Maxbier (142) - Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet chocolate aroma. Dark brown/black with tan head. Spices and dark chocolate. Bittersweet lingering dark chocolate finish.
mikeyo1 (141) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 edition, bottle @ home. Nice head with good lacing. Moderately sweet, herbal nose, hints of licorice, orange, ginger, some clove. Taste is somewhat dry with moderate sweetness. Medium body and soft carbonation. Hints of honey, licorice, ginger, grass. It ends with a nice hitting touch of pepper, and some lightly sour dry bitterness.
Tabednar (139) - - NOV 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.19.2011 - Houston, TX
Very complex and actually light bodied despite it’s appearance. Spicy and rich that is a perfect Christmas beer.
bconger (138) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2011 Bottle. Vintage 2010. Very dark brown pour with a medium tan head. Aromas of honey, toffee, and raisins. Much spicier and less sweet than the smell would indicate. Fun and complex. Begins with a hit of bitter citrus and spice (cloves, nutmeg, bitter herbs) which gives way to a toasty malt accented by a mildly tongue-puckering astringency. This is a great holiday beer!
Update 2011: bottle vintage 2011. Very dark brown pour with a medium dark tan head. Aromas of prune, cinnamon, and anise. Flavors of sour cherry, currant, tobacco, allspice. A little more sour this year I think. A six pack of this is becoming a December tradition.
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First thing I noticed was how much darker this beer was than most Spice/Herb/Vegatable’s.
(2005 Vintage) Pours almost black with a tan head. Aroma is plesant with notes of malts, fruit, raisen, black liqourish and ginger root. Flavor is Extremely complex with a perfect balance, notes of malts plum, spices, nutmeg, clove, mollasses, and chocolate. I could never get enough of this beer. Without a doubt my favorite Spice/Herb/Vegatable so far.
cbrixius (136) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one was better than I expected, but partially because it was had with dessert, so the fruitiness (cherry, by my account) settled in nicely. Not overly complex or heavy. Overall, an enjoyable experience.
ReverendMoon (136) - Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can't really detect anything on the nose. Granted, this was served colder out of the tap than it should have. Waterier than I would have liked. Overall not overly impressed. Better definitely as it warms up. If I had it out of the bottle I would let it sit first before I tried it.
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cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like a porter, with a nice tan head. Aromas of roast, spice and hops blend perfectly. The flavor is full and rich, the spices are not overwhelming and finishes surprisingly dry and bitter.
If I remember, it seems similar to last years- good. I like dry and bitter, and this has some sweetness to balance it out.
mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2010 2010 bottle, pours an incredibly dark amber with a light brown head. Aroma is bready, with a good amount of roasted malt and caramel sweetness. Flavor is bready and bitter, with some mild roasted malt flavors as well. As it warms, the flavors become more complex, and the caramel and roasted malt flavors really begin to shine. The first time I had it I drank it too fast and much of the complexity was masked as a result. This is an outstanding beer.
beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - NOV 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice rich porter like color with notes of chocolate and spice. Great dark tan head with excellent lacing. Nice allspice finish that lingers just a bit before I’m ready for another sip. A very enjoyable winter beer that I will continue to enjoy after a day on the slopes.