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 (814) - 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 (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong flavor. Complex flavors. Can be overpowering if you have more than 1 or 2
SNIAT (120) - Passaic, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2001
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Used to be the high point of Christmas was opening presents, now it’s opening a bottle of this. Could not be better. Every year is treat. Should have brought those bottles I saw at the liquor store in June.
karl (158) - Glendale, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drew Blood (151) - Mt.Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2001
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big disappointment. I was looking for a big beer here. Found a big mess. Lots of malt no structure. A beer to try and impress IMHO
canary dog (655) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUN 14, 2001
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
What an unusual beer. Most either love it or loathe it. So I had to try one. I have to say, it was an acquired taste. But I acquired it. Hard to describe, but it had a tricky balance to it, the beer fools you. Mine was this past year’s. On the beginning note, you think the beer is going to wallop you with a sharp hop kick, but it gives it to you gently and gracefully on that second note. Remarkably smooth finish, considering where you have been. Has dark, spicy overtones. A good, if not unusual, brew.