mjg74 (3029) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from BevMo La Mesa. Pours a dark amber color with little head. Strong rich aroma consisting of dark fruits, raisins, and alcohol. Some apple aroma and a little tobacco. Very spicy dark fruit flavor with some alcohol burn. Strong malty finish. Alcohol isnít as noticable in the finish. Enjoyable sipper.
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2008 First rate 4.2 Very Christmasy. The taste is too malty to be top notch for me, but other than that, there is little to complain about. Good spices.
Second rate shown in score only.
jacobwennbom (357) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This I like. Dark brownish in color. Very rich in taste, there is sweet chocolate (lots), butterscotch and and a wall of hoppy bitterness in the background. Aroma is pretty much the same save the bitterness and add roasted malt. A very firey mouthfeel due to the alcohol is very present, but it never gets too heavy. Overall a great beer I would love to have again on some chilly winterís night.
flemmingwillum (1185) - Nysted, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty powerful aroma of caramel and alcohol, but also incredibly much of figs and dates. The flavor is again very fruity with a lot of figs and dates, but the alcohol takes the control towards the aftertaste, which is alcoholic with a little bit of figs. Of course, this beer is very marked by the alcohol, but not as much as you would expect for a 12% beer. The same applies to the body of the beer, which is creamy and sturdy, of course, but also not as overwhelming as expected.
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Color is dark amber with a nice head with good duration. Aroma is sweet with lots of spices. Taste is fruit and spices with a sweet alcoholic finish.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via trade with SDBruBoy! - Thanks Cliff! - Pours dark copper with a short offwhite head that fades quick. Aromas of nutmeg, candi sugar, and caramel. Flavors of caramel, nutmeg, nuts, cinnamon, and a touch of chocolate. Somewhat dry on the finish with fizzy carbonation throughout. Unique and pretty drinkable..
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle -- Copper body with a light yet sweet aroma, fruits are predominate. Taste was excellent, fruity with a nice hop accent. Malts are evident in the end, sweet with some fruit.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy, dark ruby-copper-hued body...no real head to speak of here. The aroma is very sweet - with prunes, apples, dates, figs and molasses and honey too. It suggests a very sweet, complex beer. The flavor is very similar to that as well, except that its not that complex. Mostly sweet - I suppose to cover up the high alcohol content. Strong alcohol burn.
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium amber color, with fizzy, short-lived head - very warm, wintery spice aroma, with hints of nutmeg and cinnimon being the most prominent - quite spicy and warming, complimented well by the alcohol presence - dry, herbal, tea-like charateristics - a hint of cocoa and roasted nuts - subtle, yet very flavorful at the same time - nice.
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2008 Scaldis Noel bottle. Purchased at The Holiday Wine Cellar in Esconcido, CA. The brew pours a rich transperent amber with lots of bubbles. The head poured huge and I only got a portion of the small bottle out at first. The aroma is indistiguishably sweet. The taste is sweet and very alcholilc, the alchol is very apparent immediately. The spices make the brew go down with unease, in other words this brew is not especially drinkable nor is it very smooth. Itís not bad, its complex but it isnít super enjoyable. Re-rate, 04 Vintage at Tornado much better.