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.
bconger (143) - 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.
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.
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.
iceman15658 (136) - Acme, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle of 2011. a bit of a surprise in how much herb and vegetables that are apparent in the taste and aroma. Not one of my favorites but i’ve had worse
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.