npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2001
1.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
For 2001, apparently they’ve added a ton of anise or some such thing. Tastes like a big stick of black licorice. Completely nasty. I don’t know how I choked down the whole thing, or why (well, I did pay for it...). It’s been good in the past, but this year they shot it all to hell.
ravidesai (978) - Bombay, INDIA - NOV 17, 2001
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice holiday brew.
all sorts of intersting flavors mingle together- the label claims ginger is an ingredient but the prevalent spice tastes were of cloves and nutmeg with traces of vanilla and a sweet honey aftertaste.
This is beer to sip and enjoy after a meal.
would get a hugher score if the hop tastes did not fade so quickly.
billb (245) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2001
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
The brewer’s description is very accurate. I didn’t notice the ginger (this is the 2001 edition), but there was a spicy more like nutmeg aroma. The carbonation was a little excessive, but a few swirls in the glass (while I gathered the aroma) toned it down to my liking. There is a battle in the flavor between the hops and spices with the hops winning the battle in the finish. This beer is a little darker and offers deeper spices than something like Harpoon’s Winter Warmer which is a perky beer to me. I recommend it, although don’t expect anything mind blowing.
joet (2517) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 15, 2001
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Vintage 2001: The beer pours a liberal and elaborate aroma of mint, cola, and nutmeg. The taste starts light with hints of chocolate and more spice and quickly hints of heavy, burned and body-slamming bitter. The finish is light, dry and clean except for lingering high hop notes. This beer is unbalanced, and medicinally herbal.
tourette (225) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2001
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Damn!!! That is some good beer. One of the best. 2000 edition.
K-V-F-L (292) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - OCT 16, 2001
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Saltiness in the head is a forewarning. Chocolate, caraway seeds, beef bouillon, or gin, depending upon whom you ask. Juniper berries and bark complete the picture. I guess it reminds me of Christmas, but I had to drink this a long time before it grew on me.
gonzimodo99 (26) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2001
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the more interesting holiday ales. From the first taste, you think it is going to be overpowering in its spiciness, but it mellows down quickly and becomes quite drinkable. Holds up in storage surprisingly well.
Brent (116) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - SEP 10, 2001
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
2000 issue - dark and rich, almost stout-like, with a spicy hops and some other flavoring adjunct I could not identify. Hope 2001 is as good.
fraternie (988) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A thin dark ruby colored beer. Spicy aroma and malt, a bit of a pumpkin flavor, followed by a coffee/ porter-like aftertaste.
booyaatribe (450) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20