Frank (2387) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber, creamy head. Mild wheat-beer nose with a bit of fruit and spice. Flavor is just loaded with vanilla--very nice and unique to boot. Creamy body and a quick finish.
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 Pours a deep reddish-amber color with a short-lived fizzy white head, maybe one finger. The aroma is sweet, fruity, and spicy. Nice caramel malts with an allspice flavoring, candied fruits, and some vanilla. Medium-bodied, itís got a snappy, spicy finish.
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PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2004 Bottled. (2004) Pours a reddish/golden, with a large puffy snow-white head. Aroma is not very clean, fruity alcohol initially, with vanilla and spiced cherries showing through. Flavor is a little sour, chocolate cover cherries, more vanilla, spiced fruit cake, alcohol, and finishes with a tangy bight. Smooth and medium bodied, very festive and enjoyable.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Amber color with a small white head that diminishes to a tiny ring around the outside of the glass. Aroma has hops, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper, ginger, hops, and a bit of malt. Taste has caramel, tea, nutmeg, ginger, bread, grains. Finishes with a small alcohol kick and bitter spices. Light to medium body, just a bit thin. Pretty nice.
Loddeer (171) - USA - DEC 4, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this one was a real treat. The first sip was warm, I should have refigerated it a little longer. Nonetheless this sip was smooth and delicate. As I continued, I experienced excellent lacing with rich flavoring. The transition makes the beer. One of the best after-tastes I have ever had. It goes down smooth, and the reminants on the palate are even smoother, leaving significant sugary flavors behind like vanilla and gingerbread. Superb complexity, incredible dynamics, each sip surpasses the last. Needless to say, an excellent beer, I was incredibly pleased.
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap. amber color, small head... very mild nose... nice sweet winter spices... not overpowering, sweet finish... i like this... just taste yummy!
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium to dark brown. I really enjoyed this beer! Sweet and spicey with lively carbonation. This is my second beer from anderson valley and they have done nothing but impress.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught: First of all, itís not my type of beer. Aroma was of spices and sweet malts. Poured dark amber color with a nice off-white head and produced average lacing. Flavor was of sweet malts and a little spice. Lots of carbination. Not too hard to drink, but not too easy. Overall, since I do not like malty brews, I am biased. This was just ok.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004: Mild, fruity aroma; carmelly-sweet-refined sugar flavor, maybe a hint of cherry and nutmeg, somewhat dry finish; silky palate. needs some balance, but good
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours the most beautiful ruby red with a thick beige head. Aroma is spicey with vanilla. Taste is moderately sweet with notes of caramel, molasses, dark fruits, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and some cinnamon with a hint of alcohol. Medium/light body with subtle carbonation. Nothing great but an enjoyable holiday brew.