Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quintessential holiday ale. If there is a definition of what an American holiday ale is supposed to taste like, then this is it. Warm, red, spicy, cinnamon like, itís all there. I would not want to drink this all year íround, but at this time itís just right. BTW - i had no idea that this was 8% until I saw it here, after drinking it. Rating just went up.
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice and dark with a crimson hue; sticky lace patterns. Sugary - with a hint of spice - aroma. Roasted brown sugar malt flavors. Spices are subtle, blending well with the bitter hops in the finish. A little tangy in the finish also.
hotbod47 (26) - flint, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
i donít usually enjoy the roasted flavor/aroma in beer. this did however have an appealing mouthfeel. very sweet at the begining with a bitter roasted finish. the hops of which i am a big fan were very much present throughout the taste.
sloth (2466) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2002
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tan head, brown accents. Fades quicklyleaving a little lace.Maalty aroma.Dark brown color with orange highlights, very pleasing to the eyes.Some chocolate malt flavors, sweetish.Medium mouthfeel.Some hop? spicyness.Slight bitterness in the finish.Well balanced brew.Not memorable though.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - NOV 8, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful brew. Sticky and spicy. Fairly sweet. Great winter warmer.
SirHopsAlot (44) - Cockeysville, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a well made beer. A wonderful roasted malt taste comes out in this brew. A nice winter beer.
Ernest (6187) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2011 2011 bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark orange-brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain/nuts), lightly hoppy (apricot), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Not much happening in the nose, but itís pleasant enough...some vitamin B odor is undesirable but mild. Very sweet but just balanced enough to be drinkable. Good mouthfeel. Overall ok.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled 9/26/02) Beautiful deep brown color. The nose is malty, nutty, and spicy. The palate is rich and fairly well hopped. A complex, nutty and roasty ale that will warm my winter.
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great chocolate aroma. The flavor continues along with a slight fruit flavor from the aroma hops. Good but could be a little smoother.
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 6, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2005 re-rate-one of my first ratings on the site-had to go back and have this again at falling rock taphouse-Denver, Co. pours a deep ruby red hue with a beige head. good lacing! hops-citrus and piney with caramel and toffee tones. i didnít get these nutty and mocha notes. I did in the 2001 batch, but not this one. more hops than anything else.