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.
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this on draft at Pizza Port San Clemente. A very different and seasonal tasting brew. Nose strongly of cider spices and bubble gum, mouth of bubble gum, fruit, and cinnamon. I wouldnít want this all year round, but itís just right for Christmas :-) Pour was dark brown.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Embedded star anise tries to rise above the rooty cola reminiscence. Roasted malts play a second-tier role, but with the prevalent sweetness creates stout-like passages. Sturdy conifer needles point their way once in a while.
Prominent earthiness, tree root and bark surround themselves with roasted molasses and a plethora of blackberries and mushy blueberries.Their union is balanced in an ample but easy to digest body. Negligible dryness and bitterness appear in the finale; this is unique stuff as always.
Nicely laid out ornaments do enliven the atmosphere.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. dark mahogany with a small tan head, No lacing. Rich nose is laden with the smells of spice cake, raisons, cinnamon and coffee.Tastes of raisons, brown sugar, mince pie and burnt caramel. Nicely done.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle. Dark brown color with a small tan head. Sweet, spiced aroma of nutmeg, molasses and pine. Flavor of sweet malts, brown sugar, pine needles and nutmeg. I look forward to this beer every year.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - DEC 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Always a winner. Light coffee, cream and spice aroma. Lots of toffee, coffee, chocolate and spice in the flavor. Really good stuff.
beerbill (3179) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a very deep ruby red with a thick, creamy tan head. Looks great in the glass. Heavy spice aroma which is terrific. Flavor is a combination of spices including nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and cloves. Also some roasted malt flavor comes through. A little heavily dominated by the nutmeg and cinammon for my taste, but otherwise a very nice winter ale.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2005 Dark brown color with ruby hints. Initially large fluffy brown head. Fades fast. Malty "beer" molasses and spices. Dry sugar and spice flavor. Cardamom coffee.