badgerben (4529) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Near black color with a thin head. Coffeeish aroma with a little bit of cherry. The taste was delicious: chocolate, coffee, dark cherry, and an ample supply of roasted-goodness. Damn fine brew.
pivo (2610) - GERMANY - DEC 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hoppy and nutty nose - very strong, fresh and bright aroma. Dark clear, shimmering brown color with a tall fluffy tan head. Creamy toasted malt taste with some woody qualities, but the hops really dominate this flavor profile. Almost like an IPA, really. Some spices come through too. Medium body. Needs more malt body to counter the hops, but still a very good beer.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. I got this from Kaggie97, thanks Kevin! Pours a nice deep mahogany color with a creamy head that laces wonderfully. Nose is deep malt, sweet toffee and a little coffee. Good sweet malty flavor with a light coffee finish. Flavor is just like the nose, with a nice bite and a good creamy body. Boy, this one laces like crazy! This is a solid brew with not a lot of hoppiness until it hits you at the very end. I really like the warmth that it creates as you continue to consume. Is this wonderful pairing of malt, spice and hops the work of man or God? Some nice work was done in this brew. I enjoyed this one a lot.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Subtle Aroma and Flavor. Crisp, Hoppy...Fruity? Hoppy Ending. Not My Favorite Winter Ale.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
English strong ales mean christmas this year. Delicious brew with some chocolate notes. Nutty as well. A beautiful looking and smooth thick beer. Deloosh.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2005 I was fortunate to find this great offering from Avery earlier tonight on draught. Very good pour, dark blue. Tasted similar to the Rogue Santa Special but better. The aroma was much weaker then the taste. Toffee is a good way to describe the taste. The taste was great. This brewery has been quite impressive. I must try more of their beers.
DocLock (8158) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to npdemse for this. Pours a wonderful deep shade of ruby with a big, light tan head. Aroma of malt, nutmeg, slight port, toffee. Great complex taste that presented some nuts, toffee, chocolate, cinnamon with a semi-dry finish. Firm palate with a nice balance. This one is a winner.
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Better than expected. Sharp taste...very easy going down. Beautiful dark . Although it states cellarable for 2 years...it wouldn’t last that long in my house.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2004
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brownish red with a thin tan head. Aroma is slight coffee and dark malts. Shows some signs of infection in the aroma with a slight but noticable wet cardboard and garbage smell. Flavor is a mild coffee and a mild spice.
Pailhead (5243) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Nice roasted malt with a little caramel, chocolate, and some black licorice. Pours a dark reddish-brown with an insignificant white head. Not much up front, just a little roastiness. Roastiness increases in the finish with a touch of chocolate, caramel, and hops. Pretty strong coffee in the finish. Not as much strength in the flavor as aroma would indicate.