hallinghansen (2990) - Odense SV, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2015 edition. Dark brown body with a medium offwhite head. Dark dried fruits, chocolate notes, warming alcohol, raisins, prunes, spices. It reminds me of a traditional danish christmas dinner - duck, prunes, thick brown gravy. Delicious.
fkoolen (1088) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 29, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home, 2014 ed. Very dark reddish brown colour, beautifully stable and creamy beige head. Lots of chocolate and dried fruits, spices like clove and nutmeg, liquorice, some vinous tones (aging?), alcohol is well hidden. Finish is quite dry, bitter. Lingering bitter sweet aftertaste. Gets more sweet as it warms, with some red fruits and more vinous tones. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel, soft, low carbonation, big body.
JanEric (1195) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish brown, minimal head. Aroma has some malts. Full body taste,, medium bitterness, a bit short finish. Nice but a bit overrated.
vipinvelp (4106) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark ruby, tanned lasting, lacing foam head. Aroma is light caramel, some hop, some spices. Complex taste, mix of bitterness, caramel and spices - pepper. Nice aftertaste - good beer. (Velp 201602)
ForlornHope (453) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home (2014 edition). Pours a deep brown-red colour with a small tan head. Rich aroma of roasted malt and dark fruits; yeasty and almost woody. Taste is sweet to start and then bitter. Lots of flavours: port wine, stewed fruit, chocolate, licorice and slightly herbal hop. Like liquid Christmas cake, the booze is evident and gives it a nice finish. Really good with dark chocolate.
cmacklin (1008) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 31, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. (As Vicaris Winter 2012) Pours a murky, dark reddish brown with plenty of sediment and a large, frothy, long lasting, tan head that laces. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, dried fruit, licorice, yeast and alcohol. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, dried fruit, brown sugar, licorice and warming alcohol leading to a dry, bitter, spicy finish. Medium body with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Nice.
kingstoni (2013) - FINLAND - JAN 1, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle as Vicaris Winter 2015. Deep amber color with a medium thin foamy beige head. Aroma of caramel, raisin, spices and yeast. Sweet and medium sour taste with a medium bitter finish. Medium to full body.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
kajser27 (1598) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown to black colored, medium creamy tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, dark fruits, spicy, some banana and apple. Taste is caramel and brown sugary, medium+ sweetness, dark chocolate, spices, yeast, banana fruity finish, hint of alcohol like in boozy chocolate candy and some boozy warming sensation. Medium to full bodied, average carbonation.
(bottle, ’t Brugs Beertje, Brugge)
Boxereddy (479) - BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gedronken als Winter 2014.
Roodbruin bier met een mooie cremekleurige schuimkraag.
Gebrande mout in de neus met toetsen van gedroogd fruit en chocolade.
Smaak brengt de aroma’s helemaal terug.
Mondgevoel is compleet, de afdronk kort en bitterig.
Een stevig winterbier.
Lore (2429) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
mahogany colour, moderate sized creamy beige head; aroma of dried cherry, figs, some chocolate, wallnut notes, alcohol and hints of anise; taste of dried cherry, chocolate, some wallnut, biscuit and anise notes as well as alcoholic warmth; good Christmas beer