scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
strong smell of nutmeg and cinnamon. very dark color. aftertaste of coffee which i don't particularly enjoy
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown body with hints of red. Aromas of vanilla, Novocaine, salve and Band-Aids with some malt thrown in. Tastes include hops and dry-malt. There is a heavy medicine-like flavor: a combination of Novocaine, salve and Band-Aids. The finish has some vanilla and tea with a tinge of black cherry towards the very end. I am not a fan of this beer, although I do like the label.
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma: Caramel, Sherry and Spice aromas dominate with faint cinnamon. No hop.
Appearance: Very dark brown, quickly disappearing head.
Flavor: Some roast in the finish. No hop. Sweet malt with a tinge of sourness in the finish. Light spicing-may have faded.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, carbonation adequate.
Overall: OK beer. Nothing really stands out. Maybe if I had it fresher?
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, 150cl. Dark, reddish colour with a light brown head. Spicy, sourish aroma. Nutty, spicy flavour.
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2004
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
A little out of balance, but an enjoyable occasional ale. It was a heavier and darker than I remember last year's being. The spice was masked by the burnt. It could have used more hop and body malt.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma: maybe some wax, burnt malts, soy sauce
Appearance: little lighter, same otherwise as 2002
Flavor: slight sweet grape flavor, some mossiness, really not a whole lot though
Palate: very smooth, slight malt aftertaste, lots of body
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma matches the taste perfectly. Grab one of those gummy coke bottle candies and suck on it; it's a cheaper version of the same thing. Overpoweringly sweet and soda-tasting, with some hints of other spices in there (mainly cinnimon and nutmeg).
dwyerpg (4528) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 25, 2003
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
A spicy aroma, cream-colored head. It tastes kinda watery until a rather strange finish. I'm not really a fan of this beer at all, but to be honest, I got it for free at the liquor store cuz some guy returned the whole case saying it was skunked. so, maybe it is.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 26, 2003
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This beer poured a dark red color with a thin off white head. The aroma reminded me of a pine tree … but a little more sweet. The taste reminded me of the same thing … a pine tree. Which is what I should expect from a Christmas ale I guess. There was also some Clove and Cinnamon in the flavor ... possilbly some other spices. Not a bad beer, but the taste was not to my personal liking.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 23, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Taste shows definite signs of oxidation with heavy cardboard and celery notes present. If this is how these hold up over time, I’m amazed people are cellaring them.