RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an attractive slightly reddish brown color with a good sized lasting head. Aroma of some citrus and pine, caramel, gingerbread, and a slightly planty mint. Mellow-yet-bold flavor of caramel, nuts, toffee and some pine/wood and butterscotch. Very smooth, but even smoother on the finish. Well blended finish of hop bitterness, butterscotch, dry wood. Effortless transition from upfront, to finish and through the aftertaste. The most awesome thing about this beer was just how smooth it was. Flavor is good and all, but the smoothness! Man...
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
65 cl bottle. Reddish brown colour with a nice light brown head. Lovely aroma of hops, such as citrus, flower and freshness combined with a caramel touch. Lovely flavour of bitter hops, caramel, malt, alcohol and with a very soft bit of hops, but plenty of it. A very lovely Christmas beer, I think it will be nice to serve it to "Risengrød".
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark amber, medium almond head. Big aroma of sweet malts and christmas spices. Big sweet malts and great christmas like spiciness balanced with all sorts o f hops flavors citrus,floral, leafy, but none being bitter, the bitterness was actually very low. This really was just like Great Lakes Christmas Ale without the spices and more malts and alcohol. Very complex and seriously hard to describe, just every aspect kicked ass and was awesome.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAY 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber color with a medium tan head. Nice aroma of sweet caramel malt and hints of hops. Smooth and velvety on the palate. Deep malt and balanced hop notes without a trace of overpowering alcohol even though 9.5%. Nice sweet and bitter finish. Superb brew
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big bottle from San Diego. I have had a couple of these in trade and always sent them on when I felt I was short in a trade. Nice to finally open a bottle. Huge lasting light brown head. Dirty red copper beer. Big grapefruit IPA hop nose. Plenty of malt in a woody base. Alcohol yes but not dominant, felt more in the effect than in the taste. Nicely balanced IIPA.
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber courtesy of JCB (thanks!). Poured reddish-amber with sizeable head. Aroma of citrus and pine, along with some malty sweetness. Upon tasting, got a bit of caramel sweetness and some barleywine fruitiness and hop bitterness in the back. Finished bitter, and somewhat thick. Took me a while to get through the whole thing. Certainly a good beer, but I felt like something was missing; perhaps a bit more hoppiness at the end
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber with a large head. Aroma is citrus with a big malt backbone, some spices. A sugary sweetness balanced by a solid bitterness.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle, poured a huge head, dark orange red. Smells of citrus and pine, and left a nice lacing. Taste the fruit, citrus and pine. Good stuff.
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz sampled with thanks to drewbeerme. Pours a clear amber with a tall white head with orange tints. Aroma is abundant and interesting, citrus, orange lemon, vanilla, cream, and sweet. Sweet flavors, citrus, orange, and a bit of alcohol going into a piney citrus bitter finish. I enjoyed this one but the orange and really malty sweet flavors became a little old as I drank on. Tasty though, I’d like to try it fresh from the tap.
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle, poured a deep amber color with a thick white head. Copious aromas of floral and citrus hops penetrating through the thick malty curtain. Very heavy flavor, lots going on, nice balance between hops and malt. A bomber was tough to drink in one sitting just because it was so thick. A nice beer but I enjoy the summer version much better.