Kevin (2078) - 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.
It’s 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 it’s only a seasonal.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Served with a reddish brown color and a dense white head. Nice lacing and head retention throughout the session.
Caramel, chocolate, rich malts and some off-scents in the aroma.
Pretty poor flavor. Some off flavors on-tap compared to the bottled version. I have heard rumors that High Country (they distribute Breck) doesn’t clean their tap lines often and it is apparent here. Nonetheless, there is some chocolate and caramel on the palate. Pretty full bodied with a nice bitter finish. But the off flavors were too much to bare.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2004
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2001 bottle...pours dark brown with thin but long lasting head...smells of alcohol, maple syrupy, a little spicy and chocolate...all those flavors are present in the taste, but just very thin in the mouth...the aroma was great, but it just kind of died after that...thick long syrupy finish...
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
duvel tulip glass: dark brown body with ruby highlight. nice off-white head. alcohol, sweet chocolate aroma, slightly spicy. cremey, thin palate. tastes of caramel and chocolate indeed. sweet, rich, and dark with an odd spice. there seems to be little hop presence. but i like it! sweet pipe tobacco? i can sense that, a little bit... (it is not the ultimate winter warmer!)
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAY 22, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very dark amber body with a sparse white head. Smells of spices, skunked malt and sweet pipe tobacco. Taste is boring and unimaginative- sweet malt, no hops.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2005 Rich and flavorful. Aroma of nutmeg, ginger and bitter hops. Flavor is malty and good. Chocolate, oak like flavors. Lively and cheerful. This is a clearly underrated ale.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of chocolate and gingerbread. Flavor is of mild chocolate, coffee, and and a solid hop kick. The palate is a bit thin. Nice but not great.
hershiser2 (1227) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Paid $7.99 for a 6-pack.
Brown in color, slight hints of red, small, but creamy looking head.
Smell is nothing special, a bit on the stinky side. Nothing overly special here.
Kinda plain taste... really, no defined flavor here. Maybe slightly coffee, but really plain.
Doesn't remind me of a stereotypical Christmas Ale at all. Glad I tried it, but I won't buy it again.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light for a strong ale. Had a rich full wintery taste that left me presently suprised. Light a smooth and very drinkable, something to have again.