Brewmaster (168) - USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Unique and creative brew, compared to others I have sampled. Enjoyable at first - but definatly an “occasion beer”. Aroma and flavor of pine, gingerbread and other spices as others have mentioned.
Has Christmas written all over it. Too much for my tastes – and a LITTLE more tolerable when ice cold. Aroma and Flavor is great at first - but gets almost sickly, however I can manage to get through an entire glass.
Sarlacc83 (703) - Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle shared by Douglas. Thanks! Rating 700.
A: Dark mahogany, very thin head, and lacing.
N: Peppercorn and cardboard. Rust and toffee. Red pepper and cedarboards. Uhh...
T: Spicy and sweet. Breaking down, but not totally there, yet.
M: A touch watery. Lighter body, very little carbonation.
O: I like having these because I like being reminded these aren’t supposed to go for that long. (Can’t wait for the ’96.)
douglas88 (5903) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 2002 vintage. Pours a very dark mahogany color with a medium beige head. A fruity nose, oxidation, tobacco, some spices. The flavor is mild oxidation, big caramel, toast, light spices, big tobacco, some leather. Had mellowed away from spice and hops to a more subtle rounder ale. Very good actually. Certainly cardboard, but the oxidation is pretty nice to my taste. I’ve had older OSAs that I didn’t like, this is quite good. 12 years old. Drank in 2014.
AndySnow (3074) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Where: Shared at home.
Appearance: Deep amber colour with a small beige head.
Aroma: Hops, spices, dried fruit, raisin.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Hops, malt, spices, caramel.
jredmond (5298) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle vintages 2000-2006 shared at Paul’s Dec 3rd tasting. The 2000 and 2001 were by far the best - very interesting how this beer has aged especially considering the low alcohol to begin with. Aroma of prune, fig, raisins, bitter coffee and molasses. Mouthfeel is thin, but not too watery with notes of dark fruits, brown sugar, molasses and some spices.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Andy at Paul’s tasting. Pours a clear ruby tinged brown with a thin white head. Soft old spices with a bit of nutmeg coming through over old plum and prune notes. Medium bodied, sweet malt, toast. Roast and toast, a bit of bitter roast. Spices on the finish and coffee bitterness.
thirdeye11 (5536) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye) very dark brown, cloudy pour, ruby hints and a ring of dark tan bubbles. Nose of a bit of olive, soy, chocolate, spices, and mild oxidation. Taste of chocolate, vanilla, heavily spiced, a bit bitter, some soy. Has aged quite nicely.
Dixonian (1561) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye.
Dark reddish brown brew with a good amount of tan head. Aroma has less spices than the 2003 with some spruce and roast. Flavors of roasted malt, spruce/pine, and some cardboard (oxidation rears it’s ugly head).
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12oz bottle, 2002 vintage, courtesy of Lumpy) Pours a dark mahogany body with a spare tan head. Aroma of soy, cola, caramel, cocoa, and light roastiness. Flavor of soy, roasted malt, pine, raisins, chocolate, and grass.
Cavie (3785) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy bu11zeye. Pours a slightly dark brownish red to orange highlights in the light. Small bubbly head. Aroma is quite spicy. Lots of sharp nutmeg and dry notes. Flavor is a mix of spice and cardboard. Dry bitter flavor that has some cooking herbs near the finish. Probably oxidized.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Magnum; thanks Tom!! Side by side with a bottle of 1999; pours clear dark brown with foamy dark tan head; spruce, raw spice, dry hops and brown sugar; full bodied and much more complex and full compared to the 1999 bottle; creamy mouthfeel with chocolate, spruce and yummy mix of dry spices and chocolate; delicious