Ughsmash (6973) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured a beautiful clear, deep garnet with a 1" initial beige head (didn’t stick around for too long). Nose of mulled spices (clove, anise, ginger, nutmeg, and others), roasted caramel, and brown sugar... very Christmasy (or holiday-ey for some of youse guys). Flavor followed suit, but a little shy on the roastiness and a little heavy on the spices. Solid amount of nutmeg, some cinnamon, earth, and anise on the finish. Enjoyed it.
hopdog (8455) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Poured a darker reddish-brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, light spices and pine. Tastes pretty much the same with roasted malts.
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2006 Dec 06 2006 Bottle. Darkly coloured. Much more obviously spiced prominent allspice with sprucey hops. To taste a thin ginger flavour is present similar to the taste I produced by overboiling root ginger in a beer. I didnt like this as much as last year - not as subtly drinkable. 3.2
Dec 05 2005 Bottle. Deep brown colour with tan head. Malty liquorice and brown sugar. Malt focused but not overdone. Delicately spiced to add subtle interest and rounds of the edges with slight piney hints. Simple and quite elegant
ElGaucho (2141) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at brewery. Strong nutmeg aroma. Smells like egg nog, without the egg. Dark, dark reddish black in color, almost opaque with an off-white head. Not much lace. Initially disappointing. Salty and nutmegg. Similar to egg nog, but not as good. Definitely tastes like a holiday beer, and does a good job in that regard, but not as good as previous vintages. A description from an article in Celebrator magazine indicated allspice notes; although I didn’t detect that initially, I wouldn’t disagree.
TBone (11753) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled (BB 09/2007)
Very dark brown, small tanned head. American hoppy, slightly roasted malty nose. Malty, hoppy, easy to drink, some roasted flavors and hints of spices. Good malt and hop profile, that is.
ZOSOMAN12020 (28) - Malta, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just bought this years’ to compare to a bottle left from 2002. The 2002 vintage aged very well and compared quite favorably to the 2005. Would definitely lay down this beer as it is one that shows true improvement with aging(unlike Sierra Celebration).
bugpilot (5) - Brisbane, California, USA - DEC 19, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells wonderful and has a dark cola-like appearance. Serve ice cold in a mug or glass for the full effect of this tasty ale! I was quite suprised by it’s mellow spices, and the finish was cool and inviting of another sip. Definatley a must try on a cold winters night!
wattsdog (17) - Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark beer with a big creamy head like a stout. Has a malty aroma with a hint of spices. Has a good smooth taste with a hint of holyday spices to it. overall a very good holyday beer.
bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - DEC 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap in san fran or in bottle in maryland. dark black with very small light brown head. light spiceing and a rich indertermineate malt. pretty good stuff.
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep reddish colour with a foamy light brown head. malty, light roasted aroma with a faint spicy note and hoppy pine touch. Sweet malty flavor with notes of chocolate, some dark fruit and a dry light spicy finish.