brokensail (16432) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
A: The pour is almost black with a thin mocha colored head.
S: There’s a big dark fruit aroma right off the bat. Lots of plums, prunes, cherries, and figs. Lots of roasted malts, a bit of burnt sugar, approaching ash, but works quite well. Some licorice and a bit of alcohol, too.
T: Tons and tons of roast, lots of burnt sugar, licorice, and molasses. There’s a slight bitterness to it, likely from the roasted malts. The fruit character is not as pronounced as on the nose, but still there.
M: The body is medium with a low to moderate level of carbonation and a bit of warming alcohol.
D: For a big beer like this, it’s pretty easy to drink and quite enjoyable (probably the best of the Santa’s vintages I’ve tried). Dedollewaitor (16055) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 29, 2009
22oz bottle at VV tasting, Odense. Pitch black with a creamy brown head and lacings. Nose is roasted coffee and milky chocolate. Taste is roasted malts and liquorice with some ashy notes. Smooth and full bodied. Vinous, oily and sticky palate. Rather simple - just damm tasty and drinkable. FatPhil (15963) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 1, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2014 660ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki, American Weeks 2009) - shared with oh6gdx - thanks! (6:4:7:3:13=3.3)MiP (15650) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 1, 2017
Coffee aroma. Some slight sherbet. Coffee in the taste too. Quite creamy. Nice burnt and hoppy palate. However, retronasally I’m getting battery acid, which ain’t so great. Pretty good sipper, covers the alcohol quite well.
Rerate: Bottle pour (Līgo Ziema 2014, Riga) (7:4:7:4:13=3.5)
Nice roast. Sticky finish. OK.
Bottle, 10.5%. Minty aroma?! Black colour. Big stable brown head. The flavour is quite roasted and a little bready. Good mouthfeel. The alcohol is well-hidden, but a bit rough in the finish. Benzai (15446) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2012
66 oz bottle @ home, bottle from trade with Jeffo1. Pitch black color, big thick creamy light brown head that’s fully lasting. Smell malts, roasted malts, some coffee, hops, slightly alcohol. Taste roasted malts, coffee, hints of mocca, hops, bitter and a little bit of alcohol. Very nice balance, very nice beer! Good mouthfeel, medium to full body, medium carbonation.
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2008
Bottle at ØLbaren - thanks. Black - brown head. Licorice, burned, syrup, spicy, nice hoppy, cocoa, brown sugar, sharpness, high malty, chocolate. Very nice !!!! bhensonb (15082) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 4, 2008
2008 bomber from Marcus. Only the good stuff. Black color with no head. The aroma is complexly tarry. Vanilla. Wood. Anise? Chocolate. Scary. Medium plus body with chewy carbonation. Flavor is rather tarry. With chocolate and coffee and vanilla. If Santa doesn’t come to your house, he is probably lying in ecstasy on a North Pole floor. Very satisfying and tasty. gunnfryd (14815) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2010
Bottle. Brown amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, hop, coffee, chocolate. Flavour is alcohol, hop, coffee, roasted malt, oily, chocolate. Full body. Very nice beer. DSG (14685) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 11, 2009
(10/30/08) Bottle drank at my hostel in San Francisco. Black-colored with a small brown head. Aroma is roasty, full of dark fruits, also some pralines and liquor notes. Sweet fruity flavor with roasted malt, chocolate, licorice hints, yeast notes and lots of alcohol. Nice thick body. A bit too much alcohol in the flavor and it also seems like the fruitiness clashes with the roastiness instead of complementing it. Ratman197 (14668) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Bomber poured a nearly opaque black with lasting brown head. Aromas of coffee, licorice, bitter chocolate, light carmel ands light vanilla. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a dry fin ish. Flavors of bitter chocolate, coffee, vanilla, light oak and a hint of licorice with a smooth dry lingering chocolate finish.