JohnnyJ (4041) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2006 bottle. Pours a dark brown with tan head. Nice aroma of fruit, spices, nutmeg, even a little roasted coffee note. Flavors of various spices, roasted coffee, nutmeg, and some licorice and earthy notes.
haddon90 (1374) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had the 2006 version on draft at Peteís Brass Rail and Car Wash in Danville, CA. Pours a deep black color with a thin tan head. Spices spring from the aroma. Pine cones, roasted caramel, and nutmeg. Nice flavor, with figs, pine cones, and various spices. Always an enjoyable beer to have over the holidays!
jaghouse (28) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - NOV 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A lightly bittered ale with a very prominent nutmeg spice. Definately has alot of character.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 2008 version: Seems to drink like the 07. this version is noticeably creamy. 2007-90pts or 4- Pours almost black w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Superb hang tine and good lace work. Aromas of perfume and roasted nut shells. Full nectar w/ little carbonation producing a very oily texture. Bold flavors of perfumed bubblegum black fruit, licorice, clove spice, ginger, vanilla, tar, pine resin, and roasted coffee bean. A mild roast component. The finish lingers forever w/ abundant fruit and spice. This brew is very rich and generous. ...............
-2006-score 3.4/- Pours midnight mahogany w/ a medium sized semi creamy froth. Aromas of spiced coffee xmas tree. Full nectar w/ mellow residual effers. Flavors of spiced, bitter sap and roasted caramel malts. Trace elements of ginger, anise, roasted coffee bean and leather arise w/ black cherry, brown sugar, pine, and vanilla bean. The finish is long w/ an almost milky feel. Nicely bittered. Overall: A complex brew indeed. Nice roast but you really have to dig for the complexities. The flavors seem to be muted. A bit perfumey. 12-6-2007 Just revisited a bottle aged in my room temp cellar. It has become very earthy with driftwood and musty tobacco. It has grown thin and bitter in itís age losing itís desirability.The perfume is still intact and is the only glimmer of what it once was. It doesnít appear to age well, at least at 75F.
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle, 2006. Pours Bombay mahogany color with a healthy head. Very spicy aroma that is mostly allspice. Lightly malty with a big spicy punch to the chops. I noted pepper, nutmeg and licorice hints. Semi-dry body. This was just too much for me. I thought the spice level was over the top and created an overly bitter beer. Nor did I really care for the spice components. Oh wellÖ.
sersdf (1013) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
really dark. cinnamon/potpourri aroma. some coriander, some mint. pretty crazy/complex aroma. definitely a christmas-type beer. most flavor front end. kinda bimodal flavor. way too soapy. like potpourri. no alcohol. got worse as time went by.
Tranquillity (1386) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet and sour aroma with a malty character. A bit akward. Dark red (as dark as it gets actually) with a small beige head. Very fluffy =) and foamy. Tastes more like a typical belgian dubbel, not like a christmas beer. Very drinkable.
islay (857) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
2006 bottle. Spicy but weak aroma. I detect ginger with a hint of cinnamon and cloves. Smells much like a watered-down dunkelweizen. The beer pours a deep, opaque dark brown with a tall and thick tan head. The spices, which seem to include those present in the aroma as well as pepper, are surprisingly subdued in the flavor. Tastes like a hoppy old ale with a spice mix shaken on top. The aftertaste is off. It is overly bitter and dirt-like. I canít tell if this taste comes from the hops or the spices (I lean toward the latter), but either way it isnít good. I have chosen to punish the palate, rather than the flavor, for this offense. Otherwise, this soft, medium-bodied beer is quite pleasing to the palate. Overall, the beer looks great, and the smell and the primary taste are good although understated. The unpleasant aftertaste, however, significantly mars what otherwise would be a fine brew, and that is quite disappointing.
JK (4230) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2006. This still has malt, fruit, and spices but is thinner and lighter than older aged vintages. Brown beer and no sediment; probably filtered. Malt and fruit aroma with medium sweetness. Flavor has more malt and spices, including cloves and pine.
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. 2006 vintage. Deep mahogany with huge head. Sweet and rich aroma, some hops. Taste is malty with notes of cocoa. My biggest problem is the palate, which borders to thin. Slightly disappointed.