SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 22, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft: Pours dark dark brown with a big white foamy head. Aromas of chocolate, malt and spruce. Flavor is slightly chocolatey but not roasty, subtle but noticeable spices. A little bitterness at the finish. Perhaps some minty like Northern Brewer hops.
Fantomasus (289) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Magnum. Pours dark chocolate with a flimsy off white head. Smells of spice and cinnamon. Dry chocolate caramel flavor. Watery mouth feel with a dry finish. Donít go out of your way to get the 2007 Magnum. Maybe the 12 oz. bottle is better?
tedovertu (289) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brownish amber color with very frothy tan head. Allspice and nutmeg mixed with some caramel. Not a bid fan of the spice beers but this one is pretty balanced and not overpowering. A little watery.
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark opaque brown, frothy tan head. Intriguing aroma of raw brown sugar and holiday spices-cinnamon, cloves maybe coriander (mace? ginger? something weird, but it works). Smooth and light bodied, very full flavors. Unusually rich and complex for a low strength brew.
jlf278 (288) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with a nice thick one to two finger head. Beautiful brown body. Smells like a moldy old penny - pee-yew. Tastes like sugar and plum and molasses. Nice medium-heavy body. Not boozy, just delicious. too bad about the smell
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks Beer_Hawk!!! Pours a slightly cloudy dark brown color with no head or lacing. Aroma is slightly fruity yet roasty with strong hints of cranberries and spice. Flavor is roasty and bitter and reminds of an old (and very cold) cup of dark black coffee. The only thing that seperates it in the flavor from the old coffee is the slighty spicy/cranberry like flavor. The beer is smooth on the palate but is just to bitter for my liking.
lumpsowers (287) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 12, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
(2007)Dark brown pour, fluffy head, lots of lace. Cinnamon, pine aroma. Nutty, chocolatey flavor, some bready cinnamon. Really does taste like Christmas! Think this might be a little old, but still an interesting flavor.
(2008)Black pour, big fluffy head, high lace. Spicy pine aroma. Sweet, cinnamon and nutmeg, tastes like an alcoholic Christmas cookie. Slightly grapey, not bad.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iíve been meaning to snag this one fro awhile, and Doppelganger hooked me up. So thanks! Pours dark red, with a bit of brown. Head is creamy and bubbly. Aroma is malty with something else i canít put my finger on. Maybe cloves? Taste is really interesting. Very strong spices - lemon, anise, clove. I expected some warmer spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, but iím not getting that much. Itís more of the bitter stuff. I like it a lot. Finish is crisp and dry. Not really cloying for a fairly thick beer. I thought this was an interesting beer and I appreciate the experimentation. Not something I"m just super excited about but still a good, interesting beer. Bravo!
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from bottle. OSA 2005 pours dark ruby with a sudsy light tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is dominated by nutmeg and orange liquer. Flavor is well-balanced with rich malts: caramel, toasted, chocolate and faint hint of rye or smoked malts (maybe). Honeysuckle and nutmeg are also at the forefront. Remarkably clean finish for this higher gravity beer. Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Warming for a crisp Winter night. OSA is always a welcome treat.
theothermatt (285) - 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.