DrinkMoreBeer (21) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2006
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ok, so my note-taking on flavor, color, etc suffered the night I tried this. I did numerically score as I went, but scoring 20 beer samples in a night clouds the old flavor memory! This finished a bit below average among the Winter beers that night. As someone in the group said - "It’s Cream Soda!" (It’s that vanilla taste that others mentioned here)
brianprentiss (699) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From bottle, 2006 brew, very vanilla/syruppy/raisinny. Didn’t love this beer but I don’t generally love veggie beers.
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber brown body with small off-white head. Texture is nice and creamy, but aroma and flavor are quite mild. Smells and tastes like vanillas and bubble gum... mainly just sweet and not very complex. Pretty average.
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - NOV 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: poured an amber brown with an average head. Aroma is of cloves and a vanilla like sweetness. Taste is a blend of spices, mostly clove and ginger, with hints of vanilla and some light malt. Not overpowering in flavor, but tasty and smooth.
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet vanilla malt aroma. Cloudy garnet body — extremely vanilla flavour.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from odeed. Pours a clear brown with a pretty big biege head. Taste was a bit muddled here as there seemed to be some holiday spices but she kinda’ ran outta’ steam.
bhensonb (14094) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of malt, hop, and arguably coriander. Nice coppery color, with a persistent light tan head. Starts with a sweet malt, but the overall effect is spice. Not spicey spice, but definitely something. Light to medium mouthfeel. AVB has a knack for this seemingly unique flavor - it is mirrored in the Summer Solstice. Smooth it is. Strange also.
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with a nice head and lace. Aroma of coriander, malts, and a spice I can’t identify. Taste is gingery with a bit of vanilla bean. Thick mouthfeel. Not drinkable in large quantities but its not designed to be. Good stuff.
jonnabrix (137) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a nice: light amber in color, with spice and sweet malts in the aroma. The flavor was full of ginger and other spices, malts, and a nice hop balance. Pretty creamy, this was enjoyable.
sistinas (108) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (2006). Pours a dark amber color with a medium head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. Sweet malts and some indiscernable yet inviting spice in the aroma. Flavor this year is massively ginger-like (in the nonalcoholic ginger beer and not ginger ale sort of way), with a backbone of vanilla, orange peels, apricots, and a little caramel. Actually, it sort of reminds me of ginger snap cookies. A wee bit watery. Medium bodied with a very dry finish. Quite good though I think I liked last year’s version a wee bit better - it was a bit fruitier.