asheft (2372) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark red-brown with a yellowy tan thin cover and lacing. Cardboard and juniper, blueberry, coffee, grape jelly, liquorice aroma. Flavour: black liquorice, molassesy gingerbread and a light bitterness. The nice gingerbread flavour lingers pleasantly. Medium body, considerable carbonation, gentle quinine bitterness. This is really good.
BrewDad (4493) - Olympia, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice dark brown color with an aroma that just wafs a malts nose that was heavnly. Loved the malt flavrs and the hint of hops where just enough for me. Had a great overall warm flavor that was true to this type of seasonal beer.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1.5L magnum that I picked up to take to my wifeís holiday party. Pours dark brown with some ruby highlights and a beautiful belgian-like tan head. Aroma is cinnamon, chocolate, caramel, orange and a bit of pine. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and pine. Palate is smooth and creamy with a nice airy mouthfeel. I of course shared this bottle with a friend but it is so drinkable I could have taken it down myself I think. Wonderful wonderful beer!
Habanero (1873) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2005 Bottle: Pours mahogany with a light tan and lasting fizzy head.
Aroma is cherry, cinnamon, chocolate, and vanillal.
The flavour is spicy of nutmeg, clove and cinnamon. Sweet with molasses and caramel. Some fruitiness with oranges and lemon. Roasted coffee and light chocolate in the taste with notes of pine and liquorice. It is medium bodied and smooth in palate. The finish is medium lasting and sweet/ bitter.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of pine, orange, licorice, and nutmeg. Flavor of nutmeg, cocoa, roasted malt, and molasses.
sethdude (674) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2006 Highly decent. Pours a pitch brown, medium tan head. Aroma is cherry, cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla, and butterscotch (not an infection, I hope). Flavor is cherry, lemon, cinnamon, toffee, and roasted coffee. That butterscotch doesnít really show up, so I guess itís not an infection. Mouthfeel is average. Nice. On second tasting, Iím getting some licorice in there as well.
southgadawg (6) - USA - DEC 10, 2005 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This comes across like a Holiday beer should, spicy yet drinkable. Pours a great dark brown, ruby color. Nice cream color head. Will definately follow up with next years offering.
Britales (56) - Cape Charles, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I always look forward to this beer due to the changes from year to year! This issue is one of the better ones IMHO! Nice balance but the clove, evergreen, nuttiness and coffee undertones are most identifiable! Will need more of this one! Merry Christmas!!
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a barely transparent dark brown with a thin, lightly-lacing tan head. Toasty spiced sugar cookie and ginger snap aroma has some citrusy hops. First taste is of Vienna malt and earthy spices with a thinner, hoppier finish. Not as good as the 2004 I just tried, but maybe give it a year. Thanks Jason for the bottle!
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from bottle. OSA 2005 pours dark ruby with a sudsy light tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is dominated by nutmeg and orange liquer. Flavor is well-balanced with rich malts: caramel, toasted, chocolate and faint hint of rye or smoked malts (maybe). Honeysuckle and nutmeg are also at the forefront. Remarkably clean finish for this higher gravity beer. Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Warming for a crisp Winter night. OSA is always a welcome treat.