hivemind (840) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Pony last night with Paul and Streets. Pours dark amber/brown with a full, thick, off-white head (no bubbles). I was expecting a lot of vegetable, earth, spice, etc. but this was really just a balanced and refreshing ale with a good level of hop bitterness and no pungent aftertaste. There was some spice and the mouthfeel was thicker, which is what Iíd expect from a holiday beer, but it was almost more like an IPA or a pale ale in terms of flavor. Some reviews say 7%, RB says 8.4%, and the Pony chalkboard listed it at 9.2% last night ... in any case, it hides the high abv very well. Good beer. EDIT: I now see this is classified as a pale ale, so that makes sense...
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Chelsea brewery. Poured a copper hue with a thin beige head. Nose was citrusy. Front of citrus hops. Creamy mouthful. Abv easily hidden behind a decent malt base. Hints of orange and spice with a hint of sweetness in the finish. . Pretty easy to drink. Worthwhile.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
8.25% ABV so they say. You donít really taste it all that much though. Amarillo hops used in it, so says Brewer Mark. Berry-cherry aroma. Nice syrupy Christmas taste. Just mellow enough--not over the top on the flavoring attempt.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Barcade.
Clear brown with some off white head. Aroma is hoppy with citrus and a light grassy note. Very bitter, fairly full bodied, more grass/earthiness on the palate. A very solid, flavorful, pale ale.
linc33 (184) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had it on tap at the brewery. Reminded me a lot of holiday ales from Seattle - Maritime Pacificís Jolly Roger to be specific. High alcohol dominates - tastes higher than it actually is (more like barleywine-level).
Blackbarrel (116) - new york, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Jimmyís No 43, Fair head, lastingrough, earthy, very rich. plums, and lemons and wood