asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thanks to WeeHeavySD! Pours a dark amber color with a nice foamy off-white head on top that is not going anywhere. Aroma is definitely more balanced when comparing with the Summer YuleSmith. Definitely smelling more of a malt profile in this version. Sweet malt, fruit, toffee, cake, hops, and citrus are in the aroma. Flavor is sweet malts, fruit, caramel, and toffee up front. The malt profile is accompanied by a wonder hop profile full of citrus. This beer defines what a christmas tree smells like and what it might taste like! A wonderful seasonal winter beer. Absolutely delicious!
slabonator (29) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burnt Orange color with a soft fruity aroma. Spicy heat in the palate with some pineapple. Dry finish that fades quick.
Stine (1539) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber pours out to a hazy chestnut red that light barely penetrates. Aromas rise from my glass in well-defined stages: first, cinnamon and woods, followed by mandarin orange and bright citrus hoppiness, finished with rich caramel malt. Tastes of brown sugar cake and toffee, some leather and outdoorsy hops as it finishes. Rich and complex, intensely concetrated, and very amiable. Cheers!
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - JAN 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was really hoping for something exceptional, and this really wasnít, though it was good. It poured with a huge beige head and was quite coppery. To me it was too sweet and cloying and I certainly didnít get the hops as promised. Iíll skip this in the future. Thanks to Andrew Crawford for bringing this back from CA.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy amber. Smell of hops, malt, alcohol, pine, rye, caramel, toffee, spice and sugar. Taste the same but better. Also could taste some salt and just a slight hint of coffee??? Great beer! Thanks Brewblackhole
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade with hopdog. Thanks! Pours a dark amber color with average off-white head. Aroma is sweet of apricots, plums and caramel. Flavor is lightly citrus hops with lots of caramel and sweet fruits. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Quite refreshing... hides alcohol very well.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Marcus. Amber body with medium sized off-white head. The aroma is heavy caramel, some citrus and pine. The flavor is moderately sweet, toffee, caramel and resinous piney hops. Medium/full body with soft carbonation and a slightly astringent, bitter finish.
Darkover (1513) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber color with a big beige head. Aroma of piney hops and sweetness. Flavor is very bitter and hoppy with sweet malt in the background.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade with WeeHeavySD. Pours an amber color with a big fluffy off white head. Aroma of hops, pine and more hops. Taste is of caramel and bitter sweet hops. Has a strong grapefruit flavor that finishes very dry. Nice IIPA!
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JAN 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great beer. This is almost like red ale concentrate. There is so much beer flavor per sip that it is almost overwhelming, which is not a bad thing. Worth it.