Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Poured A nice dark amber. Spicy aroma , and if I am not mistaken, among the nutmeg and clove I sense vanilla also. The head is small and off-white. There is a nice amount of carbination, not too much or flat and too little. The first taste has caramel. The following taste brought more roasted falvors, with good lacing as it goes down. This is a nice spicy seasonal(winter), with a surprising hoopy finish.
Pailhead (5567) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap: Spicey malty vanilla aroma. Real dark amber. Semi-transparent when head to the light. Small off-white head. Not much up front but real nice chocolate finish with spices and some vanilla. A little citrus makes its way into the finish as well. As it warms it seems to become a little fruity.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice copper color with an off-white head. The aroma is very fruitty. The flavor is like fruitcake in a glass. Some spices present but dominated by a sweet fruitty malt flavor. This would be good beverage for after X-mas dinner.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2005 Rich crimson/amber pour under a whispy off-white head. Spicy, mildly hoppy and fruity aroma whith a strong nutmeg and cinnamon componant. Flavor consistent with the spiced aroma with a nice balance of hops, crisp fruit and spice. Overall a solid traditional holiday/winter beer which compares well with SN Celebration Ale (though not as an IPA).
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this on tap. Not much of an aroma, and poured an amberish color with a small white head. Flavor was interesting, had a spicy, malty flavor, pretty heavy, but had a smooth finish, pretty nice beer overall.
Frank (3297) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber, creamy head. Mild wheat-beer nose with a bit of fruit and spice. Flavor is just loaded with vanilla--very nice and unique to boot. Creamy body and a quick finish.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 Pours a deep reddish-amber color with a short-lived fizzy white head, maybe one finger. The aroma is sweet, fruity, and spicy. Nice caramel malts with an allspice flavoring, candied fruits, and some vanilla. Medium-bodied, it’s got a snappy, spicy finish.
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PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2004 Bottled. (2004) Pours a reddish/golden, with a large puffy snow-white head. Aroma is not very clean, fruity alcohol initially, with vanilla and spiced cherries showing through. Flavor is a little sour, chocolate cover cherries, more vanilla, spiced fruit cake, alcohol, and finishes with a tangy bight. Smooth and medium bodied, very festive and enjoyable.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Amber color with a small white head that diminishes to a tiny ring around the outside of the glass. Aroma has hops, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper, ginger, hops, and a bit of malt. Taste has caramel, tea, nutmeg, ginger, bread, grains. Finishes with a small alcohol kick and bitter spices. Light to medium body, just a bit thin. Pretty nice.
Loddeer (171) - USA - DEC 4, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this one was a real treat. The first sip was warm, I should have refigerated it a little longer. Nonetheless this sip was smooth and delicate. As I continued, I experienced excellent lacing with rich flavoring. The transition makes the beer. One of the best after-tastes I have ever had. It goes down smooth, and the reminants on the palate are even smoother, leaving significant sugary flavors behind like vanilla and gingerbread. Superb complexity, incredible dynamics, each sip surpasses the last. Needless to say, an excellent beer, I was incredibly pleased.