Last Minute Xmas by ClubGonzo, Spice/Herb/Vegetable, 7% ABV, 29.4 IBU.
A spicy dark ale – that sounds like my kind of Christmas beer!
And spicy it is! The aroma is fairly strong and dominated by Christmas spices, mainly ginger, cloves, hints of cinnamon and a touch of cardamom. And it actually reminds me a bit of a mix of the Tomtegløgg and Tomtebrygg bottles you can buy at your local Rimi. Ah, Christmas!
It has a close to black body, with a bit smaller than average, long-lived, beige head that sticks to the glass.
The flavour is strong and fits the aroma like a glove. I’m very happy with the amount of spices, I love my Christmas beers intense and spicy. The spice mix is very well balanced, none of the spices dominate. It’s a quite a sweet brew, but there is enough bitterness to balance the sweetness, and the spices freshen things up further. Finally I don’t get any overwhelming notes of anise as I often do in spiced Christmas ales, I actually doubt that there are any anise in this one at all. Splendid!
It has a pleasant mouthfeel, maybe a bit too lively carbonated initially, but it gets smoother after a while.
Conclusion: it smells and tastes like Christmas. The main drawback is that it isn’t Nøgne Ø Underlig Jul.
Aroma: 7/10 Appearance: 4/5 Taste: 8/10 Palate: 4/5 Overall: 14/20 Ratebeer score: 3.7/5.0