jcr (2256) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma of this seasonal is strong and sweet. Fruits — raspberry, cherries and a hint of banana — combine with caramel and sweet malt notes. The flavor follows the aroma with the sweet malts and fruits dominating. There is a slight bitterness at the end, but not much hop presence, perhaps because this was a 2004 bottle. Thin to medium body which is slightly sticky in the mouth, but nicely carbonated. Smooth finish.
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice dark amber. Aromas of sweet malt/vanilla/hint of chocolate. Sweet malty taste with hints of vanilla and chocolate with a little hop on the backend.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy deep amber red with a nice amount of foamy white head. Looks delicious! Aroma is sweet and malty, slightly citrusy, cloves and cinnamon, bananna. Flavor is incredibly smooth, but not in a weak watery sense. Very distinct vanilla cream flavor with slight hoppy undertones and some cinnamon spice thrown in for good measure. Overall, an excellent holiday ale.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 Bottle: Thick, cloudy amber pour. Fruity aroma touches on pears and cherries and a bit of sweet malt. The body is sugary sweet, but not so much that it is cloying. More like it is dusted with powdered sugar. The sweetness is balanced with spicy hops and caramel malts, creating a truly unique profile. The finish is vanilla and cream, which unfortunately overpowers the hop spiciness. Although this could use a little more hop balance, this is an interesting warmer to say the least.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red orange with a small film of light tan head. Caramel, and spicy vegetal aromatics. Vanilla yogurt and earthen spiciness. Sweet and spicy finish. Mouthfeel is medium, almost creamy.
brainskins (14) - evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a turbid orange-amber with a small quickly dissipating white head. Smells like a butterscotch and a little vanilla. Tastes of caramel, vanilla, butterscotch and maybe a little like crreme soda with some nice added spice for the finish.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 24, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown appearance. Just slightly nutty aroma. The shocker is the dominate chocolate flavor. Maybe a little bit of vanilla, but I say chocolate. smooth textured. Not bad by any means, but different surely. I liked it, but it’s just not my style. This brew could use some more hoppy characteristics to make it balance out. Certainly worth a try. THAT MEANS YOU.
beerbastard (744) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mild nose nothing stands out. Clear chestnut brown very inviting. Smooth medium bodied. Vanilla really comes thru, Finishes smooth too.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 Nice deep brown red color. Quickly fading head. Smells like chocolate cherries with some flower and a light, pleasant nuttiness. The complex aroma finishes with light raspberry and vanilla. Flavor is tinitially a touch sweet, with oasty malts and a light hoppy acidity. Light spiciness not nearly as exuberant as in the aroma. Lingering finish that coats the mouth; the body is thick yet leaves your mouth feeling very clean. Mirthful alcohol warming.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes 16Nov05:
Pours a clear dark amber color with a thick off-white head that fades quickly, and leaves behind just a little lacing.
Smell; a little nutmeg, caramel, cherries. Very fruity and spicy smell.
Taste; lots of spiced fruits, partuclary cherries. There’s some caramel, and just a litlle bit of a hop twang in the finish. Gets a little to sweet when it gets closer to room temp. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with just enough carbonation.