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, it’s 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.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with mahogany highlights and an average-sized off-white head. Aroma of fruit cake and winter spices. Flavor of sweet malt, nutmeg, raisins, maple syrup, and a hint of cinnamon and other spices. Moderately sticky mouthfeel.
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma: Candy-sweet malt with some spices in the nose. No hop. Bready, cinnmanony, and estery.
Appearance: Very cloudy, murky brownish tea-color. Short lived head.
Flavor: Sherryish oxidative and malt notes, no hop. Decent complexity.
Mouthfeel: Unpleasant astringency in the mouth and back of throat. Carbonation is too low, a little more would enhance the flavor.
Overall: OK Winter Ale.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber, beige head. Vanilla aroma with some nutmeg and fruit. Starts out fruity, followed by some dryness from hops. Medium bodied, no sign of the alcohol. Pretty nice. A bit more body, a little less hop prescence in the flavor(and the dryness) and this could be something top notch.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - NOV 13, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere. Poured out a deep amber color, with a decent tan colored head. Aromas are of fresh malts, spices, and fruits. Tastes are of too much cinnamon for my liking, too much nutmeg also. Tastes more like a pumpkin pie than anything else. Thin mouthfeel, and body. Nothing to write home about, IMHO.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin tan head. Apples, spice, and caramel on the nose. It smelled like Christmas. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Apples, brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon on the tongue. A great beer for guests for the holidays. I think the average beer drinker would enjoy this one. These seasonal beers are making me wish it was closer to Christmas.