jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark almost opaque brown body. Light tan head. The aroma is typical of this beer, it always makes me think of Juicy Fruit gum. spicy nutmeg and some pine. Flavor is much like the aroma, with more sweetness. Medium-light almost thin body. These beers are almost exactly the same every year. Why do we have a separate entry for them all?
Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2004
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Beer #400 and first attempt at a real beer since my DR trip. Nice aroma of ginger and black licorice . Pours a dark red that’s somewhat transparent when held to the light. Nice tan head with fair retention. Pretty good lacing. Sweet up front with ginger, clove, pepper, smoke, and pine in the finish. Has a similar finish to the punkin ale by dogfish head, but not quite strong or as harsh. Smells great, but not impressed with the taste.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
35,5 cl bottle. Tasted during trip to California. Black colour with a nice beige but little head. Roasted aroma that contained hints of spice and chocolate. Oddly spice flavour with notes of darkchokolate that ends very dry nearly no bitterness, very low body. Little carbonation.
When visiting only 12 pack could be purchased hence I am now tasting the last of twelve poor christmasbeer.
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown beer with a small tan head. Very spicy aroma, almost like mince meat pie. I was really looking forward to this beer and had high hopes since the porter is one of my favorite U.S. brewed beers. The flavor just didnt agree with me, there seemed to be some heavy dark malts, which was ok but then odd flavors appeared that shouldn’t be in any beer.. green beans? stewed cabbage? medicinal herbs? Finish is dry with an odd vegetable bitterness. The flavors seemed to be mismatched and incompatible. I’ll keep a couple for trying again this Christmas, but somehow I don’t think it will be any better by then. We can hope.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 30, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. I wasn’t that impressed with this one either. Lots of spices, too many for me. Other than that, this seemed to be a run of the mill beer.
fiulijn (18725) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown color; thin creamy head. Aroma of caramel, spices, molasses, light roasted malt. Too dry taste, with loads of bitter caramel; some phenol, nuts and roasted nuts. Quite weak structure. Strong final. Too raw!
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark reddish brown. Aroma and flavor match well with a nutty taste followed by nutmeg and spices. Flavor is so nutty it seems like I’m sucking on a walnut shell.
Headbanger (3803) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I’ve also had it cellared for a year and was disappointed compared to the other vintages. Good head but was very light tasting compared to other years.
maeib (8749) - 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 (1940) - 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.