sebletitje (5991) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of our man Dave.
Pours dark brown with tan head.
Aroma of clove, cinnamon and other Christmas spices.
Taste, spices and molasses with light chocolate malts.
Some orange peel and caramel come top the whole exquisite taste.
Sad to see this rare bottle gone, but it sure did age well.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a dark brown caramel color with a thin white head. Aroma is malty and sweet with notes of caramel, honey, spice, pine, hints of toffee and cinnamon. Flavor is also malty and sweet with dark sugar, sweet plum, raisin and prune notes with a slight hint of fresh orange. Interesting. Some cinnamon and clove spiciness as well. Generally medium body with a sweet and malty finish. This bottle has also aged well.
markwise (4093) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours a cola brown with an off white head. Aroma is cinnamon, spice, plum, nutmeg, cloves, and all kinds of flavors that you need to experience. Flavor is similar with Christmas flavor- malty, warm, and spicy. Very good.
dchmela (2482) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Paiste2002 for this stellar bottle. Pours a blackish red with a thick tan head. Hug cinnamon, nutmeg and honey aroma, just intoxicating and makes you think of the holidays. Big cinnamon nutmeg malt body with a spicy bitterness, not as amazing as the aroma. Very fragrant and tasty, has held up very well and a great treat.
HogTownHarry (5908) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy and garthicus, via trade with irishboy. Deep ruby-brown with a lasting frothy off-white head. Aromas of nut oil, sweet roast, mint, herbs spice and molasses, somewhat dry. Tastes the same, very smooth, noticeably spicy and ’’Christmas’’y. Pleasantly silky mouthfeel, very well balanced between roastiness and spice - the was terrific stuff, hardly seemed 5 years old.
blankboy (5603) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (12oz) shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Wow, thanks for sharing this Harry! Pours a very deep ruby-brown with a small diminishing tan head. Aroma of rye, dark fruit, spices, chocolate and light hops. Very nice flavour of lightly roasted malt, rye, dark fruit, light spices and light hops.
Average bodied. Man, has this ever held up well -- great stuff!
MaltOMeal (1088) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
magnum bottle opened at Houston BA Tasting. Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head. Nose is of spice and roasty malt. Taste is the same roasty malt and spice, but also has some nuttiness to it. Mouthfeel is medium-to-thin.
rudolf (2304) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Richard (Irishboy) as a bonus. Thanks! Sampled 4/25/08. Very deep brown body, soft tan head with nice lacing. Nose is strangely reminiscent of Chartreuse. Its very strongly herbal and spicy, bright and almost salty. Very interesting - I’m sure it didn’t smell like this when it was released but I wish I had tried the 03 fresh so I could compare notes. Flavor is smoky, slightly vegetal and herbal. Not as spicy as the nose suggests but it does display that Chartreuse character. Caramel comes through in the end along with some pepperiness.
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 18, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I don’t know if it’s just me, but I have never been crazy about this lineup of beers. Spicy, but not as spicy as in other vintages, this had a more pronounced vegetal quality all the way through, which made it almost undrinkable. Kind of has a musty fruitcake like malt body, that finishes quite dry.
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from jsquire. Thanks, Jeff! Small tan head that mostly diminished, spotty amounts of lacing, opaque, no visible carbonation, and a dark brown hue. Nose was spicy, sweet, malty, and mildly hoppy. Ditto for the flavor with a dry finish. Smooth, dry mouthfeel and light in body. Quaffable, well balanced and worthy of a try.