kramer (5686) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, via ericmc83. Cloudy light brown pour with a small off-white head. Generous amounts of carbonation retains head well. Deep resiny hop aroma up front, with a sweet toffee malt base. Very sweet malt up front with a resiny/earthy hop bitterness in the middle. This just lacks any sort of depth or complexity. My vote for the style of this is Dumbed Down Barley Wine. Pretty thin with a watery finish, fine carbonation but too much of it. Boring mouthfeel. Not so good this one. Very weak in both flavor and complexity. Pretty confused after I saw so many high ratings when I entered this.
Patrickctenchi (5663) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish-amber with huge tan head ( into a chilled footed pilsner) awesome lace. Still has a head at 9/10.....Hops in the nose, mild sweet citrus, spice. some rubber/vinyl. Taste is spicy,, grains, malt, pine....very pleasant. slight bitter aftertaste. a good offering. enjoyed this one a lot.
notalush (5623) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber beer - earthy, fruity nose, with some juicy melon rind and cherry, indicating almost nothing about what the flavor will bring - taste is herbal and hoppy up front, followed by some biscuity malt, gingerbread - some earthy, almost oxidized character, and a touch of acidity - in this beer, the prematurely aged thing kind of works, though - a touch of tartness, followed by warming spices and peppery hops in the finish - a lot more full and warming than you would expect, considering the abv - I like it, but the aroma needs work.
nuplastikk (5568) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz shorty bottle. Thick red-brown color with a steady beige-ish head. I really have a hard time accurately describing this one. It’s not that it’s so unique, it’s more that it captures so many flavors. Thick and rich, with some amber malt and other thicker specialty malt tones. Almost tastes spiced, not unlike a Pumpkin beer in an odd way. Fruity ale yeast notes couple well with these tastes certainly. Solidly hopped, with a nice bitter warming aftertaste.
JK (5559) - 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.
Iphonephan (5541) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 12 oz bottle. Pours a clear mahogany with an off white head. Aroma of cloves. Flavors of fruitcake. Smooth finish.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Pizza Port. Dark copper brown with a creamy white head. Sweet malt and molasses aroma and taste with some mild sweet spices in the finish and some toffee notes.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby black color with nice off-white/tan head and a tad of lacing. The aroma is mainly hoppy with a very noble edge to it and a slight spicy, nuttiness to it as well. The flavor is very well balanced, I really like this one. A touch of spice covers a dark hoppy ale with a warm wool blanket. Thanks acrodizer!
jgb9348 (5427) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep amber coloured body with tints of brown with a tan head that tops the beer nicely. Aroma of toffee, raisins and peaches with some hops and malt thrown in the mix too. Medium-bodied; Strong initial malty taste showing some hops with a bunch of nuts and toffee also. Aftertaste is a bit bittering up front with some sweetness lingering further behind. Overall, a decent beer - not too unusual for a Christmas beer - but worth trying if you can find it. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle pulled from an 8-pack sampler purchased at Sam’s Wine & Liquors in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on 15-December-2005.
EithCubes (5426) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A fresh 2008 bottle. Lovely (and surprising!) hop aroma, at least initially, a citric hop powerhouse reminiscent of Sierra Nevada’s best, some pale malts and faint ginger. Spicy nutmeg touch but again, faint. Carbonated ruby-amber body with a soapy beige head. Taste is heavy caramel and lesser citrus and red berry, dry and bready with a crisp attack and medium body that bears some quaffing. Light acidic tang. Very dark and earthy aftertaste, dry and bitter without blowing any minds. Gently warming. A little spitz of grape. A little caramelized sugar up in the far front and floral notes rounding out the sides. Good sipping winter warmer, if a little … syrupy? Wearing.