igneous1 (1475) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
deep copper/amber color. no head really. aroma is fruity and malty..didnt really find the flavor all that spicy, but do pick up a hint of celery in the aftertaste.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 sparkling clear amber in color with a thin head of small off-white grainy bubbles..nose was full of spice, squish, and toffee..mmmm..Now this is how a winter beer should be..the spices are evident but not cloying..the after taste is sweet, bitter, and spicy combined in such a lovely way..there’s notes of cinnamon, cloves, banana, vanilla, custard..mmm mmm goooooood!
Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, 2002. I am not normally a fan of flavored or spiced beers, but this wasn’t bad. The malty punch of this beer blends nicely with the moderate use of vanilla. Not something I would drink everyday, and I would not have a second, but worth a taste.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, 2002. Deep copper, spicy and vanilla aroma. Interesting mix of flavors from fruits to vanilla and nutmeg, slight bitter finish. Very nice beer and definitely a top notch seasonal.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 17, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hoppy sweet fruity aroma.Medium red appearance.Flavors of mild hops then ripe strawberries and peaches.Strawberry cotton candy aftertaste.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 16, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really liked this. Very malty without any overpowering hop presence. Some rasberry and nutmeg flavor. OH SOO GOOOD!
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2001 edition. I think Silky nailed this one right on the head. Creamy and full of spice and especially the vanilla. This is one of my favorite Winter seasonals.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting beer. Nice, orange-copper color. Very full lokking. Minimal head. Earthy hop aromas mingle with bread and cookie dough aromas. Some spice (ginger and cloves??) in the nose. This has good balance between bready malt and earthy hops. The spiciness (I’m thinking ginger and cloves again)provides a pleasant added dimension. Gets a little twangy as it warms and the finish seems muddled - sweet and bitter at the same time. Alcohol is fairly noticable as the beer warms. Nice body. Enjoyable, but not the best winter seasonal.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was pretty clutch. Comes off full bodied with a nice sweet chocolate like taste to it. Smooth finish, real malty. My only complaint is that it’s a little overcarbonated, but not too much to ruin the beer. A worthy winter seasonal.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great chilly Fall beer. A slight orange aftertaste with a small bite makes this beer a fine fine beverage which allows you to have several in one sitting.