Nate (3531) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet and sugary malt aroma, alcoholic vapors, light hops, Belgian yeast. Deep copper red clear with off-white thin lacing head. Medium-heavy body with light-medium carb, very warming. Starts very sweet, sugary, malty, with light bitterness and no acidity. Remains sweet through finish and after. Bitterness increases through finish, adding some dry character to the after. Some papery dryness, alcohol, and candi sugar. Can feel the high ABV. Very nice ale and reminds me of a barely wine.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazen orangey rust color, a thin whitish cap transfused to the top quickly and reverted just as quickly leaving a thin ring and very minimal strings of lace. Aroma is of heated alcoholic caramel and dark orangy citrus, a bit on the potent side, that 12% shows itself. Taste is a bit sharp, a subdued alcoholic twinge hovers within some sweet caramel and citrusy oranges. Floral hops in the finish with more warmth over the top. Feel is about medium bodied, creamy in areas where its not warming, then thereís warming and more warming. This is one straight up boozy little brew. Smooth never-the-less and inviting, solid heat and good caramel topped fruitiness to help cover it up; some.
madsberg (9530) - SÝborg, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled: Amber coloured. Clear. Fluffy beige head. Sweet, fruity and spicy aroma. Loads of alcahol, malts, spices and fruit characters in the flaovur. Strong alcahol bite in the end.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2000 vintage. Pours a deep brown, thin head. Big sweet malt aroma, brown sugar, and vanilla. Sweet again, boozy, brandyish, malty, some vanilla again. Big body, alcohol come through too much even after 4 years of aging. Still quite nice for those cold winter nights.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky brown body with minimal head. Aroma reminds me of a brown sugar, apple desert with some irish whiskey. Flavor is very much like a scotch to me (though I donít drink scotch). It is very oaky with some sweet whiskey and pine flavor. Definitely warming, as the label suggests, though not really a good mouthfeel (watery). Alcohol is a bit strong (not well masked). Not bad... best part is the aroma for me as the alcohol and woodiness gets in the way of the taste
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ton of rum, brandy poured over fruitcake in aroma. Strong. Flavor is extremely mead-like and vibrant, rich aged honey notes and distinct dark fruitiness. Sugary caramel drenched over the top and baked until almost overdone. Finish is mostly alcoholic but lingers for the perfect amount of time. Fairly cheap and unidimensional overall.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy golden brown color, spicy gingerbread aroma. Taste jumps out at you, rum, alcohol. Initially somewhat sweet then dries out at the finish. Very smooth.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Liquid gingerbread cookie. Cinnamon, nutmeg, spices. Full bodied with a sweet raisin and caramel malt. Palate is both malty thick and softly carbonated at the same time. A nice amount of gritty hops help to dry out the finish. The little bit of alcohol floating at the top of the flavors made me think of rum-balls. Maybe that would mellow out with some aging, but it's really just great as it is.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper hues with a very nice creamy off-white head and excellent lacing. The aroma hints of earthy and zesty yeast esters, orange, currents, belgian candi sugars, floral and piney hops, and a touch of pepper. The taste starts sticky sweet with a mild bitter and spice undertone. Some good caramel notes shine through and the finish displays a moderate alcohol and bitter quality. Medium-bodied with a lush mouthfeel, dry and slightly warming. The hoppy holiday beer and darn good one at that. Recommended.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty, sweet aroma with a hint of sourness. Cloudy copper color. Complex flavors, malts, sugars, cherry. The aftertaste is smooth, but the mouthfeel is thick.