ebrowner88 (123) - Rice, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2008 Beautiful deep brown/amber color. 2 finger head. Sweet caramel malt with a little pear nose. Heavier and more complex then I would have expected. Malty taste, sweet, more creamy mouthfeel then a brown ale but similar initial taste. Flavor turns roasted chocolate at finish with very little bitterness. you can tell a lot of thought went into the choice of malts. Very good beer. I would drink again.
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Prunish aroma along with roasted coffee. Semi-carbonated, not much lace on glass. Oily mouthfeel. Malty at first taste, then nice dry finnish. A good beer.
Airlifter (118) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - AUG 1, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a caramel color with a large tan head. Mild aroma; a bit of hops and alcohol. Flavor is very hoppy with some bitter coffee and charcoal. Medium body and carbonation.
Kuzo (116) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a mahogany with thin tan head. Aroma is roasted nutty malts with hints of cocoa. Flavor is strong roasted malts, coffee, with a nice dry bitterness on the finish. This one is a bit heavy on the palate but has a crisp bite. The alcohol is hidden well which makes this drinkable. Has a slight resemblance to a scotch ale. Very good winter seasonal.
pepperford (115) - robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pleasant dark red coloring with a little lacing on the glass. Nutty, malty and spicy taste with a rounded, almost oily mouth feel. A nice winter beer. Would go good with beef tips or a nutty cheese, or maybe nuts.
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a foamy thick head. Aromas of toffee, caramel, and sweet malts. Tastes sweet and nutty with toffee, and caramel. Hops are well hidden beneath the malts. Nice winter ale in the English strong ale style. High alcohol content and the big malt profile makes this one a sipper.
jeg (114) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red- brown color, with a medium sized tan head. Nose is malty with molasses. Malty, caramel, cookie taste. Very nice.
JCastner (112) - New York, USA - JAN 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark cherry or deep, deep burgundy (almost black). Aroma is first of fruit (cherries, raspberries), caramel, and then of some butter. Mouthfeel is medium/heavy almost chewy. Taste is first of sweet malt, followed by some bitterness, and then a spicy finish. What a wonderful seasonal.
tilldeath (109) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2009
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Good mouthfeel was about it, too malty and the alcohol in thus one came through almost sour with a hot finish, says in the description no spices used and it’s true. That is where I think this beer could be much better, with some spice added.
UofFkid (108) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber pour with small lacing. Nice molasses aroma upon opening, very nice. Big fan of Holiday beers, this is a nice offering.