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 (3422) - 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.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby with a small head from the bottle. I could not place what I now read as the spice/herb/vegetable. I’m still not sure of what that is. A little dry but it grows on you.
BradF (1) - USA - DEC 7, 2005 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red color with tan head. Smells of nutmeng with hints of spruce. Roasted bitter malt flavors complimented nutmeg/spices with hints of molasses. Bitter dry finish.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12z bottle. Dark, deep brown with an opaque body. Nice tan head. Cinnamon, clove, spice and pine in the nose. Mint, chocolate and vanilla. Smells fantastic. Full bodied and bitter. Great dark roast in the malts. Bittersweet chocolate and a resinous piney flavor. A nice minty note as well. Syrupy and smooth.
Juelze (1138) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dadrk brown with tan color head. Smells is nutmeg, allspice, toffee, and a tiny touch of cocoa. Taste is anise, nutmeg, citrus, a bit of roast. Lightly carbonated. A pretty good beer for the style. The spices are used quite well unlike Lakefront’s Holiday brew which is spice overload.
Pailhead (4842) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Aroma has lots of nutmeg with a hint of molasses. Pours a dark brown with a hint of transparency when held to the light. Moderate tan head that lasts a minute or so. Flavor of molasses, brown sugar, and nutmeg. Finishes with a quick sugarty sweetness that fades quickly. Light bitterness in the finish. Much better than lasts years version.