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 (4299) - 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.
tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2010
750 bottle, home. Nice white lacing, opaque texture with hints of red and brown sugar. Aroma of Christmas putting, cherry fruit cake, spices and oak. Taste is spices, oak, sherry, wood, brown sugar, Christmas cake, caramel, cherry fruit cake, marzepan, vanilla, chocolate bon bon biscuits, cream, good bitterness, some nice espresso, some cholocate mint cookies. Wow what a great combo. Really loving the complexity. Finish is big, fruity, boozy, heart-warming and medium. Wow. Awesome. Leighton (21266) - 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. dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Massive Mikkeller pt.2 Out of the three vintages (11’,09’,08’) this one tasted the best. Sweet and very flavorful. Seemed a little more mellow then the others but the flavor was still very in your face. Awesome! TheDog (586) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 17, 2010
Bottle 75cl Special edition Bravida. Dark amber colour with beige head. Aroma and taste of... so much! Dates. raisin, sugars, caramel, cinnamon and coriander. It has that WAUU effect. A bit too much but still its very balanced. A big mouthfull and all senses being used. Simply irresistible and fantastic in april. KingCecil (2084) - DENMARK - SEP 21, 2010
Fra flaske, dufter rigtig godt af friske humle blade,rigtig flot mørk farve med rigtig flot lyse brunt skum!, smager lidt sødt men med en dejlig eftersmag af humle!, ok fylde ikke for meget ikke for lidt i forhold toil en jule øl ! i alt en rigtig dejlig jule øl ! vil købe og nyde når som helst !