MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 bottle Deep reddish brown cloudy color with a decent off-white head that leaves a good lacing in my glass. Spicy sweet malty aromas, caramel, spicy ginger bread flavors, nice dose of hops. Medium body with a crisp mouthfeel, good carbonation, finishes dry, a great holiday ale.
JK (4157) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2004
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Large head that faded quickly. Brown. Aroma of alcohol and some spice, but not nearly as much as I would like. Flavor of a bitter. Thin palate. Reminds me of young's winter warmer, and that isn't good.
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Muddy red color with a small tan head, and slight lacing. Aroma of spice (ginger, clove)and hops. Sweet chocolate, berry, and caramel taste. Molasses and alcohol as well.
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful dark copper/brown color. Nice head. Flavor was hoppy, slightly piney, and sweet. Classic beery aroma. Pretty good, but nothing really to set it apart from the other holiday ales I have tried.
thegreenrooster (2975) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hazy brown color to start with. The taste is spice, im thinking nutmeg with some cinnamon? Alcohol is the lasting flavor. Overall very smooth and little bitter and quite drinkable in small amounts.
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brownish color with a thin head. Malty nose and taste. Definite presence of spices (cinnamon?). Some odd fruit flavors as well, possibly raisin. I didn't find the mix that appealing. Certainly not terrible, but far better winter brews are out there.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy, red-brown body with a tan head. No lacing.
Malt and sweetness dominate the aroma. Fruity. Some alcohol.
Carmelized malt with some cinnamon dominate the flavor. Some plum/raisin hints.
Rich and full mouthfeel but with a stripping finish of alcohol.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2005 Hazy, reddish-brown body and small silky beige head. Smells of plums, raspberries, cloves, and vanilla. Fruity with a malty, caramel middle plus mulling spices and a hint of chocolate. Nice soft, full body. A tasty holiday beer.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky dark amber color with a thin but lasting cream head. Malty smell with a little hop spiciness present, not too exciting. Sweet malt with earthy,herbal hop flavor at the finish. Didn't notice any roasted malt flavors. Feels good in the mouth, not too thin. Decent winter ale, not much bitterness, but I like it that way this time of year.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2003
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Is listed here as an English Strong Ale. Doesn't taste like such to me. Aroma is of a cheap pale lager, such as one made with adjuncts (corn especially). Color is a nice deep auburn. It's slightly hazy. The label says bottle conditioned, but either it should be filtered or it should have more yeast in the bottle. Taste is thin. Malt profile mainly, but the malt is of a lighter taste than the color suggests. If tasted blind, this could pass for a macro beer or at best one of the feeble bock beers that some regional brewers (Grain Belt, Hamm's) made in the late 1970's or 80's. I'm sorry to contradict other raters, but I think this is a mediocre beer at best.