Merlin8000 (9) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
LOTS of flavors and aromas going on here.
While I enjoy it when I have it, I find that its much better in small quantities as it tends to kill off most of the ability to taste anything else after a while.
I usually keep it around for a good hearty meal or to complement a milder beer.
ordybill (1156) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a golden amber color with a small white head. The aroma is a giant hop blast. The taste matches the aroma. An excellent beer.
ozzy70 (453) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 8, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark copper with tan head. Aroma was citrus, pine and pepper. Taste was sweet malts and peppery.
Bif (1889) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark copper color with a decent head. Aroma of pine, citrus, bit of malt sweetness and spice. Taste of malt sweetness, bit of pine and spice. Decent bitterness and a clean finish. Fairly light body, smooth with a hint of the season. Hoped for a bit more in a holiday offering.
Wallaby501 (24) - - DEC 29, 2015
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Rather uninspired. Appearance is a cloudy dark gold. Aroma is faint. Taste is rather bland and even slightly off putting with a skunky aftertaste. Very disappointed. Would definitely not recommend.
csaso (1965) - Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - 2015, big foamy head, dark copper color, fairly good size pine hop aroma and flavor, moderate bready malt backbone, resiny finish, pretty good overall
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ttoadee (1161) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange/brown pour, finger off white head. Nose is tangerines, hint of booze. Bittersweet. Middle is pine & spruce tips (some bark floating there too), bitter citrus peel, and medium roasted malt. Finish is bitter. Little out of balance.
Sirmixsomewhat (173) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Most winter beers fall in one place for me: the middle. Theyíre typically not ones to teeter to the bad or the great, but this one teeters more toward the former direction and Iím not totally sure why. I guess itís because itís more bitter than a winter beer typically is, but itís not terrible.
sjohnny (465) - - NOV 24, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smells like a Christmas tree....so it's got that. Pours a cloudy reddish honey amber with a thick foamy very light tan head. Pine, earth, bitter finish. Thin mouthfeel. It's not bad or anything.
John25 (1291) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Red. Spruce tree and pine. Very Christmassy. Solid for the gimmick of a holiday beer. Wouldn't get it again.
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brsechins (4) - Louisiana, USA - NOV 9, 2015 does not count
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours as a slightly red tinted amber with an off white head. Aroma is slightly malty with hints of holiday spices and leather that is overpowered by spruce. First taste is an unbalanced bitterness that is dominated by spruce and very subtly sweet. It finishes overly dry with a lingering bitterness. Not Abitas best work.