jakobhedeskov (8) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2013 does not count
Probably one of my favorite beers of all time. Complex flavours but still a very balanced beer and extremely good beer. driflin (23) - DENMARK - JUL 24, 2013
An absolutely fantastic beer. One of my all-time favorites. I imagine they serve this in heaven! talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2010
The pour is a translucent, deep, dark, ruby color with a light tan, foamy, fluffy, full head which is mostly lasting and does leave a thin frothy layer and some soapy lace. The nose is noticeably hoppy but balanced; pink grapefruit, spicy resins, spicy warmth, light pine, orange peel, chocolate and cocoa undertones, dark bread notes, and light molasses. The flavor is equally as interesting with more spice noted (nutmeg, allspice), nice cocoa and milk chocolate notes, some pecans, toasted marshmallow, light resinous pine, hints of orange peel, and faint molasses. Palate is very nice with a moderately full body, soft to lively carbonation, nearly chewy and silky mouthfeel, and a very delicate warmth. Finishes with almost rustic hop notes, toasted marshmallows, milk chocolate cocoa, and some faint orange peel. I am at a loss for words with this one; from the nose, it seemed quite hoppy with a nice malt backbone. But the flavor had great complexity but kept a delicate nature. Usually cocoa tends to dry beers out but this one remained silky and chewy without the dryness. To call this a BSA just diminishes the beer; it seemed to be much more with American influence and less yeast influence. I am surprised by the low-ish ratings because this year’s beer seemed to have it all, not one area that was lacking. Mikkeller seems to find ways to create beers that stray from the norm but are incredibly likable and drinkable. I cannot get enough of this one. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 15, 2010
THOUGHTS: Wow. Not very Christmasy, but definitely a Christmas gift of an even more special ale than their normally exceptional ales. This is one of my favorites each year. It always surprises me. The dominant aroma and flavor of this was wet coffee grounds blending with pine hops, but there was so much more. Just layer after layer of flavor. It hid the alcohol extremely well. They you, Mikkeller, for this fine gift. Less carbonation would have made this nearly perfect. I felt the carbonation hid some of the flavor.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark read that looked nearly brown in the glass with a small to average, off-white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma was heavy roasted, burnt, molasses, caramel, over 70% cocoa dark chocolate and wet coffee grounds; light pine and citrus rind hops; raisin, smoke, and tobacco. The aroma did fade a little as it warmed, but it was still very nice. The initial flavor was sweet and light to moderately bitter; while the finish was sweet, rather bitter and acidic with a long duration. There was citrus, dark chocolate at nearly 70% cocoa, coffee grounds, roasted and burnt malts, raisin, yeast, pine hops, orange rind, prune, slight metallic hops, coffee and a little grain. The medium to full body leaned more to medium and was syrupy for a moment and then rather dry with fizzy carbonation and a dry, lightly alcoholic, lightly astringent and ever so slightly metallic finish. Grzesiek79 (4485) - Radom, POLAND - APR 16, 2013
Jesli chodzi o smak to piwo jest rewelacyjne, wspanialy zapach kakao wyczuwalne i jest to wszystko intensywne. Smak boski wytrawno slodki ale kakaowy, w tele nuta wanilli, troche alkoholowy finisz. Kolor gleboko czerwony z ciemnymi refleksami. Minusem jest zastosowanie korka syntetycznego, ktorego nie spotkalem czesto w piwach belgijskich. Ale ogolnie na swieta polecam ten wyrob sezonowy.