User37895 (3042) - - JAN 4, 2009
Bottle from State Line. The pour was very porter-like, slow smooht developing and steady (good retention) choco-colored head on top of a full brown-black body. The aroma was all roasted malts, some coffee and chocolate, fruity/vinous touches. The flavor followed the aroma, roasty bitterness keeping this thing pretty balanced. A full porter if you ask me, would have been interesting with a spice or two? The mouthfeel was smooth and silky. Decent stuff within a style (I’m thinking porter/brown ale when I say that) that is pretty much boring the heck out of me lately. thegreenrooster (4396) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Pour is a black with a small tan head. Aroma is very earthy and coffee with some anise and dark fruit. Flavor is very much roasted malts with some caramel covered fruit. Heavy at times but also very drinkable this one is a tasty treat. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2009
500ml Bottle (Batch 169): Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, and a slight tart acidity. Poured dark brown with a hint a ruby in color and a small, bubbly brown head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly tart. Tastes of malts, coffee, chocolate, roasting, sour mix, and some yeast. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Sweet and sour chocolate malt and acid finish. bhensonb (15188) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Bottle from Bottle Trek. Batch 169; brewed 08/08. BB 08/10. Opaque brown/black with a huge frothy, creamy tan head. Smells so roasted it suggests stout. Medium body with smoothly creamy carbonation. Flavor is much like a spiced porter. Lots of toasted malt and spice. Some dark fruit. Maybe a touch of barnyard. Tis a really nice ale. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 30, 2008
In the bottle from Beertopia. I liked this because it started out very earthy and roasted, but finishes up with all the fruity and spicy holiday goodness. This seems more like a highly roasted stout than a porter, but the raisin and fig flavors pull this into a matrix ready for some unusual mild tartness and interesting spices.
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Wow! If this beer is any indication, Norwegians really know their Christmas beers. Rich dark brown with pretty rose highlights and a smooth palate. Aroma reveals chocolate, roasted flavors and sweet fruit. Flavor is excellent and interesting - the flavors in the aroma all come through along with a peaty taste, and the fruit flavor seems like cherries or apricots. I had a moment where I thought I could taste in the beer a delicious bourbon fruit cake. RuneStumo (2672) - Haugesund, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2008
27.12.2008, 0,5l Bottle. Batch 181. Brewed sep. 08, BB sep. 10. The colur is almost dark with a thin layer ov off-white creamy head. Aroma is malty, roasted and bitter hops?. I think it is very dry, bitter chocolate maybe. Strong dry aftertaste with bitterness. A rich beer with full body. Very nice heemer77 (5357) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 24, 2008
Very dark brown body that is nearly black with a medium brown sugar colored head. The aroma is rich milk chocolate with lots of dark fruit like prunes. There is also a woody note. The taste has some strong prune notes along with some light notes of very bitter dark chocolate. Rich and fruity, this is like a liquid version of a chocolate covered prune. Interesting, if nothing else. MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Poured from a 500ml bottle (Batch 169, brewed Aug. 08) and served in a snifter. This beer poured jet black with a few cola colored highlights near the edges and a thin head of bubbly, tan foam. Minimal lacing. The aroma consisted of roasted malts, bakers chocolate, and some slightly vinous dark fruits. The flavor included charred malts, chocolate covered cherries, plums, and a hint of underlying toffee. A nice, mellow roastiness lingers but is not bitter or overpowering. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and slick/oily. Light carbonation. An interesting Christmas brew. The flavor is a bit vinous and full of dark fruit, but it is also rich and malty. Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle from Knightly Spirits. Pours an opaque black color and a tan rim. Lacing is loose and spotty. A full aroma envelops with notes of dark fruits, subtle hops and coffee, chocolate, and soy sauce. Flavors are rich with toffee and coffee, more chocolate, subtle hints of cherry, plums, and other dark fruits. Superbly balanced malt presence here. Soft carbonation and full body. This beer achieves a refreshing quality despite the darkness in color and flavor; not an easy feat to do. An excellent all-around brew.