arminjewell (9581) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Pour out of bottle is hazy brownish almost black with off white head, aroma has notes of lots of ginger, clove, and cinnamon spices, hints of chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, and toffee in there as well. Taste is spice heavy with clove and cinnamon, ginger notes in there going into some dark fruit and toffee, finishing fairly sweet, alcohol subdued nicely. olio (10159) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 25, 2011
75 cl bottle. BBE 06.10.2015.laiti (8373) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2011
Originally rated on 20091113.(9+4+9+4+17)
Pours murky red-brown colour with small head. Aroma has lots of plum and dried, ripe fruits. Caramel, wood, spices, mild vanilla notes and hints of liquorice. Flavour of ripe fruits, plum, dark malts, spices, hints of vanilla, some liquorice and caramel. Very complex brew still, though the flavours have smoothened a bit and the alcohol burns through more.
75 cl bottle @ Nurmojzzbassman (1615) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Aroma has raisins, darkened sugar and cherries. Also some hops and hints of spices. Flavour has peppery spices, licorice, anis and some hops. Also some herbs in the finish. Feels a bit like an expectorant. Good and well preserved, the overwhelming hops have been tamed during the two years.
Bottle courtesy of Cheeseman. Compared to the 2008 version this is less herbaceous with about the same sweetness. The cocoa powder shows through on this one, matched with some pepper. adnielsen (10601) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle @ Bull and Bush Christmas tasting. Dark reddish brown appearance with a tan head. Slightly burnt caramel, hay, straw, spicy, a touch fruity aroma. Moderately spicy, ginger, piney, grassy, somewhat fruity flavor.
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - NOV 28, 2011
2009 Bottle at home. Reddish brown color with a thin brown head. Sweet malty aroma, ltos of spices, soem cacao,peach and other fruit. Sweet malty taste, spices, lots of fruits, a flowery note, caramel. Very nice. Prokroustis (745) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - NOV 23, 2011
Dark red brown body, off white head. Strong sweet aroma of caramel, spices, chocolate, licorice, brown sugar; a bit too sweet. Medium lightly carbonated palate. Sweet malty flavour with caramel, alcohol, chocolate, licorice, some orange and lots of spices. Scopey (14498) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2011
Bottle at Craft Beer Co tasting, thanks to Matt. It pours murky deep brown, with a thin beige head. The nose is meat, gravy, spice, dried fruit, caramel and brown sugar. The taste is brown sugar, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, cola, chocolate, spice, light alcohol warmth, molasses and toasted brown bread. Medium to full body, fine carbonation and slightly sticky mouth-feel. Nice. Leighton (21074) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2011
Bottle at 1st CBC Sunday Tasting. Many thanks to Matt. The man is doing great work. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Mild roast and toast aroma, some spices, leather, meat and gravy, light toasted sugars. Medium to big sweet flavor, nice caramel and toffee, some spice, light molasses, subtle earth, some brown sugar. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Decent warm finish, slight spice, some more meat and leather, actually just mild booze presence. Very damn solid stuff. MartinT (9795) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2011
My Bottom Line :
Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove-y spiciness gives life to chocolate, date squares and caramelized nuts in this beautifully cohesive Belgian-style Kerstbier.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A slim veil of foam skirts the reddish dark brown.
-The leafy hop bitterness is able to quieten the panoramic dessert flavor display.
-The spiciness is well balanced and never gets tiresome.
-This is a fantastic red meat accompaniment. Could make a nice glühbier too...
-Light alcohol heat, roasted malts and raisins are other nuances this brew can easily share with those looking for complexity.
-This is a fun change of pace in the vast Mikkeller lineup; complexity abounds yet intensity is part of the appeal.