Defreni (3277) - Husum, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2007
Fad. Dejlig julebryg. Sød mørk og stærk. Simpelthen perfekt til en kold vinteraften eller en god flæskesteg. wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Bottle at argo0’s xmas party, thanks wickedpete! Dark, brown/black with ruby edges. Aroma is fruity, spicy, and a little yeasty. Flavor similar, with candy sugar, sight alcohol in aftertaste, and well, pretty dang good. heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Purchased at Corral in Granite City, IL. The black body was topped with a light orange, almost rust colored head. The aroma was tobacco, rasins and clove spice. There was also some light bread crust. The taste was glazed donuts at first with some milk chocolate. As I drank more, I got notes of raspberries and a strong vineous finish. I was surprised that the fruit was the dominant character rather than spicing. This is interesting and well made. I think that this came across as a Belgian inspired dry stout with subtle spicing and fruit notes. toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2007
Black/brown beer with brown/beige foam. Burned aromas of nuts, malts, roasts and sharp vegetal bitters. Taste is soft coffee like with strange bitters of caramelized onions. Thick, rich taste with good body and some hart warming alcohol tones. Finish is very caramely, dry with some strange bitters.
Thanks Lachesis for sharing this one. jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Poured a motor oil brownish black with a light brown head of frothy, creamy foam. Good head retention and a fair amount of laced sticking.
The first smells I noticed in the aroma was an appetite inducing chocolate malt, a mix of dark chocolate and mocha, followed by the dark candy syrup, a desert lover’s dream. The orange peel and coriander seeds add a soft orange citric dimension to the smell. At the edges is a light spiciness and traces of woody herbal hops. The alcohol is barely noticeable, just a warm dark candy scent. As it warms, a little smoky nuttiness emerges. I found the nose to be quite attractive.
The moderate body has a fluffy creaminess to it, smoothly lush feel in the palate. Definitely sweet desert tasting, dark chocolate cake with caramelized dark sugar icing. Right behind the chocolate malt and candy syrup comes a mild malt nuttiness, a nice topping to the desert flavors. The orange peel and coriander seeds, along with the ale yeast, help add a sharp fruitiness to the taste. The hops are properly restrained, herbal spicy and adding a little woody stem taste to the softly dry finish. The alcohol provides a steady rum-like spiced warmth through out the duration of the taste, the 11% ABV is well disguised, making this a sipper that you need to be cautious with.
Maybe because it is Christmas and I am in a really good mood, but I really enjoyed this Christmas ale from Mikkeller, for me, the definition of a festive winter warmer.
Ratman197 (15094) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2008
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a large creamy lasting tan head with nice lacing. Aromas of chocolate milk, roasted malt, spice, vanilla, pepper and a hiunt of licorice. Palate was medium bodied smooth and warming. Flavors of bitter chocolate, vanilla, light spice, light charcoal and a hint of mocha with a smooth warming chocolatey finish.ChainGangGuy (4905) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2008
One of the best Christmas beers I’ve tried this year!
Appearance: Pours a black body with a full, though short-lived tan head.
Smell: Peppery and spicy from the onset with the scent of a cabernet and dark malts. All in all, the nose hides the myriad of flavors that await you.
Taste: It’s time to ride the Mikkeller conveyor belt of flavor and pass by tastes of white pepper, bittersweet chocolate, and sweet toasted candi sugar. A wave of robust red wine courses through the flavor and carries with it a touch of tartness. Hint of burnt chestnuts. Fruity finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Moderate carbonation. Warming alcohol presence.
Drinkability: A very delightful Christmastime beer that drinks rather easily despite the 11% ABV. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2008
[973-20071215] 1pt9.4floz (Vintage 2007; Holiday Tasting 2007 @ Cole’s, Buffalo, NY). Mild roasty malt aroma has a little sweet flower fruit and dates. Dark brown black body with a medium-lasting foamy light tan head. Sweet roasted dark dark fruit malt flavour. Full body is smooth and sweet. Very nicely balanced. Yum. Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Surprisingly very dark brown. Hardly any light shining through with a big tan head. Large bubbles. Good lacing. I can smell dark fruits in the aroma before my face gets anywhere near the glass. The flavor is full of plum with just a hint of spice. Very rich. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Very sticky sweet at the finish. As it warms, tons of chocolate and caramel flavors emerge. Fuck yeah, I’m all about this one! madsberg (11774) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2008
Bottled. Dark brownish red coloured. Huge dense brown head. Lasting. Spice, ripe fruits, light herbs, chocolate, a tad of alcohol in the aroma .Flavour has some chocolate, ripe fruits, spice and a light touch of liqourice. Medium to full bodied. Cocoa and chocolate sweetness, with some liqourice and bitter notes. Alcohol warming on lips. Well balanced and smooth beer. One has to remember its 11%, but its very well hidden.