Metalhead (627) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 This stuff is differant every year. Two years ago it was BAD. Bitter nutty malt and pine sap.
The 2004 is awesome. Mild malt,caramel and a bit of sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden. Very smooth well balanced brew. I loved the first 6 pack so much I bought 2 cases. This more along the lines of a great winter warmer rather than a true x-mas brew.
Update. The more I drink this the more I like it. Nothing out there. Just so well balance a tasty.Obviously the 9 I gave was for the style and has Nothing on a St. Bernardus.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark transparent brown with no head. Slight spice in the aroma. A little ginger flavor and thatís about it. Itís an easy drink just not enough spice for a "Christmas ale".
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This reminds me more of a dry Amber than a Christmas Ale. Itís not bad, but it could be much more "Christmasy." Better than Shiner Winter by a frigginí mile, though.
badgerben (4387) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2004
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark brown color with no head. Slight malt aroma. Very watery and bitter taste, but with nothing to support the bitter. Definitely on the metallic side. "Fermented equivalent of a good fire"? More like the equivalent of a mediocre boxed wine.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown, like Coke, with no head, just a ring of bubbles. Slightly metallic taste. Tastes kind of like corn flakes. Notes of caramel, smoke, sweetened coffee, and bittering hops come out. There is a good malt presence here, there is a good hop presence here, but something about this just aíint right. It isnít bad, but for some reason it isnít sitting right with me. But, all in all, it is very drinkable.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Darker Brown Coloring. Little Carbonated. No Trace of Alcohol. Little Malty. Bitter Overall and Would Agree With a Metallic Taste. I Think They Bottled the Wrong Beer, Judging By the Description.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small malty aroma. No head. Dark red color. Medium-light bodied. Some nice sweet malty tones, but overshadowed by a metallic bitterness. Some hops come through. Good hop burps. Eh.
Braudog (5597) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark reddish brown. Broad malty and roasty aroma. The flavor is rich, to be sure ... tart, yet smoky, an odd assortment of sweet, caramel, wood, and grapes. Iím not a big fan, but I can see how some may like it.
Kevin (2065) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. dark brown that shows red when held to the light. a nice head formed when poured, but it ran for the hills as soon as my back was turned and left a thin ashen grey rim around my glass. perfumey esters and a tart grape note hit me on the aroma. spicey flavor, ginger and sweet roasted coffee come through at first. finish is a nice bitter that brings out the sweet toffee that is in this. this is making for a nice sunday breakfast, i think i might finish off the whole sixer before kickoff.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - NOV 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A solid "4" beer, at least to me. 12 oz. brown, longneck bottle, space for freshness date, but none stamped. Poured out a deep amber color, bordering on brown. Minimal tan colored head, but left a sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. Aromas are of toffee, chocolate malts, coffee beans, caramels, and alcohol. Tastes are of chocolate malts, toffee, caramels, slight estery fruitiness, and warming alcohol.
Itís more of a subdued alcohol flavor, rather than an in-your-face kind of alcoholic flavor. Warming upon impact to the stomach. Medium mouthfeel, somewhat creamy. Flavors vary and change as it warms up slightly. Finishes warm, slightly bitter, but satisfying. More of an Old Ale, than an American Strong Ale. I bet it would age wonderfully for 2 or 3 years. Too bad itís only a seasonal.