deadguy (42) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown with a nose of cinnamon and citrus. Moderate lacing and head. Initial taste is cinnamon and orange citrus with a finish of light malts. Only a hint of the alcohol. I suggest letting it warm up a bit, the cinnamon is much more apparent as it warms.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at the smokehouse - Aroma is ginger, cinnamon, toffee, caramel, and just a touch of alcohol. Flavor is very similar. Starts sweet with a bit of caramel, toffee and even a touch of honey. Finishes with the ginger, cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg and a nice alcohol warming sensation. Palate is medium bodied and the alcohol is covered very well. Slightly dry yet warm finish. Enjoyable and a nice after dinner sipper..
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 bottle hand bottled by JCW, thanks! Deep brown cola color to the body and even had some head left in it. Aroma gives some hint of the spices used, ginger and cinnamon being somewhat prominent, with a very dry roast as well as as some burnt characteristics. The body has a soft, lazy carbonation, watery at the end, with a fluffy texture to it. Light toffee, dates, licorice and more burnt malt in the background. No hops are apparent, nor is the orange zest. Flavor is initially sweet, but then trails off in to a watery nothingness. If you told me this was 6 percent alcohol, I would believe it. I should have drank this sooner, in all fairness to the beer, but I wanted to share it. I have to give it some credit because I know the beer would taste better fresh on tap. Near the top of my "need to rerate list".
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Earthy, spicy aroma with plenty of roasted malts is appealing. Opaque brown with decent cover of tan head that recedes slowly with some lacing. Malty flavour seems somewhat tired. All the elements suggested by the nose are present but are lacking in punch and overall itís very sweet. Medium-light body with low carbonation is unexciting. Alcohol is never apparent. I didnít even realize it was this strong! Sampled at the post-XBF05 gathering with ClarkVV, Eyedrinkale and Rastacouere.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Post-EBF at Clarkís. Very deep dark brown, generous tan head. Roasty Baltic porter like aroma. Very spicy, allspice, anise, blackberries and earthy dark soil aroma. This seems very good at first, but the palate didnít keep up, tartish and sweetish on a vegetal background. Shallot and tobacco messing around grapes and spices. Light-medium body doesnít feel like itís all there. I fear this has lost some, but this is one of the best alcohol hiding job ever!
sloth (2341) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hand bottled sample thanks to JCW! 12oz. Wow! 11%,kool. Small head, short lived with a touch of spotty lace hanging around. Clear, light amber color. Spicey nose, cinnamon and some notes of nutmeg. Surprisingly light bodied. Lotsa holiday spiceyness, light maltiness. Finish is dry with faint fruity notes and a touch of honey. Thanks John!
DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber body. Smells like a cherry kool-aid mulled with cloves and to a lesser extent, cinnamon. Light pale malt flavor with spicey notes. Not terribly intersting.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Did we all drink from the same bottle, or did I just not appreciate this? I must have still been in awe of the Adam from the Wood. Clear amber with a creamy off-white head. Cloves, orange kool-aid, nutmeg. Sweet water w/ cinnamon and all spice taste. Ok, but too light. And whoa, this was 11.2? I must give them credit for the alcohol masking...
heemer77 (5064) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another hand bottled beer from CaptainCougar. Thanks. Pours a light ruby color with no head. Very malty aroma with oats, nutmeg and allspice. The taste is very light and sweet with a hint of apples. I had trouble getting any other tastes.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a golden lighter orange,. Aroma of sweet oranges, and spice. Flavor again oranges and with a nice malt body. Palate is very smooth. Thanks to Captain Coughar for this one!