Stine (1525) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours to a nearly opaque shade of oaky brown. It arrives like the lightest roasted African coffee on the nose with bright citric tones, finished with cinnamon chocolate, ginger and allspice. Now, to argue my opinions on what spice flavors one can anticipate from this brew: dry cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic bread, fruitcake, and vegetal textures. Not as complex as the cacophany of flavors might imply, but reasonably interesting.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
The spicing rates have dropped tremendously since the last time I had OSA, which was about two years ago. The nose has a bit of spruce that comes to life as the beer warms. The palate is nice and dry with a moderate amount of pine. This is a style that I don’t think too much of.
dyetube (1181) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 edition. This beer pours an almost black deeeeeep amber color with a small tan head that dissapates very quickly. Right off the bat there is strongs notes of cinnamon and butmeg in this thing! What a smell! It drinks very smoothly and easily with some complexity in the flavor. I like this beer! it is great for a winter brew but wouldn’t want to drink this during the warm months. Cheers!
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - NOV 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
HUGE thanks to Santa for sending me this! Pours a very dark brown color. Aroma starts sweet, goes into a very fragrant perfume like spice kick. Kind of like one of those pine scented candles. Tasting this its sweet like cola, sweet and malty with a perfect balance in the spice and hops in the finish. Very nice, balanced brew. Suprisingly I’m guessing age has treated this one well.
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - NOV 28, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 bottle. Dark brown appearance, litte head. Aroma was sweet and spicy, flavor was pretty nice. You can taste the licorice, and was pretty malty. Overall I’d say it was decent, a good beer to try out.
JohnnyJ (4304) - 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 (1447) - 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 Pete’s 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 it’s age losing it’s desirability.The perfume is still intact and is the only glimmer of what it once was. It doesn’t appear to age well, at least at 75F.
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, 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 well….