greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 26, 2007
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a nice amber with a big head that dissipates quickly. Gotta say, not impressed with the aroma, which is almost metallic. Flavor, however, is interesting. Bold vanilla with mild spices, not your usual beer. Slight hops, but mostly sweet carmel notes. Alcohol is definitely hidden. Not one of my favorite beers, but not bad.
swoopjones (6638) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Coles. Buffalo, NY. Big fruity aroma with chocolate covered cherry thing going on. Holiday spices evident, cloves, nutmeg. Great holiday beer.
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JAN 26, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Such a great beer. Just phenomenal. Please, if you live in the Southern California area, visit Father’s Office in Santa Monica. They have this on tap during the winter months. The beer is poured at the perfect temperature and is one of the most enjoyable things you can imagine. I love the hint of vanilla in this brew.
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear dark amber. Spicy aroma with a hint of vanilla. Initial flavors of spice (cinnamon/nutmeg) that quickly give way to the malt then light hop finish. Decent beer but definitely not the best offering from Anderson Valley I have had to date.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle via liquid Solutions. Pours a dark clear amber with an average size head. Nose is spicey, perhaps a bit of ginger, some toffee and honey. Taste is sweet, starts with some honey, vanilla then the malts take over. Sweet but not cloying and the spices are not overwhelming. I think there is a touch of cinnamon, some ginger, and something else. Whatever it all is, this is a wonderful Winter beer, the best i have had thus far. Moderate carbonation. Medium body. Yummy yummy stuff. World class.
MattShizzle (549) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Brown color. Strong and rich. Very little hoppiness. Slightly tart flavor.
porkpatty (1) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2007 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice amber color. Aroma is of vanilla and caramel. Taste is dominated by vanilla along with caramel and toffee. Oily mouthfeel with just enough hops in the background to avoid being overly sweet.
luiss (89) - Elmsford, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle- Ive had this on tap and remember it being more flavorfull and deep with rich flavors of the holiday season. Great brewery and great beers. This batch might not have come out the way it should have. Pours a nice carbonated amber brown, with a nice bubbly head. Malt is chewy with hints of caramel, and pepermint. Alcohol is well hidden as this beer starts off and finishes very watery and yeasty.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark dark orange color with small head. Aroma was hot of alcohol hops and something sweet. Flavor was bready with cinnamon nutmeg and some other spices in there as well. Good beer
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 Bottle from Ocean Wine and Spirits in Ocean, NJ. Pours a murky orange amber with an off white head. Medium body. Aroma of caramel, cookie dough, and fruit. Initial flavor of caramel and butterscotch candy that transitions to a vanilla and cherry like fruitiness. Spicy hop finish with a wisp of alcohol. Nice beer.