atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a beautiful dark ruby red with a perfect full creamy head. Aroma is somewhat weak. Sour malt and a slight bitterness. Mashed together flavors, some malt flavors, a bit earthy. Some sharpness but mostly mild in flavor and feel.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a brownish red with ruby hints along the edges and a nice two-finger sized head. Aroma is plums, grapes. spices and alcohol. Taste is roasted malt, yeast, green apple and spices. Smooth and medium bodied.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beige head over a mahogany body. Nose is a tad sweet, caramel, some vanilla. Hops. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. Flavor was pleasant but not exceptional. A nice drink.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a very pretty ruby/amber, with a dense tan head. aroma is richly malty, with roast and caramel notes, and a nice wif of piney hops on top. flavor is juicy-a nice full malty/toffee flavor with enough bitterness to balance. very nice mouthfeel and consequent drinkability. so far, one of the best domestic x-mas beers.
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours dark cherry, light brown hues, medium sized of-white foamy head, fairly nice lacing, with light carbonation.   Aroma of evergreen trees and slightly burnt spices.   Malty up front, slight sweetness in the background, with a biscuity punch.   Body and mouthfeel are fairly tame.   Finishes rather quick, bland, with only notes of unsweetened cherries and biscuity malts.   Boring...
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
ol’ ebenezer had an amber body witha creamy 1/4 inch head.i couldnt get much out of the aroma honestly.the flavor contained malts,a bit of hops,with an after taste full of straw hay,and christmas tress.not bad at all.
Padron4KM (531) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep Tawny port color with ruby red hues, thick creamy, redddish brown head.
head dissapates slowly and leaves a thick even glass coating lace.
Aroma is fruity, hoppy, flowery.
flavor is sweet, fruity,honey, mildly acidic, mildly spicy, with a piney hop background.
finish is slightly sweet, slightly bitter, with a touch of pine on the lips.
POS on 6 pack says it is "formidable enough to temper even the crankiest of spirits". Well it worked for me, I was in a bad mood and now I’m not. lol
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copperish color with ruby hues, thin white head. Rich malty aroma with notes of plum. Earthy, pine flavors, notes of nutmeg near the finish. Moderate, hop bitterness in the finish. Light toasted notes as well.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
MAlty aroma with a hint of spices. Malty with a bit of a bite. Finishes slightly sweet. A good winter brew.
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Portland Holiday Ale Festival 2004. Dark brown, some ruby tint, thick lihgt brown head. Sweet bready aroma, dark rye, light spice. Sweet bready malt with honey/molasses flavour before a nice spicy hop finish.