balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - DEC 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a very dark brown w/lively tan head. Cinnamon, clove, anise, carmel, and pumpkin all permeate from the lip of the glass...quite inviting. The body is both slightly thin yet smooth with a strong anise and cinnamon flavor with hints of brown sugar and a spicy finish.
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 27, 2006
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to beer_ledgend for this one. Pours black with a light brown head. I’ve probably held on to this bottle for a bit too long as the aroma is barely there but I can still detect some toasty malt, a touch of cinnamon and tarry notes. The body is thinner than expected and drops off quickly without lingering. It has a spicy sweetness, some apple and a little astringency in the finish.
tony_gorilla (156) - Fiskum, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A brown red christmas beer. Weak smell but taste good. A fair enough beer. Had it before and will have it again.
WanderinCelt87 (154) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a lovely black with a tan head. Has a very robust smell of spice and malt. Has an amazing taste of spice and malt.
NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Perfect. I have had every year since I can remember. Usually in bottle and on tap. Also -- at Stuffed Sandwiches in CA you can usually try different years (aged) side by side. Wish I had it everyday.
tseo (153) - Athens, GREECE - SEP 28, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Liquorice, burnt caramel, blackberries, figs, raisins, tobacco,
pine wood,cinnamon, medicinal notes and more. Really nice interplay.
Mouthfeel: Big and foamy, medium carbonation.
Taste: Balanced taste. Dry. Whoa, lots of unidentified spices. Bitter on
the top of the tongue with an earthy, herbal quality.
Finish: Coffee touches with a long, long dry finish. A small amount of
Overall: Truly special. Not my fave, but still I can appreciate it for
the great, memorable beer it is.
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, ’06 vintage. Attractive tan head. Dark color. Malt, cloves, and licorice aromas. interesting, but somewhat mild. The taste was much the same, with a somewhat interesting colection of sweet spices noted in this beer towards the end. The finish was dry, mild, and lingering. Body was much lighter than expected. Seems like it could go well with spicy or smokey food, as well as vegetable dishes.
theothermatt (153) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2013. Pours a dark amber. Pine, citrus, and cinnamon on the nose. A ton of great pine and buttering herbal qualities. Great tasting and warming with a dry finish.
aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2006
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
My bottle was 2006... brand new. Smells and looks a lot like soy sauce...add some strong ale aromas. Tastes okay. Not terrible...but I was expecting more of a spiced pale ale or something. oops. Very odd malts and sour flavors. Dark. Tan head.
Sathorael (151) - 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.