gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great spice flavor... vanilla and berry?
gsmitty80 (1588) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 25, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I asked what would go well with hot wings and this was the beer i was given. It didnt really go with the wings but by itself it tasted a little bit like a light oktoberfest beer without the bite.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
a little choclate and berry
rich42 (128) - USA - OCT 15, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
lots of vanilla and or maple syrup - canít figure out which - maybe a bit too much? reddish brown in color. fair amount of malt - not much hops, little on the sweet side. some spice too - nutmeggy. re-rate - too much #$@# vanilla.
beerguy101 (5206) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown color, medium head. Medium malts and slightly spicy, nutmeg, cinnamon and .. Slightly hoppy. A medium bodied winter style ale. Full of flavor and taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty and slightly sweet. Nice winter ale.
Davhgbrew (445) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2002
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
whoa...whoa, Vanilla! Mostly vanilla extract in the flavor. Not the best brew. I definitely wouldnít get it again.
Panzuriel (1182) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice restrained spice/winter beer. Very good. Just right balance of spice and hops. Good dlear crisp texture. Very nice.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange-amber color reminds me of cider. Aroma is relatively light and sweet--a good dose of caramel in there...Decent head that dissipates fairly quickly. Nice malty-sweet wave dominates early, followed by a brighter, tangier fruitiness and a spicy and mild hop-dry finish. Generates a little warmth too! This stuff tastes better by the sip when the spicy elements are already on the tongue waiting for company. Very interesting sequence and layering of sensations...Been searching for that certain aroma/flavor in here...Could it be allspice? Such are the mysteries of our happy afflction!
Gusler (2654) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 10, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2003 Release (2003):
The color as it sets in the glass a translucent deep mahogany color with an elephantine sized head that is bubbly in texture and the color a winsome light tan with the lace a thick and concealing curtain upon the glass. Nose is sweet malt, hints of the hop flower, buttery with a bit of tartness to back it up; start is lightly sweet and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is good-humored in its acidity, the hops unexcessive in their spicy bite, sweet and dry aftertaste, once again a fine drinkable beer and one I look forward to each Fall & Winter.
Release 2002: Deep copper in color, the head is modest in size, frothy in texture, light tan in color but dissipates quite quickly leaving behind a fine clinging sheet of lace. Sweet start to the nose, buttery and nice underlying malt tones, with the start malt and sweet, the top skimpy in feel. Hops candid in their spicy bite with the carbonation moderate and the aftertaste dry, and a decent drinking beer, quite refreshing.
Indra (2476) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Soft, spicy, bready aroma with a hint of vanilla and baking spices. Hazy deep orangey-amber color. Head is fairly robust. The alluringly creamy smoothness is the first thing that I notice about this beer. Some light, honey-toasted malt flavors, along with a unique fruitiness, light brown sugar, and I do get a hint of cream soda as well. Finish has a lightly sweet-tart quality, with a touch of hop spice. I wonder whatís in this? Website says Caramel and Crystal malts, but thereís quite a lot going on here in a quiet sort of way. This would make a great after-dinner, dessert type beer. Pretty tasty, even if it is the dead of summer.