whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004. Deep rusty-amber body with a dense load of fine, dark particles and a frothy beige head. Aroma of vanilla, cherries, caramel, and mild warm spice. Flavor of fruity malt, vanilla extract, toasted nuts, caramel and toffee (especially in the finish). Medium sweet with mild bitterness and acidity. Besides the apparent vanilla, the spicing is very subtle and difficult to pinpoint, which is the mark of a good spice beer. Smooth, medium body. Good winter seasonal.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle...so I donít really dig a lot of these spiced winter beers...but this one I liked quite well...Nice big malty beer with some background vanilla and spice at the end. A nice example of skillful spicing. I could drink more of this, and I WANT to...Thatís more than I could say about most winter beers Iíve had in the last year.
heemer77 (5105) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a medium amber with traces of head. The aroma is malty with maraschino cherries and vanilla. The taste is strong vanilla at first with bread crust. There is also a hint of caramel and apple skins. Maybe a hint of nutmeg. This is a nice winter warmer.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vintage 2002: Cloudy...Citrus, Hoppy Aroma. Nice Spice Aroma...Spices...Hops...Decently Average Brew.
badgerben (4490) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 Vintage: Very muddy looking with a thin head. Aroma of honey and clover. Heavy corriander taste with cloves and malt. Interesting to say the least.
fordest (2010) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at San Diego Brewing Co. Nice brown color with a hint of vanilla in the aroma that comes out more definite in the flavor. Great finish.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Nice looking deep brown with minimal head. Aroma is like a malty barley wine with vanilla. Taste is all over the place. It starts sticky malty vanilly, and ends sour fruit with some bitter hops. Crazy stuff, and not bad.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Way to much vanilla for me, it dominates this ber. Some clotted cream and caramel notes with a bit of grassy hay.Thin uncomplex beer little depth.
MaltOne (224) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a really good. Nice aroma, reminescent of cream soda, but beer. Beautiful honey red/brown color; modest head. The flavor is great... tastes of honey and vanilla, and I there must be something in the Anderson Valley water or air that gives it a a hint of the forests. Beautifully smooth and balanced. It occupies the same space as a medium sherry. Supple mouth feel with lingering flavor that lasts pleasantly on the tongue. It does lend itself to the the idea of the holidays and the type of meals one serves - Great with a honey glazed ham or roasted turkey, plum pudding - or just after dinner. I donít want to overhype this one but this is a good one.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Clear, reddish color with a medium beige head. Good roasted cherry, malty aroma with some slight spicy scents. Fruity, smooth, caramel flavor. Med/thin mouthfeel. Really tasty palate. Nice malty finish. Very good winter beer.