NachlamSie (2616) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2006
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle. Pours a deep red with not much of a head. The aroma is eggnog, some cedar, and some spiced candies. This isnít so bad initially, mostly of grains, cookies, nutmeg and some chalk, but there is a bubblegum flavor that compounds with each sip I take and becomes really annoying. After a while, itís all I notice. Maybe thatís because I hate bubblegum.
redlem (1295) - Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had a small sample at a bar, on tap. Clove overload. Muddy dark brown color with a small tan head. Like I said cloves, in aroma and taste, I could not detect anything else, which is not surprizing since this is a powerful spice. I could not see myself drinking a 12oz of this, well maybe if I had all night. Never been a big fan but this sample was a little too much for me.
Gregis (1279) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - AUG 10, 2007
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle of the 2006 vintage. If simply being "complex" made a beer great, this would be one of the greats. I, however, have a difficult time espousing the complexities of a beer that I didnít enjoy drinking. I actually opted to pour the remainder of this one out to move onto another beer. It looks nice: a ruby-brown with a large, creamy, tan head. It smells quite nice: sweet roasted malt, gingerbread, allspice, and other minty/spicy notes. It reminds me much of a scented candle that my wife would burn around the holidays. The mouthfeel and flavor, however, left me wishing that Iíd just stopped at the pre-drinking phase of the rating. Medium-bodied and oily it finishes dry/astringent and bitter. The flavor is unique, but itís certainly not my cup of tea. Dark roasted malt, black tea and an astringent, plastic soapiness that tastes like Iíve just popped a handful of potpourri in my mouth. Not a pleasant experience; this is an example of a beer that can receive a higher rating than my overall impression simply because it looks and smells nicely. I have no desire to try this one again.
Embrouille (2788) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 17, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled 355ml. Decent brown with a smallish beige head. A huge amount of ginger throughout. Metallic. Strange. I didnít enjoy this beer at all.
Biggar2000 (16) - - DEC 27, 2013
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not the greatest Christmas beer Iíve had. Girlfriend says the smell reminds her of soy sauce. I had the 2013 blend. It is drinkable, but Iíd prefer others.
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.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - NOV 15, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
$1.99 2006 bottle from South Bay Drugs bought on 7/9/07. Pours with a 2 finger medium bubble tan head, that disappears and returns as a great 2-3mm foam over the surface. Aroma is of a mild oxidation and some malt. Flavor is bland oxidize with a very mild sourness. Certainly way past itís prime, which makes me wonder, because this beer is collected and sold in verticals. Maybe I got a bottle that was exposed to too much heat. Hmmm. I would guess acetobacter.
mmmbeer (1202) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2007
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
2007 edition- 12 oz bottle poured into tumbler. Poured non-transparent light black, tan head slowly fizzed away, moderate carbonation. Aroma of pine needles, molasses, and resine. Hits the mouth with a thin body, cinnamon and nutmeg and noticeable, finish stops quickly. Was expecting greatness from this brewery, not impressed.
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
2007 bottle. Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is spicy with cloves, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon. Chunky mouth feel and way too much clove taste. Not my thing at all Ė didnít finish it.
mcberko (5224) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz. bottle, pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and clove. Flavour of christmas spices and heavy on the ginger. This definitely isnít for me.