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 (11) - 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 (5174) - 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.
frankenkitty (1984) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A lucious, deep, dark mahogany/red with a rocky tan head. I swear to god this smells like a Christmas tree! A ton of initial pine that settles with cinnamon, prune, plum, chocolate, beef broth and gingerbread/anise cookies... awesome! (I sadly ran across some turpentine notes, otherwise a 10 for aroma.) Flavor is solidly prunish with malts in abundance, but rather one-dimensional after such diverse aromas. A touch of lemony citrus and alcohol to finish. Full-bodied with a dry texture, this beer is currently the definitive Christmas offering in my book this year.
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antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown with a bit of amber tint and a thick off white head. The aroma is spicy... caramel malts, nutmeg. The taste is excellent. A bit of chocolate malt, a little clove and cinnamon. A good bit of carbonation, with a medium to heavy mouthfeel. Looking forward to cellering a couple of these to see how they are next year.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really liked this. Warm, fuzzy, fruity and spices. Good smooth brew, not overly spiced.
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draft) Pretty damn good. Higly malty, with a touch of coffee. No chocolate or licorice at all, but still a good beer.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2006 Draught. Dark dark brown. Almost opaque. Tan head that laced the glass. Milk chocolate and maybe some clove aroma. Smells a bit like a chocolate shake. Chocolate and brown sugar flavors, but fairly dry. There is a hint of burnt wood that lingers. Very tasty and unusual.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this on draft at Hollingshead deli in Orange, Calif.
Pours very dark brown with a one finger head. the flavor reminded me of a very dry porter with a hint of spicie in the background. It finished very dry. It was good, but not ’special’.