fraternie (804) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2012 I actually really enjoyed this beer. Totally different from anything I have ever tried...tasted like a combination between a Scottish Ale and a barleywine to me. Dark color with a large head. Nutty, burnt flavors in the thick, toasty malt, hoppy and well balanced. ABV comes through a little powerfully, but still a nice change of pace. Finishes with a burnt coffee note. Warming. Retaste- I got a lot of fireplace smoke and black licorice on the palate. Still one of my very favorite holiday beers.
JMerritt (1734) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very inviting dark-brown in color, however it lost a point for having NO head at all. Aroma was of damp coffee grounds ... kind of peculiar. Flavor was also very coffee-like, and very rich. This is one heck of a thick ale!
igneous1 (1486) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 23, 2002
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
something bitter in the aroma that i just didnt care for, but the taste made up for it...for me, the taste of cold coffee was overwhelmingly obvious in the finish
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2001
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
gentle pour produces a half inch head; good lace. gorgeous orange brown color, brassy highlights at about pantone 1525. aroma is hoppy citrus fruitcake, and a convivial taste to boot. you just want to go out and jubilate! i don’t know if these hops are kent goldings, cascades or peter cottontails, but if they poured just one bottle of this in with a vat of miller highlife, the miller would be substantially more drinkable-- however, the jubilation would be seriously damaged. classy beer for hopheads. an the 8% alkeehol packsh a little punsh too, hic...
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2001
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A little nutty flavor you can taste the alcohol. Has a strange aftertaste i pick up a little bit of chocolate. Different.