mephisto (1269) - TAIWAN - JAN 12, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
a nice offering from anderson valley brewing co. opaque copper w/ a brown head, the aroma is a mix of sweet malt and fruit that is slightly hoppy. sweet vanilla flavor accentuated w/ moderate bitterness, this brew is well balanced.
ChazMania (656) - Pasadena, California, USA - JAN 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Seasonal beer. I agree with another review saying ’sweet at first, then spicy warmth’. Good for one, perhaps to much cinnamon, clove type sweetness for me to have a few in a row.
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - JAN 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber/light brown with medium carbonation. Very mild aroma with a hint of vanilla. Sweet for just a bit, then BAM a hit of warm spicyness and cognac feel. Flavors of vanilla and nutmeg? overshadow mellow hops. Silky mouthfeel with a bit of lingering tingle. Very good winter ale, would buy again near the holidays.
mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Nice ruby brown colored brew. Spicy, fruity aroma. Sweet, malty flavor with the spices coming through as well. Pretty good winter seasonal, as I can see myself getting a few more bottles of this one.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours deep red with a small off-white head. Aroma of strong spices--cinnamon, cloves, and some others--backed by sweet malts and light piney hops. Strange spiciness in the flavor--and not much else. Not my cup of beer.
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish amber color with a white short lived head. Has a nutty spicy cinnamon aroma. Flavor is tangy and spicy with a smooth finish that hides the alcohol very well. A nice winter brew.
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours a medium/dark amber color. Lightly spicy aroma. A little bit of hoppiness is also noticable. Very creamy mouthfeel. Spicy at fiirst. Some nutmeg, cinnamon, and maybe some clove. A tiny bitter twang is underlying. Good winter beer.
mkgrenwel (572) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer’s flavor is so unique that it requires you to stretch in order to describe it. Beyond the obvious vanilla, I get a flavor that isn’t exactly like any of these things, but more reminds me of them: Cloves, cinnamon, licorice, pipe tobacco. There’s a million more in there that I’m not going to make the effoprt to place. Occasionally I get a huge connection to Smarties candies. Not much in the way of hops or malt. Just a huge range of other stuff. Unbelievably smooth palate.
shadey (1909) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber color with white head. Aroma is sweet and smooth. Flavor is beautiful and rich. Sweet, slightly smokey, candy. Kinda twisted.
pinkzambia (1523) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:Beautiful amber color with a small, bubbly light brown head. The aromas are hops, spices and shoe leather. The taste represented to me an almost perfect balance of the right amount of hops and malts, if you are going for a balance. I also picked up hints of cola which may have been another type of spice or root. When they say in the commercial description "smooth finish" they aren’t lying. Smooth all the way around, noticeably smooth. I thought this was great. A nice break from many of the stronger winter beers.