DrnkMcDermott (2776) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 Sample taste at <a href=http://www.chibeer.org>Chicago Beer Society vertical tasting, Dec. 1. Another beer with a nice fruity smell A bit of alcohol volatility, and this oneís a bit light on the Christmas spices. Some of the other tasters remark on a tobacco smell.
AndySnow (2806) - 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 (5204) - 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 Paulís 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 Paulís 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 (5480) - 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 (1562) - 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 itís ugly head).
bu11zeye (11933) - 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 (3748) - 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
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2002 bottle. Poured clear, rich brown with amber accents.. spotty cap of dark tan head. The aroma picked up molasses, treacle, and dark honey sweetness with cinnamon and nutmeg accents.. slick, dry, almost vinous impression on the back. The flavor found honey and molasses primarily at the core, with intermittent graham cracker notes.. dry cinnamon, nutmeg, and lesser clove around.. sharper degraded malt, oak, and dried spices on the finish. Light-medium bodied with a slick feel on the palate and low carbonation.. a bit sharp at times, but a decent feel beyond that.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Anchor Brewing Company Our Special Ale--2002 12 oz. Bottle. 5.35% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear dark bronze black red color. Mild lacy tan head. Nutmeg malt spice toasted floral hop front. Sweet burnt piney spicy rich dry cherry caramel body. Cloying sweet spicy roasted nutmeg mild hop end. Sampled 1/12/2003.