Crit (3306) - 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 (5574) - 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 (7855) - 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 (3387) - 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.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Unlike my buddy urbnhautebourg i happened to have enjoyed this brew,granted it was middle of the road flavor but it was fairly decent IMO.Nice amber color,small head that faded quickly.The aroma was malty and spicy with hints of what almost smells like my Spruce beer but in a much fainter appearance.So i guess you'd have to call it piney i guess with a mild hop presence.The flavor was malty and caramle with a very mild fruit presence and just a faint hint of the pine coming through.The finish was a bit dry and hoppy.Not a bad brew fairly decent and fairly well done IMO.Well worth trying again if you ask me.
TChrome (1409) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yummy aroma. Very spicy, floral with notes of spruce. Appearance is nice light amber with big fluffy off white head that is fully retained. Flavor is tasty. Very spicy, I think you can taste the spruce. Overall very good.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep, rich mahogany color with a thick white head. Nothing remarkable about the aroma. If there was a vanilla scent to it, I didn't notice. Flavor was nothing special.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very inviting, malty, caramel nose with very subtle spice and some alcohol as well. Gorgeous reddish amber color. Light carbonation and head. Taste is very malty and warming. Delicious. Some hops for a little balance, but malt and alcohol are the driving forces here. One of my favorite holiday beers!