italianjohn (3108) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Deep brown pour beige/tan head light striped lacing ... aroma is roasted coffee and of anise (licorice) .... taste is of roasted coffee and malts, anise (licorice), some dark overripe fruits, candi syrup and a lingering spicy dry abv warming finish ..... not a bad brew like a stout and belgian strong ale jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2011
2011-12-03. Black body with a modest tan head. 3+ First sips are quite roasty, light alcohol character, sugary malt accents, hints of spice or am I reaching? Sugary notes are nice, light herbal character in the finish. 7+ Dry malty accents over sweet malt in the aroma, light roast and alcohol. 7+ Smoothed medium bodied palate. 3+ Decent. Tap at Blue Monk, Buffalo freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Tap pours opaque brown black with tan head. Smells of heavy roasted grain and coffee with some sweetness. The taste is similar with belgian yeast and some light spice but it falls mostly into a mild imperial stout category. Nice warming brew overall, simple but effective. finol (3359) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle from Systembolaget.
Pours dark brown with a big tan head.
Sweet taset of liqour filled chcolates. Sweet and smooth. HenrikSoegaard (14100) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown excellent fully lasting head. Very dark red-amber almost black colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Roast and dark yeasty fruits in nice balance. Heavy bitter wonderfull complex flavor. Long great moderate bitter finish. Vanilla and fruity esters and roast. Creamy palate. World class.
adnielsen (10601) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle @ Bull and Bush Christmas tasting. Dark reddish brown appearance with a tan head. Toasty caramel malty, slightly spicy, lightly fruity, toffee aroma. Roasty dark malty, toffee/caramel, spicy, piney flavor. Pretty nice beer. bernold (9) - SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2011 does not count
Nice thick and sturdy. Just a hint of christmas flavors. Made me feel all warm inside Kavu (4722) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2011
Pours very dark red with a tan head. Aroma is spices and roasted malts, as is pretty much the flavor. Brilliant again from Mikkeller. VsXsV (4414) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2011
375 ml bottle from Systembolaget. Very dark brown/black, opaque liquid with mahogany edges and huge tan head. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruits, fruity, piny hops, fruity yeast esters, dark sugar, spices and some light coffee. Taste is light sweet, medium bitter and quite roasted but still fruity in a belgian way. Medium to full bodied with OK carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. A bit boozy but nothing too awful. Nice one, though it feels a bit more like an Imperial Porter or Stout than a Belgian Strong Ale (even if the belgo notes absolutely are there). michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Draught at TJ’s: Aroma of malt, chocolate, hops, pine, and a hint of roasting.
Poured very dark brown in color with a small, creamy, dense tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of malt, chocolate, and a hint of soy. Medium body. Average texture. Soft carbonation. Medium sweet, malt and chocolate finish is dry. 10.9%ABV is completely hidden throughout.