oakbluff (448) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 21, 2010
750 ml bottle on unknown vintage shared via Piscator34- pours with a decent ruby mahogony clarity with a frothy head. Nose- all spice and candi sugar. Taste- well balanced spicing of cloves, some cinammon. Quite sweet initially then dries quickly on the finish. Slightly boozy not bad for a 10% beer. A nice winter sipper. piscator34 (2534) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 21, 2010
Bottled sample, consumed with oakbluff. Dark red in colour with strong carbonation.Aromas are of berry fruit, coriander, juniper berries, other spices, and pale malts. Well balanced in the mouth between the spice, fruity yeast, and malt elements. Fairly light bodied considering the alcohol content, but that just makes it all the more drinkable. An enjoyable holiday brew, but nothing too mind blowing. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 19, 2010
THOUGHTS: This one has Christmas written all over it — both literally and figuratively. Nice and warming, especially considering it was 19° with a wind chill of 7° the night I tried this. I could smell this as soon as I poured it. I’ve been waiting to try this for a long time. I finally picked it up this year and was not disappointed. Hid alcohol incredibly well. One of the best ABV hiders ever. It had one of the most persistent heads I’ve ever seen, too. The beer was hard to explain, but great. An incredible beer, really This will be a Christmas Eve beer for me next year. Nice.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a cloudy, medium to dark brown with red highlights and a small to average, creamy and fizzy, tan head that kept a nice blanket and was nearly fully lasting. The aroma was light to moderate caramel malt; moderate spicy and fruity yeast; cinnamon, and dark, sour fruit. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet, spicy, acidic and ever so slightly sour; while the finish was lightly sweet, rather acidic ,k slightly sour and spicy. The was dar, sour fruit, dark candy sugar, light Christmasy spices, spicy and fruity yeast, maple syrup, molasses, hints of chocolate, cinnamon, caramel malt, some earthy yeast toward the end of the bottle and a bit of metallic notes at the end. The medium to full body leaned toward full was full and silky and then very dry with very fizzy carbonation and a moderately astringent and lightly alcoholic finish. Totochtin (73) - Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Pours a transparent rootbeer color with off-white persistent head. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, spices, licorice, and alcohol. Sweet with a mild tartness and flavors matching the aroma finishing lightly dry and spicy. Lively carbonation with light to medium body. Very rich, but balanced and well-integrated. Overall delicious. Sammy (12205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2010
Enjoyed on tap at the Tops Tasting Room. Finally got up to this. Pours gorgeous black with a significnat white head, and some spices holding on the tap. Lacey. This is a rich ale, mildly malty, with ginger, allspice, c-hop, white pepper. Just had been tapped last night.A sipper.
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Pours soft brown, hazy, with white head.
Nose is slightly citrus with baked dessert goods.
Palate has an enormous holiday spice with roasted sweetness. Basically a nice, sweet holiday dessert that happens to be a beer.
Finish is long with lingering holiday spice. probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2010
750 ml bottle from Bieropholie, shared with Billy, served at cellar temperature in a goblet. 21DE09.MrGGen (334) - ITALY - JAN 23, 2010
App.: Deep brown-mahogany, thin light tan head.
Aroma: Rich fruity malts, orange peel, a little earthy, sweet, a little warm spice, esters, a good bit of alcohol.
Palate: Medium body, very full, soft effervescence.
Flav.: Quite similar to the nose, a touch more orange, a touch less sweetness; off-dry with a mildly fruity and fairly alcoholic finish.
Merry Christmas indeed.
Versa ambra scuro, con una spessa spumosa schiuma color mokaUn bel profumo speziato, cdi coriandolo, anice e liquirizia, l’alcol, prugne e frutta scura. In bocca, dolce di zucchero candito con il coriandolo, l’alcol e il riscaldamento. Ricca e morbida. Assaggiata a Natale 2009,il periodo adatto! Lubiere (13911) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2010
A dark amber ale with a thick frothy light moka head. A nice spiced aroma, with coriander, aniseed and licorice, alcohol, plums and dark fruits. In mouth, a smooth candy sugar with coriander, warming alcohol. Rich and smooth. Bieropholie import. Tasted xmas 2009. WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Bottle. Pours a very hazy brown color with a massive egg white foamy head. Aroma is Christmas spice. Flavor is fresh bread, yeast, slightly spicy, finish is dry and pine like with hints of alcohol. Medium bodied and smooth.