sthlm (1276) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2012 [Bottle, thanks Guerde] Pours dark brown-amber with a thin beige head. Aroma is extremely spicy, with nutmeg strongest, but cinnamon also present. Taste is a little bitter up front, which is then followed by a strong bubblegum flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty good finish. Very unique beer that I couldnít drink a lot of, but that would be nice to have again around Christmas. Old rating: 8/3/7/3/16=3.7
Re-rate: [í10 Bottle] Mulling spices integrated beautifully (more nutmeg than cinnamon), barley shows through towards the end. Fuller mouthfeel than I remember, long finish. A really, really enjoyable beer.
[í05 Screwtop bottle at 7 years old] Much more muted taste and aroma, and a little muddled compared to the í04. The spices especially are subdued and more oxidation is present. Still has nice underlying vinous character. Slightly thinner and finish length is shorter. I still enjoyed this, but I had it pegged in the mid 3 range at best.
[í08 Bottle at 4 years old] This one is a bit of a disappointment, and the least impressive vintage I have had so far. Oxidation is really showing, and the spices are buried. Low 3ís to upper 2ís.
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, nice darl ruddy color with medium head, nice hops some molases and licorice flavor quite nice and very enjoyabe well balanced. Nice
BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2006 bottle that I picked up in January. Pours dark brown with a nice light brown head. Smells of deep dark malty goodness. Tastes malty as well with a hint of nutmeg or some such spices. Definitely has some roasted chocolate attributes. A bit light on the body. Very nice for a cold day in November!
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh 2007 bottle. Iíve been drinking this beer for years, but this is the first time Iíve got around to rating it. A more complete vertical awaits... Aroma of pumpkin spice, cinnamon and juniper. Pours rich, dark brown with cherrywood highlights. Nice, thick creamy khaki head. Cinnamon and nutmeg at first evolving into a more dark chocolate roasted malt finish. Finishes with some nice pine and juniper hops. Medium to full bodied. Another excellent offering.
oldstock23 (11) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 vintage. I have a magnum of 2005 I canít wait to open but thought Iíd try an 11 month old 12oz. Nose was not as spicey as I had expected. The chocolate had evolved a bit deeper than the initial level and still had faint hints of orange peel. After about three seconds I totally got the anise, nutmeg, and what I thought was ginger but is probably something else. Couldnít find any cinammon. Man do I love this beer.
jsquire (4117) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 vintage. Dark beer with deep mahogany tints when held against the light. The typical spicey nose with cinamon, clove and a lot of orange zest and toast. One finger foamy brown head that shrank to an attractive frothy ring. Dark toast, cinamon, clove, orange, coffee, some bitter chocolate, and a tartness that is a little berryish. Not as cohesive a spiced beer as some other vintages, but still a big, spicey holiday brew.
JorisPPattyn (9382) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 vintage, from a shelf in my cellar, generous donator unknown but thanked Huge, darker beige head, creamy, over fully dark-opaque, red-shot brown beer. Spicy nose; roasted grains or roasted (sweetish) multi-grains bread. Resins and rosemary, cloves, meatgravy aromas. Roasted taste as roasted coffee, breadcrust and walnutpeel. Flavours of clove or allspice and liquorice. Ends pretty dry - spicy/bitterish, near tartness. Restsugars all but gone. Rather well-bodied, neither slick nor chewy. Some discreet alcohol. Decent spicy winter ale, not too sweet, but not too special neither. Bit roasted-roasty...
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 8, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2008 2005 version from Utobeer in London. Pours dark brown with tight, light tan head which dissapaits slowly. Aromas of licorice, cinnamon, brown sugar, roasted malt, and dark fruit. After about 3 seconds, bursts with flavours of roasted malt, chocolate, spices, herbs, raisins, and bread. Dry almost chalky finish with astonishingly rich mouthfeel. This is a very unique brew indeed.
2008 version from Winooski. Pours super dark with nice white head. Aroma is predominantly roast with lots of sweet dark fruit notes, as well as a gamut of spices. Flavor is chocolate, deep malty roast, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. Sweet and expertly balanced. I look forward to this one every year- this yearís installment is no exception to the tradition of delicious, unique holiday oriented beers. A fire side sipper to be enjoyed with the best stouts and barleywines.
riversideAK (6103) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 version from Hollingshead Deli. Dark brown beer with a small velvetty tan head. This beer smells like nutmeg, fruit cake, and egg nog. Flavor is mostly bitter with some roast, some nutmeg, and some egg nog. Is this pretty much the porter with some spices thrown in?
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2006 version. Two 12oz bottles purchased at European Street Cafť. Clear dark brown beer with a light tan head. Aroma is nice and light with spices and rumcake. Full bodied beer. Flavor is good, with dark malt, spicy and nutty. A bit of chocolate and coffee appear, along with a tingly astringency from the hops. Lacks focus, the flavors go wildly in different directions. Bounces between nut brown ale, porter, stout, and spice/vegetable ale. Itís a decent brew and reasonably enjoyable to drink, but not spectacular enough to make you want to go back and buy more. Feels like an immature sibling to the Anchor Porter which I think is one of Americaís most classic and noteworthy beers.