xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with a big tan head. The aroma is really cool... mint and light, bitter hops blended with spruce...! The flavor is great, with caramel and malt rounding it out nicely. Mouthfeel is light, but not too watery. A really nice, unique holiday beer.
foosnbrews (145) - Parker, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2008 bottle- Beer poors dark with a light tan head. Aroma is of roasted grains and a bit of spice comes through in the aroma. The Flavor is similar to the aroma with a roasted grains coming through and a hint of spices. Molases flavor also comes through at the beginning but fades through the beer. Bitterness is tame and roasted grain bitterness seems to come through more than anything else. Beer finishes extremely dry Overall beer is good.
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2010 2009 bottle. Pours a velvet-mahogany; very dark. Thin tan head with little lacing. Nose of cinnamon, spice, and cranberry.Taste of strong apricot, nutmeg, plum, ginger, clove, molasses and pine; a warming brew. A little hot for 5.5abv.
Rerated after tasting 2010 bottle. Dropped one in aroma and appearance. Still good for the category. Will try this again next year.
tangentrider (144) - Alabama, USA - DEC 22, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007--Beautiful dark brown ale with a creamy brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is spice and juniper. Spice and spruce with nice bitter note and a bit of warming. medium body, creamy, bitter finish moving to mild sweetness.
CopterScott (143) - Kansas, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brown with a thin tan head. aroma is malt, spice, and caramel. Flavor is sweet malts, molasses, and spices. medium carbonation.
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.
Wischylini (136) - Grimstad, NORWAY - JAN 5, 2014
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Pours a clear black cherry, with no head at all. Aromas are spices, pepper, resin and burnt wood, the spices are overpowering the malt and hop aromas. The taste is somewhat sweet, but the intense bitterness obscures the sweetness. The mouthfeel is very light and fizzy. The more I drink this, the more I dislike it. The spices are overpowering the beer itself and makes for an unpleasant experience. Everyone else seem rave on about how great it is, so I might just have ended up with a bad one, which eventually became a $7 drain pour.