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..
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice amber color, somewhat hazy, with a tan head that darkens at the edges. Aroma is definitely vanilla and toasted caramel. Flavor is pretty nice. The caramel and strong vanilla blend with milk and a nice sweetness but the overall beer does not work just yet, it seems green and needs time to meld and will do so with age.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Apples, tart cherries, and orange. Some hop bitterness helps to cut through the fruit and caramel sweetness. Malt and vanilla and some hazelnut, too maybe.
TURDFERGUSON (4018) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
wow, this beer had a very different consitency that i expected though i am enjoying more and more with every sip. Body is surprisingly thin and hop presence is all but absent. Aroma is full of fruit-bananas and cherries, also hints of cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla. Very easy to drink with lingering aftertaste of creamy goodness. alcohol well hidden.. ..a very deceiving brew. want to taste last years now!
jcr (2320) - 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.