raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Figures,this bottle has to be last years. Clear dark red,light brown. Lovely,tight beaded,khaki head. Tons of lace. Oxidized malty aroma:nuts,toffee,dark bread. Mouthfeel is very creamy,with soft carbonation. Slick nutty,chocolate,toasty malt flavors. Very clean,and lingering flavors. Finish is also malty,with lots of toffee,and toasty notes. Just the slightest hint of hops. Damn,I thought I wasn't going to be able to rate this when I smelled it,but luckily the flavor didn't suffer at all. Can't wait to get a fresh bottle. Good beer.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer poured a brownish red color with a spotty tall head and left a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was very malty and had a fruity smell as well, but I can't pinpoint what fruits. The flavor was big on malts with some citrus notes. Very easy to drink and a nice full bodied beer.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark black with decent bubbly tan head. Nutty and malty aroma. Nice lacing. Mostly malty with light hops and chocolate. Bourbon and wood alcohol finish. Very warming, indeed. A really good English Strong Ale.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JAN 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish mahogany, relatively clear appearance, moderate head formation. Malty aroma, caramel and roasty. Sweet nutty malt flavor, some chocolate, decent hop citiric bitterness in the finish.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice body and beautiful color (dark red). Nice bittering hops, too, if you like that sort of thing. First thing that came to my mind was a dark IPA, which is sort of an oxymoron. Good stuff but certainly not the best beer in their line up.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear dark mahogany body topped by a mostly frothy (some creaminess) light tan head. Big whiff of caramel and loads of hops. The flavor is huge roasted malt and toffe with tons of spicy bitter hops. Very nice! Full bodied. The finish is surprisingly dry given the big body, the finish is long and very pleasing. A very nice brew.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby mahogany color with off-white creamy head and lacing in sheets of the same color. The aroma is moderately hoppy, spicy (pine) and sweet with caramel malt. The flavor is moderately bitter but well balanced by the underlaying sweetness and the abnormally high final gravity in these winter beers. Finishes dry and spicy but ends quick. A good winter seasonal from another unattainable Colorado brewer.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fairly dark brown with slightly reddish hues on the edges. Small head of white that leaves litte lace. Malt, hops, and spices are coming through mostly. Nuts are there as well. Again, the flavors are similar. The hops are coming through quite a bit more than malts in the flavors. Some nuts. It says no spices, but I swear there is something in there. Medium body, smooth palate that finishes with a touch of hops. Thanks acrodizer!
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown color with a tan head. A strong toasted nuty malt aroma with a rich flavor producing the same. Medium body with hearty malt finish with caramel toffee and subtle floral hops.
Beaver (1270) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Old Jubilation poured a dark reddish-brown with a medium head that quickly went down to a nice lacing and collar. It had a very appealing citrusy, malt smell. It had a big malt taste with some citrus tones that was nicely balanced with a slightly hoppy finish. Overall, a very nice, highly drinkable holiday brew.