JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 bottle. Reddish amber body, frothy and fastly fading off-white head. Aroma has berries, amber-style malt, sweet shampoo. Hmm... taste has a strange fruity shampoo character too. Flavor is like an amber ale with some sweet spices and raw vanilla. Some spices like nutmeg last into the finish. A bit too fizzy. But not bad overall. Pretty decent beer.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2010 Current rating is for 2009 bottle.
2009 bottle - Pours dark amber and cloudly. Notes of tart yeast, cherry, cinnamon, leather and pale malt. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Ar6 Ap3 Ta6 Mf3 Ov12
2007 bottle - Pours dark ruby with a mostly receding tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and fruity toffee. Taste is earthy toffee, cinnamon, and light holiday spices. Mouthfeel is full bodied and slightly sticky with moderate carbonation. Bready and sweet.
Ar7 Ap4 Ta7 Mf5 Ov15
2006 bottle - Pours reddish-amber with a mostly receding white head and an efferevescent body. Aroma of sweet caramel, nutmeg, gingerbread, and toffeed alefruits. Taste is sweet with notes of oak, vanilla, caramelized malts, clove and unique spices. Mouthfeel is medium/full and sticky with moderate carbonation. Pretty good winter beer.
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
lots of vanilla in the aroma and flavor.....also some spices......i think that it is a little overly spiced, but was still very enjoyable......tastes kind of like egg-nog beer....
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2005 From Bottle
Poured ruby brown, with off white bubbly, fast disappating head. Aroma of spices, fruits, and malts. Flavor complex. Hints of spices (nutmeg, allspice, Cinnamon) and fruits such as cherries. Hints of Vanilla, caramel, and slight chocolate flavor toward the end of the brew. Nice warming alcohol flavor, but not overdone or overpowering. Rich, smooth, and creamy. Very drinkable and the 6.9% sneaks up on you. This is the best of the winter brews i’ve had so far. (2005)
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 bottle. Pours brown/amber with a thin white head. Smells of yogurt, cherries, apricots. Taste is of gingerbread, spice, some fruit and chocolate. Very unusual, but tasty. Thanks Andre!
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at a 2005 Christmas and Winter beer tasting at Delilah’s, Chicago, IL. 2004 vintage. Hazy amber ale having a small diminishing white head. No discernable carbonation. Nice spice and candy malt aroma. Medium bodied that starts with a spicy, chocolate, toasted candy malt flavors, similar to chocolate-coated malt balls. Finishes with light malt aftertaste. A good drinkable winter brew.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish amber color with a malty aroma, taste was mostly malt with some Christmas cookie anise spice in the backgroung, not to much hop. Another one of those ok but not outstanding holiday brews
Norton (329) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Holy caramel flavoring! Pretty murky light orange color w/ light tan head that mostly dissipates. Floral nose. Silky mouthfeel. Extremely enjoyable brew. Not too sweet - reminds me of a liquified Werther’s Original caramel candy somewhat!!! Even some faint milky vanilla taste. Well balanced mild carbonation. Great!!
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
this winter beer was a deep ruby red in color with a nice off-white head.aroma is off earth,vegtible beets,some malts,and a tiny bit of hops.the flavor is alot like the "boont" ale from anderson.only with some brown sugar,and cinnamon as well.pretty solid stuff.
swatskee (17) - Ohio, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
amber color, beige head. malty fruity nose.. very light hop underlayer in the nose. nice body with a great malty sweetness on the palate, hint of chocolate with a nice smooth spicy finish..