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.
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.
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.
Diablokev (152) - 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.
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.
jdavidh (151) - California, USA - DEC 12, 2013
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice deep mocha color with a thick creamy head. Very light chocolate in the nose. Taste is is smoky, earthy, with a strange spice on the aftertaste that I can't place.
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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.
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.
sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 ale. Pours blackish with a brown head. Heavy ginger aroma. Medium-heavy body, you get a roasted malts and spices dominate the palate. Good brew.
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.