JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 15, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice lookin pour: deep mahogany color w/ a thin off white head. The flavor & aroma is lightly spiced. However, the alcohol is a bit too apparent for me.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2004 2003 bottle. Pours a deep red with some dark fiery oranges. Lightly hazy, and unfiltered but not bottle conditioned. Big oatmeal colored head. Smells of alcohol, toasted malt, chinooks and a light yeasty brown bread aroma. Opens up smooth, fluffy and almost creamy. Great carbonation (very little), no thinning whatsoever. At first, when about 45-50 degrees, the flavor is mainly a lightly sweet malt mixed in with some alcohol. But as it warms a beautiful chinook flavor emerges and spices things up. Cherries, almonds, more toasted grains and some sweet molasses. Body is medium and for all of its smooth texture and lack of thinning, it does not exactly pour on the flavor. Very subtle and restrained. Damned good though and I can really appreciate the relatively low alcohol. Great stuff, and many thanks to Jeffin for sendin this to me. 2003 bottle aged one year Much smoother, more mellow and less carbonated. Still, the flavor is not exactly intense or even very full, but the body is good and smooth as I have come to expect and enjoy from boulevard. Lazy bubbles arise, some light yeast notes from the bottle conditioning, chocolate in the distance; but no real purpose, it seems.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The time of chestnut-roasting may have nestled to the back of our memories now, but the chill outside still beckons for a winter ale, so let's see how this one holds up...Intriquing appearance, not quite brown, more than red, with a firm, but fallible, toasted tan head of foam. Aroma is evident at first pour, and on initial sniff we encounter mild spices, mellow fruit, dark ones, grape, cherry, plum, etc., and a solid, sweet maltiness. Taste: Nice hoppy buzz at the top, pleasing the palate, spicy/fruity flavor climbs to the fore and washes over the mouthfeel. At once sweet and somewhat sharp. Medium body, but full with flavor, with a tasty, pungent finish, that glides softly off the palate. Best-by date of 2/01/04 is stamped on the bottle, but this sample actually tastes better than the ones I had six weeks ago! Has a Belgian feel to it, actually. And I can dig it.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
red-brown body with an almond colored head. malty nose with a hint of sweetness. malty, caramel taste with some hints of tea and a small amount of roasted-ness in the finish. thanx to santa-acrodizer for this hook-up!
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 (4615) - St. Louis Park, 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 (5411) - 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 (3310) - 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 (4504) - 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.