Tranquillity (1433) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet and sour aroma with a malty character. A bit akward. Dark red (as dark as it gets actually) with a small beige head. Very fluffy =) and foamy. Tastes more like a typical belgian dubbel, not like a christmas beer. Very drinkable.
islay (1364) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
2006 bottle. Spicy but weak aroma. I detect ginger with a hint of cinnamon and cloves. Smells much like a watered-down dunkelweizen. The beer pours a deep, opaque dark brown with a tall and thick tan head. The spices, which seem to include those present in the aroma as well as pepper, are surprisingly subdued in the flavor. Tastes like a hoppy old ale with a spice mix shaken on top. The aftertaste is off. It is overly bitter and dirt-like. I can’t tell if this taste comes from the hops or the spices (I lean toward the latter), but either way it isn’t good. I have chosen to punish the palate, rather than the flavor, for this offense. Otherwise, this soft, medium-bodied beer is quite pleasing to the palate. Overall, the beer looks great, and the smell and the primary taste are good although understated. The unpleasant aftertaste, however, significantly mars what otherwise would be a fine brew, and that is quite disappointing.
JK (4813) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2006. This still has malt, fruit, and spices but is thinner and lighter than older aged vintages. Brown beer and no sediment; probably filtered. Malt and fruit aroma with medium sweetness. Flavor has more malt and spices, including cloves and pine.
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. 2006 vintage. Deep mahogany with huge head. Sweet and rich aroma, some hops. Taste is malty with notes of cocoa. My biggest problem is the palate, which borders to thin. Slightly disappointed.
Radek Kliber (6573) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours as deep ruby red ale with reddish-copper fine top.
Aroma very Christmas like, ginger, nutmeg, light hint of vanilla and perhaps juniper?
Medium bodied, smooth soft texture. Above mentioned aroma blended with brown sugar and cookie dough. Late chewy finish with green and herbal hop charcter.There is a lot of ingredients here. Christmas beer indeed. Highly recommended for that night, celebrate with pleasure.
Beer4000 (4838) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Nice dark red, almost black body with a thick light brown head. Aroma is slightly roasted and spicy. Very pleasant flavor, a medium body porter with a well balanced spice mix of cloves, ginger and fruit. Almost a bit cookie flavor. This gives me a nice Christmas feeling.
EithCubes (5157) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Spicy aroma with cherry, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, orange peel, light molasses, and unidentified herb. Really smells of the holiday season! Great brownish-bloodwine-colored body with a light brown head. Bitter and slightly sour taste. Light chocolate and cherry, spices listed above are restrained to the point of near-elimination. Extremely earthy notes, very dark feel on the whole. Heavy, full body with spice texture, otherwise silky cream. Aftertaste is very dry and bitter, of the earthy and woody variety. Earthy hops are light. Very unusual ... me likes, but me doesn’t love.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2007 2006 Bottle. Poured a cloudy deep burgundy, with a medium, long lasting head. Aroma of orange peel, cinnamon, sweet fruits. Taste of sweet caramel malts, raisins, finish of hops. Thick and mildly sticky texture. A very good christmas-time beer.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - NOV 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2006 version. Strong malty and yeasty aroma. Hay and wet wool, earthy and natural. Good strong dark color with thick dissipating tan head. Good carbonation. Balanced towards a bitter and dryish finish but well balanced and smooth. Slight spiciness. Creamy mouthfeel that drys out. Slight coffee aftertaste. Very good and drinkable.
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006. smooth, dark, tight carbonation. just the way I like it. This ale turns me on. tan head dissipates fairly quickly. ga ga ga ginger. i love my Ginny gin ginger. Cloves. I love my clovey clove cloves. The smell, no it’s not exactly williams-sonoma, because it is fresh pine tree. It is winter solstace. Just feel the beer. literaly, touch it, play with it. Caress it. Gently though. It is a fine ale to be indulged this time of year. So go ahead...Indulge!