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.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004- Aroma is caramel, nutmeg, cookie dough. Ruby body, with light tan head. PERFECT mouthfeel, thick, full, chewy. Taste is gingerbread, caramel, oak. Very nice brew and something I will have to get more of.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Ruby-Mahogony colored beer with a good creamy off-white head. Aroma of fruit - citrus, plum, cherries - sweet malt and spice. Flavor is spicey fruitiness - caramel, brown sugar, plum, raisin, nutmeg, and more and more vanilla as it warms. Good smooth and clean beer.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great looking beer, dark red, thin creamy head, awesome sweet malty aroma, kinda fruity, very rich and full bodied taste, hints of molasses, cream, and brown sugar, also a nice hop presence.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2005 Bottle poured a nice red with a good head. Nice sweet aroma witha sweet creamy flavor and a bit of a spicy finish.
Not bad at all.
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - OCT 13, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This pours a beautiful reddish-brown color with a creamy, fluffy head. The aroma was mildly hoppy with delicate malt sweetness. Vanilla bean is dominant with orange peel for balance. There also seemed to be a hint of nutmeg (i seemed to be the only one who could smell it). The Taste was of roasted malt, vanilla and carameled apple. The bitterness was mild which allowed the vanilla to finish slightly above the hopps. Sweet and slightly spicy, The higher alcohol (6.9% ABV) added a nice warming affect. The balanced was perect from start to finish. I loved this beer so much over the hollidays I bought all that I could, as to enjoy it year round. I find it very drinkable and i’m looking forward to a fresh batch this year.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Red-Brown in hue. Quickly dissipating head with no lace. Spicy, and slightly malty. A little flat. Cinnamon and strong apple flavor prevalent.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a beautiful reddish orange hue. Nice white head that laced up pretty well.
Very aromatic. Loads of caramel, apple, wild fruit, brown sugar and nice tropical scents. It almost smells like candy...Those hard bright apples candies coated with caramel. Smells very very nice!
Duh! What a flop! A beer with such potential until you take a sip! There are some very nice flavors going on here but just not enough of anything. Some caramel, grapefruits, sweet malty sugars and nutmeg. Lousy finish.