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 (2411) - 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 (6507) - 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.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Moderate white head, brownish orange color, aroma of fruit, sweet flavor, nothing outstanding, some fruits, slight spice, light bitter finish, not bad overall.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cotton candy, fruit, spice nose. Small frothy off white head. Ruby orange amber. Sweet, big malts, big fruit, peppery alcohol, slight oily body, faint spice, finishing with a alcohol bite, followed by lingering bittering hops. Very nice.
CEZ (406) - Milano, ITALY - FEB 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange body, creamy head, decently lasting. Rather hoppy and spicy, for a Xmas brew. Caramel, spices (uh, coriander?); some wooden notes. Strong body. Alcohol is apparent in the finish, which is dry and clean otherwise. Never cloying, but not too rich either. Good, but not my first choice for a Christmas toast.