Dermi (1196) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2011
375 ml, bottled. Pours black with a mocha head. Aroma: Coffee, chocolate. Roasted malt. Taste: Nice bitterness, some sweetness. Alcohol compound. Full bodied. Palate: Fair carbonation. Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Smells like dark caramels and toffee. Pours a dark brown. Taste is fairly balanced but there are some baking spices and light chocolates. Hides the booze well. A fairly easy drinking winter beer. wonkazoo (7) - California, USA - NOV 16, 2011 does not count
A delightful beer, beautiful and dark as per the Mikkeller standard, head is creamy and thick, and the beer is slippery and velvety all at once. A bit lighter than some of the Mikkeller brews, but still retains much of the complexity that I am learning to appreciate well in this brewery. A delightful beer for a cold winter evening, and one that won’t necessarily leave you knackered the next day. RasmusOtt (2873) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2011
On tap. Pours very dark brown, almost black with a brown head. Aroma is orange jam, sweet melon, cloves, honey, red candied apples and some sweet nutty toffe stuff. Taste is chocolate, caramel, deep roasted malts, syrup, brown sugar, christmas spices, some hops is showing and some orange peel. Santa got himself a nice little helper this year too! Hermod (8344) - Vantaa, FINLAND - NOV 12, 2011
37,5cl bottle from Alko. Poured black with a brownish head. Aroma has liquirice, spices and malt. Flavor is liquirice, roasted malt with spices coming better through as it gets warmer. Some alcohol in finish.
lortsker (332) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2011
black with off white small head, Aroma, cantaloupe, melon, pepper, spiced, dried fruits, raisins, dusty, wheat, overrioe plums, prunes, cloves, molasses, floral, some honey, brown sugar, medium mouthfeel, taste is melon, some dry bitterness, roasted, light liquorice, spices, hard burnt malt, tingly, tiong (7606) - Espoo, FINLAND - NOV 12, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2012 375ml bottle from AlkoChristian (13813) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2011
Batch 201120 - Pours dark brown with a small sticky bubbly head. Aroma has notes of caramel, syrup, spices and malts. Taste is quite spicy and malty with notes of roastiness, pepper, chocolate and hops. Full bodied and carbonated. Finish is smooth and warming, alcohol is quite well hidden. Okay, but still quite raw and unbalanced Belgian ale. 7-4-7-3-14 = 3.5
Re-rated on 26.12.2012, 375ml bottle from Alko. Batch 201130 - Taste has evolved quite a lot and is now a lot more malt heavy, the spices have blended in nicely and aren’t as disturbing as they were before. A lot more roastiness and less carbonation, slightly sweetish notes as well. Feels almost like a dark Belgian ale mixed with a barley wine with some spiciness. Nice.
Near black with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of caramel, dried fruit, pine needles, cardemum and cinnamon. Sweet and spicy flavour with caramel and toffee and a slightly roasted finish stobbe74 (3790) - DENMARK - NOV 10, 2011
Pours a clear and dark brown beer with a beige head. The aroma is malt, caramel, fruit, dried fruit, spices and alcohol. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is alcoholwarmth and sweetness. Overall an average beer with a high level of alcohol. TET (3205) - Kaarina, FINLAND - NOV 10, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2012 A almost black beer with a medium, brown head. Aroma is great, roastiness and liquirice, lot of pine woods and some warming alcohol and spicyness. Taste is also roasted with liquirice, medium piney bitterness, spicyness, anis and some black peppers and spicyness. Smooth carbonation, full bodied, pleasant to drink. When the beer is warmer, then spicyness is more dominant than liquirice. This year Santas helper hitts the target and I enjoy this package, very succesfully, enjoyable, distantly similar than Nøgne Ø #100, but clearly more spicy. Edit. 2.11.2012. One year old, now there are also dark furits and raisins in the aroma, same dark fruits can be found also from the taste.