maeib (8579) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. A very dark brown coloured beer with a fast dissipating off-white head and a goodly amount of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is heavily spiced with ginger. nutmeg and cinnamon together with some licquorice root notes and a ton of sugar. The taste shares these smells but it’s really over-sweet and over heavy on some of these spices, especially the ginger. I really expected to love and relish this but it fell really short of my expectations and I ended up happy it ended.
RSRIZZO (1850) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2007
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Had this beer on 11/20/2004. Aroma is roasted and sweet. Color is a deep dark amber with a tight thin head. Taste bright and clean with a mild roasted flavor. Starting with light/medium body it goes down crisp and light. The finish comes on with a mild roasted flavor backed by a smooth bitterness that leaves you with a clean feel. I like this beer, its crisp, clean and easy drinking, but its not what a good winter brew should be. Overall its just not rich and bold enough for a winter brew. Looking back it seems this is the mildest they have made it and it also likes like 2002 was the best so far.
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2005
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2005 big beige head on a mahogany body. Aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, etc. This is cool! Ive never had anything like this before. Said spices are evident in the flavor. Has a slight bitterness to it with a coffee finish. Hey this is kinda cool and everything, but the spices kinda started to piss me off. Oh well.
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 20, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
tasted vs the 03 and 05. worst of the bunch. predominantly cinammon nose, but flavor is disappointingly thin and unexciting.
zizzybalubba (1380) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2010 Magnum shared at Logan’s 2009 pre-GABF Party (2004 version as listed here). Light brown pour with a tan head. Aromas of nutmeg, brown sugar, and, surprisingly, alcohol. Slightly sour flavor with still cinnamon and nutmeg. If that doesn’t sound very good to you it’s because it isn’t. Thin bodied. I remember really liking some of the OSA’s when they were newly released but I just don’t think this has held up well.
thirdeye11 (5484) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(12oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye) medium ruby brown with very little head. Nose of sweet grain, tons of allspice, wafers and vanilla. Taste of unsweet chocolate cookies, bittersweet finish. The 2002 and 2003 we had the same day were both fairly good, but this one has not aged nearly as well.
tenghave (402) - Taastrup, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2007
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Øl fået til ølsmagning
Brun øl med lyst brunt skum.
Brændt i smagen. minder om en let porter/dunkel.
gws57 (1274) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2005
2.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Had this one bottled. Very, very dark red color, thin, browish head, very distinct nose that I couldn’t place. Flavor was _extremely_ alcoholic ... to the point that I thought someone had spiked mine with a shot of vodka, but all four I had were all the same. Like the nose, a very distinct note in the taste I could not place and was completely overpowered by the alcohol taste. I won’t buy this one again.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2005
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz. Bottle: Strong aroma of nutmeg, ginger, smoke, carmel, malts. Poured dark brown with a small tan head that lasted a while. Produced small lacing. Flavor was smokey, choclatey, and roasted, with hints of ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and malts. Light to medium bodies. Watery at first but became more viscous. A bit acidic. Too much spice for me; Tastes like it would make a good cookie.
BBB63 (5946) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2004
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Had at Joe’s party, wasn’t sure if I had the 2004 till now...so on with the rating: Brown hues with small lasting head and some lace. The nose is well still the spicy fruitcake esters of the past years, too much once again. I’m sorry, but I loved this beer many years ago and can’t stand the unbalanced nature it has seemed to become. There is some mocha and caramelized malts mostly hidden below the spices, but in the end it’s like someone shoved a spice rack followed by a pine tree down upon my palate. Yep, I dislike this version much like the 2002 (I wouldn’t even rate the 2003 version). The question is, did I change that much or is it really just the beer?