BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasted nuts, vanilla, caramel, spices, fresh bread. This one had it all. great smell and flavor, and the mid level of alcohol made me feel warm inside.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - FEB 19, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber color, disappearing head. Malty and nutty nose. Flavor is very malty with nut and spices tones. Mild and nice.
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 17, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Piney, caramel aroma, quickly dissapating very small head, taste is somewhat spicey, with light hops, average feel on the palate, decent beer, but nothing more then a single.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice medium amber color. Thin head, light carbonation. Sweet, carmel, malty nose. Malty flavor with a slight hop bite. Aftertaste is interesting... sweet smokey finish, reminds me a bit of worcestershire sauce. This brewery always has the smoothest beers going down.
Braudog (6198) - Yorktown, Virginia, 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) - Pennsylvania, 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 (4340) - 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 (8749) - 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!