JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JAN 19, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color(some amber too), medium thin body with a full, off-white/cream head. Smells of malt, winter spice and tart hops. Taste is sweet and spicy with cinnamon and clove riding a nice base of malt. Perfect amount of sweetness and I think I taste a little vanilla. However, there is some wateriness that detracts from the overall palate. Spicy and sweet aftertaste.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark and malty. Smooth and not roasty tasting. Sort of red in appearance. Pretty good!
Foxbush (1198) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice head that quickly disappeared. Dark amber color with excellent clarity. Hint of spices and hops. Smoooth flavor with some maltiness.
Very pleasant would like to try from the tap.
raymow (775) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent spiced/sweet flavor. Great dark amber color. This is my kind of beer. Another excellent brew from AV.
Crit (3218) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear brown, very thin head.Vanilla nose.Vanilla fore, possibly blackberry mid, malty and mildly hopped finish
Braudog (5455) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rosy red and flat. Vaguely chocolate-strawberry flavored. Mellow. I'd call it "so-so."
3fourths (7770) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown and red with a generous head. Musty aroma of hops, wheat, and wood. Sweet cherry syrup and wood flavor. A dry, hoppy finish under a very sweet cherry and pine flavor. Pretty good.
jsquire (3308) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2003 Clear amber with a lasting off white head and a fruity nose. Tastes almost like there is raspberry syrup in it. Some spice and hop flavors, but I get too much medicinal fruit and artificial vanilla. NOt bad but I remember liking other years better.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 bottle. An appealing reddish-brown color with a fair amount of head and lacing. Malty aroma with a hint of spices. The initial taste is sweet, a little cherry nut flavor. As the beer warms up the fruity, malty character comes through. All leads to a bit dry finish. A nice seasonal in which I will look forward to having again.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2004 re-rate 11/26/2004: on draft Hollingshead, Orange CA.
didn’t have the flat finish that I noted before. Tasty.
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This pours a crystal clear mahogany color with a quickly disappearing faded yellow head. The color of the beer is very nice. The flavor of the beer is malty but finishes fairly flat. The aroma is a bit fruity, but I noted some spices too.