rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt .9oz bottle into a mug. There appears to be no freshness date.
Appearance: Its head builds up tall and foamy. It is firm and rocky, light tan color and slow fading. A small thin cap hangs on till the very last sip. On the way down the glass it leaves some nice rings of lace. The body has a deep, very dark reddish amber/old copper color with some visible carbonation.
Smell: The aroma has a modest presence of spicy/herbal hops with a hint of holiday spices and something citrusy.
Taste/Palate: The flavor has a solid hop presence with citrus and spicy/leafy notes. The hops are supported by a mildly sweet and dark bready maltiness. Within it are also notes of brown sugar and a touch of cinnamon. In the finish hop flavor picks up and adds dryness and bit of bitterness. The body has a medium to full feel with a slick smooth texture and active tingly carbonation.
Notes: Overall this was a pleasant Winter Warmer.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a darker near clear lovely red with a tall thin sudsy sticky cream-colored head. Aroma is near identical to Struisse Rosse, which is a good thing, robust amber malt, sour grains, apples, lightly stinky hops. Flavor follows, some diacetyl, very grainy, grassy, amber-like, robust malts, very good and very drinkable!
larsga (7478) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium offwhite head. Red body. Roasty dusty wooden aroma with raisiny spicy notes. Dry-sweetish roasty chocolatey earthy taste with spicy wooden notes. Mid-bodied. Harmonic. Dusty mouthfeel, faintly buttery. Dryish roasty malty wild berry aftertaste with spicy papery wooden notes. Lingers for a long time. Very nice! (0.5l bottle, Systembolaget, Charlottenberg.)
gyllenbock (8692) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fine dark amber. Decent foam disappeared quickly, leaving residues.
The nice smell contained hops, caramel, some grass and grapefruit.
The taste was fruity and sweet, toffee, nuts. Medium bitterness and body. Descent stuff.
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours lightly hazy orange amber with a lacy off-white head. Caramel fig nose with a bit of orange. Medium body. Sweet caramel taste, with bread, brown sugar. Grassy/spicy finish.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
DecemBeer. Sample from a bottle shared by me. Dark red beige cover. Caramel, toffee, light spicy aroma. Taste is fruity, caramel, toffee, sweet.
alexanderl (1) - Katrineholm, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2009 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’m in no way any expert, but I think this beer has both a nice full smell and taste, as well as a nice amber color. A little bitter in the end, but not too much. (A very subjectiv judgement, I know, but this is my first rating and I hope to improve in the future.)
grigoriuri (6) - New York, USA - DEC 19, 2009 does not count
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not too much on Aroma, little bread and caramel malt, but that could be that my wife is cooking with garlic and saffron so I can’t appreciate the smell. Beautiful rich amber color with a little haze that suits me fine. Love the flavour. Rich in malt but the hop takes over with a zesty bite. Doesn’t strike me as a winter ale, this is a year rounder.
notalush (5837) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50cl bottle - hazy amber, moderate lace - aroma is lightly spicy, herbal, biscuity, mildly estery, with some buttery diacetyl underneath - full, soft carbonation - some dry, crackery maltiness, with some moderate toffee sweetness underneath - some herbal, tea-like character - a bit of oiliness on the back end, and left behind on the lips - weird - diacetyl and bitterness on the end, a hint of peppery heat - fairly authentic, just not all that good.
AlbertC (277) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The traditional oppigårds style but with more complexity with the spices and x-mas feel to it