BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Deep amber hue with a frothy off-white head and okay lacing. The aroma has notes of piney and grassy hops, clove, coriander, pepper, caramel and crystal malt and a touch of butterscotch. Nice layer of flavors with a subdued spicy and bitter character supported by citric notes. Bready and mocha malt background prior to a finish of ginger. The feel is lively and crisp, very refreshing indeed. I like this very much, this lastest batch seems a major improvement over the Xmas ale of old.
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber, little head. Fruity aroma with some alcohol and cocoa. Fruity caramel flavor. Some alcohol burn. Ok body. Somewhat one dimensional.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours brown with a frothy offwhite head that stays pretty well and laces decently. Aroma of caramel malts, some cinnamon and cloves and a touch of ginger. Flavor is mostly malts. Caramel, chocolate, some clove sneaks in with a little ginger and some smoke. Some pine-like hops finish off each sip. Palate is medium bodied but leans a little towards the watery side. Very drinkable. Not bad..
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz - Aroma is slighty hoppy, sweet malt, and a touch of cinnamon. Pours a garnet with a small head that dissapates to leave great lacing. Flavor is carmel malt followed by some hops and not much spice. Palate is thin and watery. Not bad, but nothing special.
Silphium (3192) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I tried this a few years ago and remember a somewhat thin, but tasty and cola-like, beer. The second time around, I realized this is actually a hop-driven beast, with a toasty, spicy body barely containing the big piney (Glacier?) hops. As the beer warmed there were hints of anise on the palate. Not exactly what I remembered, but not terrible. Nonetheless, I was a bit disappointed.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with a small off-white head. Strong pine scent reminescent of a christmas tree. Malty flavor with earthy and pine hops and some ginger to accent. I could see drinking this with the family while opening gifts on X-mas day.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance is brown, wiht a skim of creamy white head. Aroma is malty, hint of hops, citrusy, not spicy. Smooth palate, but not creamy. Very malty flavory, warming alcohol, hops on the finish. Not bitter. Very good, great use of hops in this brew. Not bitter at all, but great hints of it. Good hop burp, if you like that sort of thing.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This has a really nice pour, a clear reddish-brown body with a creamy, beautiful lacing, tan head. The aroma is a rich malt with plums, alcohol, some ginger, and other spices. A bit thin in the mouth, it’s got a malty, rooty, gingery, peppery, alcoholic flavor that follows with a sweet, warm finish. Not remarkable, but eminantly drinkable.
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MrBunn (2738) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2005 Beautiful dark brownish-red pour with a massive cream head... maybe a little bit too frothy, but that’s splitting hairs. Great lacing. Aroma is a bit weak, of malt, maybe a bit of spice and very mild fruit/hops. The only flaw in the taste is that it comes off as a bit watery about midway through it’s development on the palate. I would agree with heemer’s detection of a tea-like flavor, there is certainly something tangy in there. Also flavors of christmas cheer... There is a slight warmth to it, but it still retains its crispness. Grassy aftertaste with a ginger/cinnamon spicing comes and goes. Not bad, but I’d like a little more complexity.
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 12, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark amber body with a thin white head. The aroma was fresh with a little bit of oranges. There is also some iced tea. Reminds me a little bit of an Oktoberfest. The taste has some sweet ginger bread with some light cinnamon in the finish. There is also a little bit of tea and grass. This has a lot of carbonation. There is a slightly metallic hint to the finish.