Christmas Beers 2015

Anchor Merry Christmas 2015

Every year the beer makers of this world make a little stronger and little worse beers than usual . In general the stronger taste is supposed to tone better with the stronger food of the Christmas season. I’m trying out each and every one of the Christmas beers. I’ll be updating this post with each of the beers with a short summary of the tasting. Why do I do this? Just to have a record of the notes. But if you get anything out of this, all the better.

Date: 12/12/2015
Name: Jóli Barley Wine
Taste: Way way to spicy. Just not good.
Label: Simple, childish, ugly.
Alcohol volume: 10%
Rating: 1/5

Jóli Barley Wine

Jóli Barley Wine

Date: 11/12/2015
Name: Jólakaldi Súkkulaði Porter
Taste: Coffee and lots of chocolate. I didn’t like it. The chocolate was too rich. Maybe with really strong smoked meat it could work.
Label: Old school, chool printing techniques.
Alcohol volume: 6,5%
Rating: 1.5/5

Jólakaldi Súkkulaði Porter

Jólakaldi Súkkulaði Porter

Date: 10/12/2015
Name: Jóla Kaldi
Taste: Malt and caramel (chocolate?). Fine smooth taste. Great with the Christmas dinner.
Label: Christmassy with nice silver effects.
Alcohol volume: 5,4%
Rating: 3.5/5

Jóla Kaldi

Jóla Kaldi

 

 

 

Date: 06/12/2015
Name: Tuborg Julebryg
Taste: Lager beer, malt and caramel. Close to the classic Tuborg, not so Christmassy.
Label: Danish Tuborg Christmas.
Alcohol volume: 5,6%
Rating: 3/5 (Revised from 2/5, Tuborg is just too classic of a beer to hate on it)

Tuborg Julebryg

Tuborg Julebryg

Date: 05/12/2015
Name: Egils Malt Jólabjór
Taste: Malt, hint of licorice. Good beer I’m going to serve with food.
Label: Retro Malt nostalgia.
Alcohol volume: 5,6%
Rating: 4/5

Egils Malt Jólabjór

Egils Malt Jólabjór

Date: 04/12/2015
Name: Gouden Carolus Christmas
Taste: Licorice, caramel, spicy (anis?)smooth beer.
Label: Vintage, classic and beautiful.
Alcohol volume: 10,5%
Rating: 2/5

Gouden Carolus Christmas

Gouden Carolus Christmas

Date: 03/12/2015
Name: Anchor Merry Christmas 2015
Taste: Mild, licorice, smooth beer.
Label: Vintage, classic and beautiful.
Alcohol volume: 5,5%
Rating: 4/5

Anchor Merry Christmas 2015

Anchor Merry Christmas 2015

Date: 02/12/2015
Name: Föroya Bjór Jólabryggj
Taste: Mild, malt. Not much Christmassy, fine beer.
Label: 1980’s with poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) on the label.
Alcohol volume: 5,8%
Rating: 2,5/5

Föroya Bjór Jólabryggj

Föroya Bjór Jólabryggj

Date: 01/12/2015
Name: Gæðingur Jólabjór
Taste: Malt, coffee and caramel. Ok but not much more.
Label: Referencing an old Icelandic ghost tale (Djákninn á Myrká). Littlebit cheap.
Alcohol volume: 4,6%
Rating: 2,5/5

Gæðingur Jólabjór

Gæðingur Jólabjór

Date: 29/11/2015
Name: Samuel Adams Winter Lager
Taste: Sweet (candice?), fruity and fresh.
Label: Very Sam Adams’ish. Winter themed.
Alcohol volume: 5,6%
Rating: 3,5/5

Samuel Adams Winter Lager

Samuel Adams Winter Lager

 

Date: 29/11/2015
Name: Einstök Doppelbock
Taste: Chocolate, lightly spiced.
Label: Viking with reindeer horns and red nose.
Alcohol volume: 6,7%
Rating: 3,5/5

Einstök Doppelbock

Einstök Doppelbock

Date: 27/11/2015
Name: Shepherd Neame Christmas Ale
Taste: Bitter, fruity but sweet.
Label: English Christmas.
Alcohol volume: 6%
Rating: 2/5

 Shepherd Neame Christmas Ale

Shepherd Neame Christmas Ale

Date: 26/11/2015
Name: Redhook Winterhook
Taste: Wonderful malt with tones of spices floating over and under.
Label: Christmas sweater.
Alcohol volume: 6%
Rating: 5/5

Redhook Winterhook

Redhook Winterhook

Date: 25/11/2015
Name: Pottaskefill brúnöl nr. 36
Taste: Chocolate, caramel, coffee, malt. Good Beer.
Label: Traditional Egils beer label. Red base.
Alcohol volume: 6.2%
Rating: 4/5

Pottaskefill brúnöl nr. 36

Pottaskefill brúnöl nr. 36

 

Date: 25/11/2015
Name: Ölvisholt Jólabjór
Taste: Spicy nutmeg and cinnamon all over the place. Too rich and I’m still thinking this beer is by far the worst one of the beers so far.
Label: Deep-fried patterned Christmas wafer. That’s Christmassy… right?
Alcohol volume: 5%
Rating: 1/5

Ölvisholt Jólabjór

Ölvisholt Jólabjór

 

Date: 24/11/2015
Name: Boli Doppel Bock Jólabjór
Taste: Hops, liquorice, coffee. Nice Beer.
Label: Classic and solid.
Alcohol volume: 5,2%
Rating: 2,5/5

Boli Doppel Bock

Boli Doppel Bock Jólabjór

Date: 22/11/2015
Name: Viking Jólabjór
Taste: Malt, caramel, hops. Nice beer.
Label: Classic Christmas. The most Christmasy about this beer.
Alcohol volume: 7,5%
Rating: 3,5/5

Viking Jólabjór

Viking Jólabjór

Date: 21/11/2015
Name: Jólabock
Taste: Little bit too bitter if anything
Label: Simple label referencing the Cod emblem. Highly drinkable.
Alcohol volume: 6,2%
Rating: 3/5

Jólabock

Jólabock

Date: 20/11/2015
Name: Steðji special. Almáttugur jólaöl
Taste: Liquorice is what hits you first. Not great, not horrible.
Label: Too much happening on the label. Ugly.
Alcohol volume: 6.0%
Rating: 2.5/5

Steðji special. Almáttugur jólaöl

Steðji special. Almáttugur jólaöl

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