6673) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2007
[2003 Draft @ Mug’s Ale House] Poured a lightly hazy red brown color with a small ring of off white bubbles, no lacing. Aroma of nuts, wood, caramel malts, dried fruits, and light oxidation. Taste of tart cherries, nuts, wood, spices, with toffee, light roast, and a bit of alcohol in the finish. leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - NOV 30, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 Dark. Light, transient head. Aroma of malts and spice. Flavors of sweet fruit and spices. One of my personal favorites. I’d drink this any time. raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - NOV 27, 2007
Bottle 0.75 l. Very intense and deep almost non-existent head. Aroma has plums, liqourice, malts and spiciness. Flavor is initially mainly liqourice and anise, even a bit too much so. It took a while to get over it, but there were the usual suspects, plums, raisins. More on the sweet side, but very well hidden alcohol. The liqourice is very strong, but still surprisingly balanced as a whole.
Arayaga2 (2206) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2009 Dark semi-opaque cherry color with almost no head. Slightly sour aroma with brown sugar and cinnamon spiced apple notes. Taste is sharp and raisiny with caramel and spice burn at the onset, and ebbs to smooth balance. Finish is lightly carbonated with biscuity taste and alcoholic warming. Rating #600. Draft 13 oz/$7.50 taunusmies (377) - FINLAND - NOV 25, 2007
Pours dark brown with a large head. Taste is balanced, soft and quite sweet. Malty aroma with liquorice and herbs. Raisins and fruits. Very multidimensional taste. Alcohol is very well hidden. TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - NOV 25, 2007
330ml bottle.TET (3132) - Kaarina, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2007
My God, what a gorgeous beer. Pours a deep, ever slightly cloudy ruby-chestnut with a pillowy, bubbly khaki head. Streaming bubbles keep that head from disappearing so that it can leave lumps of Brussels lace on the sides of the glass from beginning to end. Aroma consists of layers of fruit and spice, including juniper, raisin, dried cherries, malty molasses, a touch of citrus and a judicious dash of black pepper. Flavor includes all of the above with a touch of anise for good measure. Moderate hop bitterness comes online on the middle of the tongue. Full-bodied with a smooth and strangely creamy finish. I have found a new favorite Christmas beer. Wow, is this stuff good.
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2013 A very deep and dark brown colour with a blond and medium head. The nose is complicated and there are sweetness, liquirice, lot of anise and hint of herbs. Taste is quite similar than aroma: quite sweet, anise, liquirice, dark fruits and maybe some alcohol. This is very pleasant, strong and complicated beer for a warm up the cold winter nights. GadgetGeek (36) - Snellville, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2007
We drank this 2006 version of Carolus Noël while we were preparing our Thanksgiving meal. It was a gift and thank you. I liken this beer very much to the Gouden Carolus Grand Cru of the Emporer that I have drunk before. Very sweet, very smooth and way to tasty for a 10.5% beverage. This would NOT be my Go-To beer, but is a good special treat for the holidays. I like the slight anise flavor at the finish of this beer. This is skillfully done, fine beer.