skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 Vintage at 6.9% ABV. 12 oz bottle into a Lager glass. Pours an amber copperish see through color with a foamed and slightly tanned white head. The aroma brings a malted nutmeggy vanilla essence to the nose. Hints of Earth are present as well. The flavor starts off with a hazlenutty malt taste, which moves swiftly into a very vannila, cinnamon, and spice flavor. This one definitely ends on the spice note with nutmeg and cinnamon. Very creamy and smooth on the palate. A tiny bit of alcohol is present on the roof of the mouth after a sip. A well done winter brew!!
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006, semi laced white head, cola coloring, vanilla, hazelnut, sweet, grassy, butterscotch, light in the mouth, lingering vanilla cream flavor
IrishBoy (4111) - 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 (2901) - 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 (670) - 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 (3032) - 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.