GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. Deep copper coloring. Thick, three inch head that evaporates very slowly, begging me to drink before itís ready. Buttery smell, nearly butterscotch like. Complex taste, at times malty and at times hoppy. Alcohol content readily apparent, pleasing, welcome. A top beer in my book.
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another great Alesmith product. The Yulesmith pours a orange-brown sort of color with a nice head that leaves tons of lacing on the glass--maybe the most Iíve ever had. The aroma is along the lines of Great Divide Hercules or Stone Ruination--pine, citrus, with a hint of caramel. The taste is very nice. Plenty of hoppines in there, but backed up by a solid wall of malt flavor. The balance is what makes this one smooth and refreshing. "
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, 2006 vintage) Pours a clear amber body with a huge long-lasting beige head. Aroma of fresh citrus, breadiness, and caramel. Flavor of caramel, chocolate, hops, and an abundance of malt presence.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A crossbreed of an amber and a IIPA, hence the imperial red-ness. More malty than an IIPA, but much of the same flavors. Lighter than the summer and more malty. actually tastes a lot like big hoppy monster but with a creamier mouthfeel and different types of hops.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle 65 cl) Pours a slightly hazy amber with a creamy, off-white head. Aroma of citrus and caramel. A great, full body with plenty of caramel and distinct aroma hops also leaving a solid dose of bitterness. 011206
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 6, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2009 Ok need to re-rate, cask today at the brewery, and damn! 2005 22oz bomber. Happily found this at a Bevmo in La Jolla before the 2006 release date, my sources and I suspect Stone, Alesmithís distributor had some left in storage in their refrigerated warehouse, and waited until the season to relase it. Bottle foamed over upon opening which was a tad dissapointing. Pours a cloudy straw with a huge pillowy thick head. The aroma is pure refreshing hop goodness. The taste is sweet and mellow and very refreshing. Hopps are ovewhelmingy present with a hingt of citrus. Aging really brings out the pow in this beer while mellowing the flavors. Either my palate has changed a lot since the last time i had winter yule or this beer has changed a lot. Yulesmith gets my 3Y rating Yum Yum Yum.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Malty, dry, hoppy, pine aroma and taste. Medium to full body with a dry finish. Plesant.
Ungstrup (34315) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
An amber beer with a light brown head. The aroamis sweet with a dusty hop note, while the flavor is sweet malty with a thick note of caramel, the alcohol is more felt, than tasted.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks again to SecretSanta06 for yet another unrated top 50. Awesome.
Served in a wine glass. Dark red color, off white head. The aroma is dominated by C-hops, but reinforced by a strong malt backbone.
Drinking this is similar to smelling it. The hops tend to get slightly acidic and over the top. But again the malt comes to the rescue. The ending is realy whats lacking. Too dry with the combination of the hops adds to cottonmouth. Iím a huge fan of this style, not sure on this one.
muzzlehatch (4756) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle (Roziís Wine and Liquor House, Lakewood OH October 2006) served at cellar temperature from a Corsendonk glass. Big puffy light cream-colored head dies slowly atop the luminous, hazy and yeast-flecked dark gold-amber body.....pretty big PNW hop aroma, lots of typical citrus and pine but also nice hints of maraschino cherries, light creamy caramel, vanilla and lavender, fairly complex and quite enticing.....on the tongue, my first thought is "barley wine", this is quite hoppy but the malt balance is there and itís immediately warming and a bit sherry-like (though fresh) with a slightly oily, juicy mouthfeel and rough fresh hops increasing continuously to the long bitter finish....burnt almonds and light pepper also show up, giving this yuletide confection a lovely complexity, a slightly different mood with every sip, almost....tingly carbonation might be a little on the high side but I can find very little to complain about this, and Iím plenty pleased as many W coast hop bombs havenít been doing it for me lately. This does, in spades, and is the equal of any Alesmith bottle Iíve had yet. Awesome.