ogivlado (7215) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled(500ml). -dark brown coloured, rich long-lasting head, hints of coffee and chocolate, sweet malty finish
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good malty aroma and pours with a decent amount of head. Flavor is sweet and well balanced with lightly bittering hops. This is very drinkable and goes down smooth. I also like the bottle.
jonas (6786) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 5, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2003 Re-Rate: Malt an licorice aroma.
Red oak, rocky head.
Some fruit noticeable on second sip.
A bit watery, but has a nice aftertaste.
Strykzone (6720) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours the color of dark tea with a lighter head. Aroma is absolutely malty. Mouthfeel is disappointingly thin. Just a hint of a zing but that fades quickly. Good beer, though. Flavor was also malt and that on the sweet side. Late in the glass some bitterness was evident. This was a smooth and easy drinking beer. Cool bottle and opening top were a nice touch, too.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite a stunning flip top bottle honestly and served in my NB worthy glass: A deep russet hue with a fading frothy off-white head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of caramel and nutty malts, some dark bread, a hint of dry apple and anise. The taste pretty much follows suit with sweet bready malt, a hint of fruity twang and some light-handed rye-like spice upon the finish. The mouth feel is soft and smooth, refreshing actually. A good bier and above average for the genre.
Braudog (6342) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Red with a candy aroma. Smoky, candied flavor, predominately caramel. Not bitter at all. Went well with my cigar.
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich brown with a small tan head. Strong malt and caramel laden aroma.Very pleasant. The taste is also strong chewy malt. More caramel, and perhaps a hint of brown sugar. Very faint hop character. It seems almost non-existent. The finish is sweetened malt and perhaps a hint of fruit. Surprisingly good beer, as I didn't have high expectations for this.
ClarkVV (5802) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had the old, blue labeled, "Jubel" version, bottle at Julios Spring Beer Fest, 4/2/05. Copper-reddish body, with some fiery reddish-orange hues and some light mahogany browns and a good sized, yellow beige head, slight retention. Aroma of sweet caramel and lightly sour yeast, with honey, herbs and light spices (cinnamon and anise). A profound earthy/grainy/breadiness as well. Malted wheat, sweet candied orange, thick, medium body, with not much wateriness. Earthiness on the finish, with plenty of dry breadiness and light alcohol warmth.
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Of course I bought it for the ceramic bottle with Santa on it...duh! And actually, the bottle is much more interesting than the beer contained within it - malty, fruity, bock-ish qualities, but although the flavor is good, it is a little on the thin side, as is the body and finish - some hops balance out the mixture of caramel sweetness - nothing to celebrate about, and the price is totally unjustified, even for the bottle without the beer.
jgb9348 (5681) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
2003 Vintage Santa Bottle:
Clear copper colour with a thick dense tan head. Aroma of metal (just like copper!), malt, grapes, brown sugar and a mild amount of cherries. Light-bodied; Sweet caramel flavours line the mouth and reveal some mild malt flavours with the bonus atrocity of metal. Aftertaste is very subtle...a bit of the sweetness and some faint nuttyness is noticed. Overall, fairly bad for the style, but a decent beer none-the-less, and a nice bottle to celebrate Christmas! I bought this painted swing-top bottle at Beers of the World in Rochester, New York and sampled it on 19-December-2003.