maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2011 Bottled. A black beer with a lovely long-lasting beige coloured head and a touch of lacing. The aroma is spicy with lots of cinnamon. Sugary, a little waring and certainly Christmassy. The taste is also pleasantly spicy. A little thin in the mouth and not as spicy as the 2004. Almost restrained flavours. Drinkable but not particularly special. Score 3.6
Subsequent rating scored 3.7. Score unchanged
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown in colour with a rich creamy head. Malty and sweet with notes of caramel, dark fruit and brown sugar.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Creamy mocha-colored head with a rusty-brown body. Aroma of nutmeg, toffee, cinnamon, clove, light anise, and fruitcake. Full flavor is like fresh malt syrup with notes of plums, chocolate, molasses, and toffee. Medium sweet with nicely integrated, lightly pungent spices. Medium body and a very pleasant aftertaste. This has matured nicely so far. Good call, Scott.
tennisjoel (1185) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish purple hue. Enticing aroma...bubblegum, nutmeg, cinnamon. Light brown head. Flavor is chocolate, fig, licorice, roasted malt. Not much for hops here, but this is still enjoyable. Complex flavors, very well done. I am intrigued to try the previous years versions.
rederic (3156) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy deep brown hue, with a small tan-colored head, with a spicy nose of licorice, anise, nutmeg, cinnamon, malty chocolate accent, pine niddles note, hint of brown sugar in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a winey chocolatey malt character, with some licorice, anise, nutmeg spiciness, dark chocolate note, with some dark dried fruit accents, leading towards a mild chocolatey roasted malt, faint bitterness finish.
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 7, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Bottle at plain Kitchen] Aroma of fresh berry fruit and spices, nutmeg. Full body, dry, leaves spiceyness on the tongue.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5168) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 This beer has a longstanding history with me and I always try to get some when it comes out - though generally I find that it gets better with age. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark ruby-mahogany color with a huge frothing rich brown head. Absolutely gorgeous. The aroma is sweet toasty malts with a moderate molasses element. The flavor is very malty with elements of molasses, pine and spruce. The spruce element can be a bit overwhelming.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
via trade with IrishBoy - Pours a dark brown color with a good size tan head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is very spicey - nutmeg. The flavor is mellow compared to the aroma. Flavor is mainly nutmeg with some dark roasted malt to back it. Has a thin palate with a slight lingering aftertaste. Light to medium body. Thanks Richard.
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2006 Bottle. Deep molasses color. Limited, sudsy foam. Aromatic nutmeg scent on first inhale - presumably conjuring thoughts of egg nog. Malty flavour with hints of cinnamon in taste. Rich, even finish and tingling, numbness to the throat and nostrils. Happy Holidays, indeed.
thomat (2222) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color with a medium tan head. Combines maltiness with spices and nuts. Very complex beer with a medium / full body and some bitterness.