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 (4010) - 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 (2286) - 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.