paiste2002 (185) - Saugus, California, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle pours a hazy copper color with a nice white head that left some very nice lace behind. Aroma is huge fig, malt and spice. Flavor is malt up front, fig, raisin, honey and some vanilla. finish is spicy, figs and biscuit.
Kind of reminds me of a fig newton. Nice beer, I look forward to trying more from this brewery.
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy golden amber, almost the color of natural honey. Practically no head, but a trace amount of lacing remains throughout. A restrained aroma mainly of stone fruit. Taste is more complex. Sweetness dominates, with stone fruit (cherry and fig) leading the way, followed by alcohol (brandy). Tastes of brown sugar and oak are also noticeable. Mouthfeel is watery, but slightly prickly. In sum, a fine beer, but one that almost tastes more like a scotch ale than the "Christmastime" dark ale that I had expected. Worth a try if you favor boozy, fruity beers.
shigaleale (20) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma - caramel, toffy, cinnamon and there’s distinctive yeasty aroma.
Apperance - light amber orange, with not much head
Taste - thin caramel flavour at the beginning and then spicy chinotto’s bitter (used in Campari) after taste. bit of tartness
Palate - medium bodyied, bit sticky and soft carbonation. long finish