jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours the most beautiful ruby red with a thick beige head. Aroma is spicey with vanilla. Taste is moderately sweet with notes of caramel, molasses, dark fruits, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and some cinnamon with a hint of alcohol. Medium/light body with subtle carbonation. Nothing great but an enjoyable holiday brew.
bu11zeye (11978) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with mahogany highlights and an average-sized off-white head. Aroma of fruit cake and winter spices. Flavor of sweet malt, nutmeg, raisins, maple syrup, and a hint of cinnamon and other spices. Moderately sticky mouthfeel.
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma: Candy-sweet malt with some spices in the nose. No hop. Bready, cinnmanony, and estery.
Appearance: Very cloudy, murky brownish tea-color. Short lived head.
Flavor: Sherryish oxidative and malt notes, no hop. Decent complexity.
Mouthfeel: Unpleasant astringency in the mouth and back of throat. Carbonation is too low, a little more would enhance the flavor.
Overall: OK Winter Ale.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber, beige head. Vanilla aroma with some nutmeg and fruit. Starts out fruity, followed by some dryness from hops. Medium bodied, no sign of the alcohol. Pretty nice. A bit more body, a little less hop prescence in the flavor(and the dryness) and this could be something top notch.
Cobra (1100) - - NOV 13, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere. Poured out a deep amber color, with a decent tan colored head. Aromas are of fresh malts, spices, and fruits. Tastes are of too much cinnamon for my liking, too much nutmeg also. Tastes more like a pumpkin pie than anything else. Thin mouthfeel, and body. Nothing to write home about, IMHO.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin tan head. Apples, spice, and caramel on the nose. It smelled like Christmas. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Apples, brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon on the tongue. A great beer for guests for the holidays. I think the average beer drinker would enjoy this one. These seasonal beers are making me wish it was closer to Christmas.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004- Aroma is caramel, nutmeg, cookie dough. Ruby body, with light tan head. PERFECT mouthfeel, thick, full, chewy. Taste is gingerbread, caramel, oak. Very nice brew and something I will have to get more of.
bb (7051) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Ruby-Mahogony colored beer with a good creamy off-white head. Aroma of fruit - citrus, plum, cherries - sweet malt and spice. Flavor is spicey fruitiness - caramel, brown sugar, plum, raisin, nutmeg, and more and more vanilla as it warms. Good smooth and clean beer.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great looking beer, dark red, thin creamy head, awesome sweet malty aroma, kinda fruity, very rich and full bodied taste, hints of molasses, cream, and brown sugar, also a nice hop presence.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2005 Bottle poured a nice red with a good head. Nice sweet aroma witha sweet creamy flavor and a bit of a spicy finish.
Not bad at all.