IrishBoy (3960) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 bottle; spicy, clovey, caramelly nose similiar to a lot of belgians; cherry-copper color with a small beige head; sweet caramel and vanilla malty flavor in a medium body, with a spicy finish mixed with a tiny bit of alcohol burn.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 bottle - Pours a beautiful clear deep red color with a nice off white head. Light lacing. Has a spicey caramel malt aroma and flavor. Very nice. Medium body. Has a slight berry after taste. Good beer.
screigh (513) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark copper color with a small quickly disappearing head. The color is beautiful and would get highest rating but the head was too lackluster. Malty, dark fruit and candy aroma. A very smooth beer with that touch of candy, dark fruit and a very slight hint of alcohol when you breathe after swallowing. Initial taste is almost non-existent and a majority of the flavor is the lingering flavors. I really like this but will be a seldom purchase at almost $13 a 6-pack.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. I really dug on this beer. Pours a burnt orange color......nose of caramel malts, and some dark fruits. A very smooth finish. An all around great winter brew!!
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 vintage consumed in the middle of summer.. Pours copper with little offwhite head. Aromas of caramel, vanilla, and nutmeg. Flavor is caramel, a touch of toffee, nutmeg, and vanilla and maybe a little cinnamon. Smooth almost buttery palate. Medium body. Good drinkable brew even 2 years old..
AdamGott (386) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - JUL 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 version. Pours copper/amber with little head. Not much aroma, certainly little to no hop aroma, sweet with a bit of butterscotch/caramel flavor. I have a few of these that I am going to cellar for a couple of years and see how the taste changes. This was an extremely popular beer in our area last winter but I just couldn’t quite hop on the bandwagon. It does tend to grow on you though.
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drinking this a little late, I know. I’ll rerate once the 2006 comes out. Pours copper color with small small head. Aroma is sweet and a little musty. Flavor is sweet, with a bit of licorice and honey up front. Nutmeg is probably the only spice I would pick out. A bit of butterscotch, which may be intentional in such a beer. Finishes with a little bit of alcohol, which is a good idea with this beer. A bit yeasty in the end. Body is appropriately medium, but a bit chalky. I agree with the statement that this is like a baby barleywine.
eaglefan538 (2958) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured an amber deep orange to brown color with a nice little head that thinned and provided only minimal lacing. The aroma was malty sweet and of alcohol, somewhat like an IPA w/ spices instead of the hops. The flavor was much of the same, featuring bready malts with some honey, nutmeg, and cinnamon coming through strongest with a touch of hops and yeast in the finish. Spicing definitely present, but not overdone. Not a bad spiced seasonal beer at all.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ PP 12/05: Slightly hazed amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma of grapes and dark fruits. Hint of chocolate. The flavor was sweet and fruity with plums and grapes. More chocolate notes. Some cinnamon on the finish.
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
basically what everybody else is saying: deep red/brown color with dirty brown head. spicy, reasonably complex, pretty malty.