bsjay (54) - Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
You’d have to be a real grinch to get angry at their special ale. It’s a gift, don’t be ungrateful.
bhensonb (9825) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Liquid Solutions. Pours extremely dark with a small beige head. Aroma of sweet xmas spice. Very mellow. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor seems a bit evergreen, with lots of mouth coating stuff. Nuts. Maybe chocolate. Pretty malty, but something like juniper cuts that right down. Lots of spice. Xmas type stuff. Finishes somewhere between sweet and dry. Maybe ending with a mild toffee note. Complex as all heck.
thedm (4849) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 29, 2009
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This bottled brew from a rating party poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized brown colored bubbles that were and left behind a opaque chocolate colored body. The aroma was brown malt chocolate and nutty. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of spices brown malt and herbal. A decent one but not one that I would consider buying again.
Sparky (2132) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 bottle courtesy of my Secret Santa. Pours murky brown with almost zero head. The nose is spice, tobacco but not as much as the 2000, and malt. The taste is dark fruits, spice, light chocolate and tobacco. Medium flat mouthfeel. I really dig these beers with some age on them. Thanks Wayne!
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Liquid Solutions. Thanks for hooking this one up Matt! Pours a deep, cloudy rusty amber color with a 2 finger beige head that left some spotty lacing. Nose was quite deep and complex, reminds me of a milder version of Sam Adams Triple Bock. Nose has that kind of BBQ, Worcestershire action to it. Flavor was very rich and really coated the tongue. A little different than I expected, then again, I never really expected to try this brew.....
smcolw (426) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is complex. My immediate thought is spruce, lots of pine. There is also a sweetness--caramel or melted sugar. I also detect some nutty smells, mostly macadamia.
Deep brown, too dark to shine light through a regular pint glass. Beige head that dies quick but leaves a thin layer of tiny bubbles and dramatic lace.
Very rich beer that offers multiple malt flavors--roasted nuts, slight chocolate, sweet crystal, a touch of black patent. Very low hop, but it doesn’t need it since the flavor is already so robust. Highly carbonated, but subtle because of the oily nature of the liquid. The post-swallow flavors are chewy, dark and dessert-like.
This is a beer to have by the fire with great friends and great conversation.
SudsMcDuff (5322) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
had from a donated 1.5L .. . I like the smell, not overly piney, some spruce .. . has done very well for a 5 year lay down .. could have gone longer .. cool stuff .. .
jkwalking05 (3050) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to BMan1113VR. Brown in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is of toast, leather, pine, and roasted malts. Taste is of pine, a little bit of raostiness, and lots of spices.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Like taking a walk in a Christmas tree lot. Slight rum cake and spiced cookie notes in the nose with toasted caramel and marshmallow characters. Nice and clean finish.
travita (3476) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bman1113vr. The smell is spruce, malts, paper, and spiced. The look is clearish in a dark brown in color with almost no head. The taste is malty, spiced, spruce, and slighty oxidized.