bobman006 (339) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2010 Bottle. 2009. Dark brown/black with creamy beige head. Aromas of pine, citrus, cranberry, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and wintergreen. Flavors of toffee, toast, cranberry, allspice, citrus, and wintergreen. Silky mouthfeel with sparkly carbonation. Brighter than 2008, not as dark and complex. A: 5/5 S: 7/10 T: 7/10 P: 5/5 O: 16/20 (4.0)
Bottle. 2008. Pours dark brown with persisting beige head. Aroma is herbal with pumpernickel, pine, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander and clove. Flavors of chocolate, malted milk, toast, wood smoke, juniper berries, orange, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth. Finishes with subtle hop bite and spice. A very kind brew. A: 5/5 S: 8/10 T: 8/10 P: 5/5 O: 16/20 (4.2)
ElCapitan22 (339) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown color with excellent lacing. Has very nice head retention as well. Tastes malty and of the usual winter spices. A nice Xmas beer!
jackfrost9p (338) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really enjoyed this beer. Strong malt and spice flavors with a bit of hoppy finish.
pforei (338) - USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with thick brown head. Great aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg pie crust and other spices that I can’t put my finger on. Smells like the holiday season. Caramel malty flavor with a slight chocolate tinge. Beer has the backbone of a mild old ale with pumpkin ale style spice. Not overly sweet. Thin to medium body. Dry finish.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2008 2008. slightly malty, pines, cinnamon, nutmeg. Typical christmas ale, only a little bit better. I always expect a bit more from this brewer, and they delivered on this one. Great seasonal.
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - APR 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2008 Grabbed the 2006 on discount. Pours dark brown, almost black, with a short tan head. Rich, chocolate taste with some spices that add some grit. Ends with a pronounced bitter. Some burnt molasses taste in there as well. The full flavor makes it worth seeking out next season. I had this six one-beer-a-sitting. Its great beer but a bit heavy to drink back to back.
2007. was somewhat disappointed with this years OSA. tastes overwhelmingly vegetal. sweet spices, like cinnamon, are more apparent. the burnt molasses and chocolate flavors are gone. bummer.
kanaclane (336) - - JAN 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nez: Malt fumé, chocolat, cannelle
Bouche: Chocolat, fumée, fruits noirs, cannelle, épicée
Rien de transcendant mais elle est vraiment très agréable.
Scouser (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 A nice dark brown colour with beige lacing. Spicy treacle aroma. Tastes of licorice, vanilla. A really nice beer!
2007 Dark brown with beige lacing. Earthy aroma. Malthy and earthy flavour, not a bad beer, but not as good as the 20006
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 From Bottle, PDC@Pittsburgh, PA
2005-Drank from bottle, did get a nice whif of the spicy aroma. First sip brought with it woodsy, earthy flavors, and spices in the aftertones. Very nice, drinkable, smooth going down brew.
2006-From Bottle. Tan pour with some highlights, light tan head, 1-inch thick, creamy looking and laced the glass. Aroma was malty and not as spicy as last year. Flavor was balanced with woody, bready, molassas flavors. Full Bodied. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel.
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
2009...I remember liking previous years much more. This one is thin in flavor primarily, mainly a brown ale, with some burnt roast added with a hint of pear juice or maybe pineapple. Weak this year. Would not recommend unless you like brown ales.