Crash (526) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 8, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Still not impressed with this brewery. This was boring. Some Scottish ale smokieness. Color is very trasparent. Head quickly dissipates. Body is not thick enough. Flavor is too one dimensional.
JMerritt (1724) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color is dark brown with a tinge of red. Big thick head with nice lacing. Chocolate malt aroma. Initial flavor is strong with malt, turns molasses-y sweet, and finishes slightly hoppy. Very robust coffee-grounds aftertaste. Not very Christmas-y per se, but a pleasant beer.
aracauna (2920) - Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown with a good head. Aromas of hay, lemon and molasses. The flavor is dark but not thick. Woody, molasses. Sweet and meaty but not heavy or chewy.
foduck (328) - Denton, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2003 Enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Malty and strong, a beer to be reckoned with. Good head retention, dark amber body. I didn't expect quality out of this brewery because I was rather unimpressed by their Avalanche Amber. But this is actually decent stuff, a nice surprise.
jsquire (3228) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002: This poured out of the bottle with a pretty garnet color and a nice foamy off-white head. Smells like beer (said my brother-in-law). Very sweet beer with caramel flavors. Nothing special for a
christmas beer, but okay.
PhillyBeer2112 (2473) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 (bottle): (numbers up) - Deep garnet color, small dense fading head. Rich doughy choclolate and cinnamon aroma. Chocolatey buttery sweet toasty flavor, almost bocklike. Balanced finish. Nice. 2001 tasting (draft): Malty and zingy, with warming cinnamonish notes. Is it spiced? I donít think so, but its got something unusual going on. I had this at a place that uses nitro to push all their beers, I donít know if this is also nitrogenated, but it had some dissolved nitro in it and it was extremely creamy, with an almost warm-milk aroma. I donít know if thats an intended part of the flavor profile, but it was interesting.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very smooth and I liked the sugary caramel flavor, couldnít taste the chocolate though. I think they just slapped on a Christmasy label to boost sales, though.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very pretty to look at. Burnt sugar permeates. Nice bitter finish. Doesnít taste particularly like a holiday brew, just an average strong ale. It loses points for a harsh metallic edge.
Nastrass (58) - Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice amber color. Small white head with a little lacing. Not the usual spicyness that I enjoy. Not bad overall.