jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloves and Cinn..very nice Christmas beer. Mild body. Creamy, black with thin white head.
Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The 2008 vintage from a 1.5L bottle purchased locally. Aroma is slightly roasty with a little hop citrus in there. Color is a dark brown like black coffee. Flavor has coffee and dark chocolate notes with some lemony hop flavor. I do not perceive any spices in there, maybe some spruce. It is a porter at the base and very well done. Malty but a dry finish without being too heavy. I would
like to try this again in a year or two if I can get some more before they are gone.
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with a big tan head. The aroma is really cool... mint and light, bitter hops blended with spruce...! The flavor is great, with caramel and malt rounding it out nicely. Mouthfeel is light, but not too watery. A really nice, unique holiday beer.
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2010 2009 bottle. Pours a velvet-mahogany; very dark. Thin tan head with little lacing. Nose of cinnamon, spice, and cranberry.Taste of strong apricot, nutmeg, plum, ginger, clove, molasses and pine; a warming brew. A little hot for 5.5abv.
Rerated after tasting 2010 bottle. Dropped one in aroma and appearance. Still good for the category. Will try this again next year.
Sathorael (145) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich mahogany with a thin tan head. Not much lacing. Aromas of spice and malty sweetness. Taste is roasted malts, spice, mild buttery sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and a brief sweetness.
Diablokev (145) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 version. Aroma is nutty but slight. Appearance is dark brown with a cream head. Taste is a bit nutty as well very smooth and easy to drink. Overall not bad.
tangentrider (144) - USA - DEC 22, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007--Beautiful dark brown ale with a creamy brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is spice and juniper. Spice and spruce with nice bitter note and a bit of warming. medium body, creamy, bitter finish moving to mild sweetness.
foosnbrews (141) - Parker, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2008 bottle- Beer poors dark with a light tan head. Aroma is of roasted grains and a bit of spice comes through in the aroma. The Flavor is similar to the aroma with a roasted grains coming through and a hint of spices. Molases flavor also comes through at the beginning but fades through the beer. Bitterness is tame and roasted grain bitterness seems to come through more than anything else. Beer finishes extremely dry Overall beer is good.
RyanK (141) - Rhode Island, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark red with alight brown head that is small and quick to dissipate. In the light it looks similar to cranberry juice with a lot of bubbles. Smells of yeast, cloves and spices, maybe some cinnamon? Definitely an interesting smell. Body is watery and bubbly, with a little bite to it. Taste of light and easygoing hops and malt that provide a little roasted bitterness. Other elements such as the spices and yes cinnamon comes through. Very earthy tasting and smelling, interesting but not leaving me yearning for more.
chribban (140) - SWEDEN - JUL 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 edition. Best before september 2012. Still very drinkable. (august 2013) ABV: 5.5 Nice dark brown almost black color with a three finger light brown head. Milk chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, malt, brown sugar and yeast. Almost no carbonation. A hint of oxidation, still a very good beer!