Braudog (5938) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber-orange-red, thin head; caramel-sugar aroma. Quite smooth, overly sugary sweet, but with a good malt base. Bit of a grape essence. Weird, but not too bad.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like brown sugar, tastes like grapey-molasses with a bit of cloves. I haven't the faintest idea what this is supposed to be, but I'd drink it in winter. Or in Alaska. Or both. Had at RB Philly gathering February 2004.
DanielBrown (3982) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Safeway, Shirley, West Mids. Strong, spicy aroma - some raisins and marzipan. Looks pleasant enough - a toffee russet colour. Mild, rather bitter, but warming beer. A soft, grainy, bready taste, with some twangs of brandy and herbs. A pretty average beer for the most part, with some friskiness in the medium dry finish.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 Warm red colour, with a custardy aroma. Tasted ginger and blackberries. A very interesting beer as a one off, but couldn’t drink more than one at a time
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark orange with an okay head and no lacing.
Smells fruity-sweet; I'm picking up orange and banana, with a tinge of hops.
Taste is acidic dark fruits. A little bit of banana, apricots, some spices, almost like a Belgian but not.
Pallet is medium bodied. Overall this is okay, but nothing special.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bronze hue with a foamy white head. Light hopped aroma. Taste is a let down, water with a sweet finish. I can't taste the Christmas Tree!
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2004
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Picked this up excitedly expecting another fine Alaskan beer. But this was a huge disappointment. Pale color, weak head. Aroma is confusingly spicy and sweet, but herbal. Slightly hoppy taste, but followed by a weird tartness as the spruce kicks in. Unique flavor indeed, but not very good.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber colored with no head and somewhat flat looking. The nose is spice and sweets. Medium bodied, watery feel, with flavors of spice, and virtually no finish.
YogiBeera (2516) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber color, no head. A light orange nose mixed with candies sugar. Piney and hoppy taste. Shell "It looks like a straw that sticks out of a horses butt" - well, she is right - Cheers! :-)
rauchbier (3639) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Amber bronze, thin but lasting white head and moderate condition. Strange vegetable aroma with fruity malt, Sweet and woody in the mouth with more malt and a hint of tree bark. Dry and earthy finish with a slight hop bitterness.