irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
beer pours a very pretty, ruby-tited deep brown, with a tan head that retains well and leaves massive lace. nose is of course spicy, but not as over-the-top as some years (no pine sol, not super clovey). chocolate notes in the aroma, along with, perhaps, some light cinamon, and maybe some cardamom. flavor is again more beer-like than some other years, with the spices adding nuance to a flavor that again has bitter chocolate notes. pleasing vintage of this brew. perhaps some astringency in the finish.
sjorsvdg (353) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Een volle, zoetige en kruidige geur en dito smaak. Duidelijke aanwezigheid van hop. Ideaal om mee te stoven, maar vooral om te drinken. (2014-versie.)
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.
coolfunnj (351) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2016
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
as always wonderful cinnamon nutmeg and gingerbread aroma with a caramel note also..dark brown no light passes thru with tan filmy head and lacing..taste a little more hoppy(pine) than apparent in the nose with the abovementioned cinnamon ginger flavors as well burnt malts and smoke apparent as well surprisingly dry finish..light-medium bodied long dry finish with a coka cola like aftertaste this isn’t my favorite one could use more sweetness and is even slightly harsh,still unusual and tasty though, a hop fan may rate this higher (2015 batch)
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.
VAYankee (344) - Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown body and a thick brown head. Malty, spicy aroma includes cinnamon, nutmeg, light pine and a touch of cocoa. Flavor includes moderate malt(slightly chocolate), spice and licorice followed by a lightly dry, roasted malt aftertaste with a bit of smokiness.
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 I’m looking forward to the 2006 release.