dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2006
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 version. Brown head , orange body. Very tasty, good for a new year beer. Worth the try.
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz 2006 bottle. I dont normally like spicey winter warmers, but this one has a little more to it. A solid offering from a innovative brewery.
sfontain (846) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 1/1/2008: 12 oz. bottle. Our Special Ale 2007. Dark brown pour; very minimal head that dissipates into a tiny ring. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, and spices including cloves and nutmeg. Flavor of brown sugar, spices, caramel; very light roast. Medium-bodied with very little carbonation after half an hour. Better than 2006 if I recall, but nowhere near the 2003 version.
7/4/7/3/15 = 3.6
12/29/2006: 12 oz. bottle, Our Special Ale 2006. Firstly, I canít believe I somehow missed the 2005 offering. Secondly, why the hell are the latest years lumped together into one beer? Pour is very dark brown with a hint of garnet when held to a light; the pour gives a short-lived, creamy, tan head that dissipates into a medium-sized ring around the top of the beer; a small amount of head can be revived by swirling. Aroma is spicy with cinnamon, cloves, licorice, bubble gum, and caramel. Flavor is worse than the 2004 beer, which was worse than the 2003 beer (why is this beer getting worse every year?); surprisingly nondeScript and fairly sour; cinnamon, cloves, malt, and rotting vegetables (nice); more hops than previous years if I recall correctly. I canít get over the sourness of this or the lack of the complexity we saw in previously years. Palate is smooth if a little light. I rate this beer perhaps more seriously than I rate any other beer because it was mindblowing in í03; this isnít a bad beer, but itís by far the least outstanding Our Special Ale Iíve had to date. I will be cellaring about 4 of these, and Iíll give it another try next year.
jezmez68 (404) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Just okay. I wanted to note that ratebeer totally pussed out by not including a separate 2005 and 2006 version of this beer, but merely has 2005 and later. Way to mail it in, ratebeer. If itís a different beer every year, we should honor it, even if it is only half-assed. Enjoy.
stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2006
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2007 Black. Lightly spiced, a bit more spice would have added to the beer a lot. Only an Ok beer.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Beveridge Place Pub. Pours a hazy dark copper with a lasting yellow head. Sweet taste with a dry finish, with lots of spice along the way, which almost makes it taste like a pumpkin beer.
swanmann (672) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 12oz bottle poured like molasses with an orange tinted tan head. Moderate retention. Definite soy aroma, heavily roasted. Flavor is heavily roasted malts, smokey, no real bitters to speak of, but very mild sweet finish. Full, mellow palate.
Panzuriel (1508) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown beer with a full tan foam. Nose is of spices and maybe a hint of evergreen. Taste is more spice and evergreen and a bit of coffee as well. body is full. Finish is dry and warming.
Ingevara (863) - SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006. Tempting magnum bottle, promising fragrance, high long lasting head. Fullbodied maltiness, balanced bitterness, a little smoke but not dominant. Full of spicies and not too much sugar or alcohol. STurde companion to any christmas meal.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - DEC 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006. Very dark brown pour with ruby highlights and a half-inch tan head. Malty aroma with some dark spices. Flavor is nice and rich: roasted malt, sweet with a ginger bite. Nice full mouthfeel. Very nice, spicy little Christmas ale.