Crash (523) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a dark brown/black with a little head and good lacing. There wasnít much aroma or at least I didnít catch it. I didnít get much in the way of spices and judging from others, I wonder if I got a bad bottle.
KAggie97 (3530) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 2005 Bottle
Pours a beautiful black brown with a thick head of tan. Aroma has hints of smoke, plum, and nutmeg. Flavor is like a dull barleywine, with a tinge of smoke and mulling spices. Interesting beer. As it warms, the flavors become more defined and complex. Smoke becoming more prominent as the minutes tick by. A tinge of citrus seems to be trying to poke its head through the fog of flavors, but it never really ascertains itself. Clove is becoming prominent, and I seem to be detecting some roasted malt in there as well. However, the flavors are now dulling in intensity, and Iím left with a typical seasonal that lacks punch. Palate is too watery; needs thickness to give the taste more assertiveness. Iím not quite impressed with this one.
2006 Bottle: Aroma is melted pennies offset by a peachy spice. Deep mohagony black with a frothy head and nice lacing. Slight smoke flavor followed by roasted chocolate; a tinge of cinammon emerges as it warms. Full and coating mouthfeel with a dry finish. Stinks but it tastes great.
NoiZe (2325) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2011 6th Dutch Ratebeer Gathering. Also had it at ít Klooster in Delft, was sold as Anchor Snow. Black, brown appearance. Very bitter and spicy flavor, with clove.
Had the 2007 version, chocolate aroma, earthy, roasted malts.
2009 version tap @ Beertemple. Black, spicy, cloves, metallic, malty, chocolate.
2010 version: Black, spicy, cloves, sweetness, malty.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 30, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The pour is dark brown with ruby highlights and a moderate off-white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is of spice and a little bit of roasted malt. The flavor is nutmeg. Then some more nutmeg and even a little bit more nutmeg thrown in for good measure. With a little bit of sour mixed in there. Tightly carbonated. While I appreciate the effort at continually innovating this brew, Iím glad this stuff isnít around very long.
abcfan (580) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Decent, pours brown with red tinge and tan head. Aroma is mostly spice. Taste is spice with a Cola finish.
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 1, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is predominately malt, with some hops. Flavor has some hints of spice, but it is mainly malt. Another typical winter beer with little spice. Not much else to say.
phishpond417 (2089) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2008
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown color with a slightly reddish tone. Head is decent, tan colour. Aroma is pleasent- sweet, enticing with various spices, nutmeg and cinnamon are noticeable. Taste is soft and creamy, very pleasent. Its a great seasonal brew i look forward to every year.
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2007 - Slight black cherry and cloves on the nose. Some spice and burnt sugar, but not quite enough sweetness to balance the bitterness. Seemed thin. Not terrible, but there are much better winter/holiday ales out there.
bigguns22 (400) - Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2009
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with ruby high lights,large tan head.Aromas of malts,cocoa,coffee and hops.light hop flavors and bitter dark chocolate coco are most noted.Over all good beer but no great.
jmm635 (744) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep brown with an average sized tan head. Aroma was spicy with lots of malty sweetness. Flavor is again sweet with molasses. Too sweet. There is a lingering flavor in the finish that I canít identify, but I donít like it.