T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2008 version had back in December. Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass a dark amber color. Aroma was sweet and spicy. Taste of cinnimon and nutmeg along with what seemed like citrus.
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I think someone misheard me when I ordered this beer and accidentally served me pine sol. Smells good...for a candle not a beer
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 20, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
tasted vs the 03 and 04. better than 04, but not as good as 03. tons of nutmeg (they should just call this nutmeg brew), cinammon, other spices. nice body, good flavor, but just too nutmeg-y.
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Spicy, robust, opaque, well balanced, slighty hoppy in the back of the throat, delicious with fondue or simply alone. A great American Christmas beer!!!
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong aroma of figs, nuts, caramel swirl. Taste follows through with that and nutmeg. Dry finish. Alcohol blends well and is lower than expected for a winter brew.
BeerRenter76 (347) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 Version- Pours a very dark brown mahogany color with a thick tan head on top. Smells of mellow spiced fruit, toffee, molasses, pine resin, and gingerbread. Dry, spiced, somewhat gingerbread-y flavor. A little tart fruit, spruce, bitter chocolate, orange peel, and faint maple. Medium body, creamy texture, with a slickness that sticks to the tongue. Definitely better as it warms up.
VinegarStroke (345) - Napa, California, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: deep brown to black. Clear with very thick head. Huge lift of spice and florals. Some roasted flavors but they are dominated by the herbaceous additives. Dry, not sour and medium bitterness. Phenolic not bitter. Loads of flavor itís just that not all of itís nice.
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with tones of red and a small light brown head. Aroma has hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and pine. Very creamy and smooth to drink but leaves a dry finish. I enjoyed this beer and Iím looking forward to the 2006 release.
theOptimator (344) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, dark fruit. Appearance is dark brown mahogany with medium large tan head. Taste is complex spice. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, dark fruits, black licorice, wood, roasty, earthy, some sourness, mint. Palate is medium+. Overall a very interesting beer. Does an excellent job of combining many nice christmas spices, but keeping balanced and not over the top. A complex beer I feel would age well, but is great right now.
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
06 vintage consumed in may of 07. color is garnet as the pour begins when done itís a deep brown with 1/2 inch of khaki head on the top. nose has some sweet dried fruit and spices cinnamon and clove in particular. interesting flavor starts with a tart cherry with some coco on the edges. the hops are effervescent and as they fade bring back a licorice and spice flavor that lasts. different thatís for sure.