IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2000 bottle. Strong malty aroma, plenty of spice. Very malty flavor, spices, caramel, alcohol. Very smooth, some warming, long finish. Very nice.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby brown. Medicinal, spice yeast nose. Small sticky off white head. Sweet, butterscotch, toffee, caramel, yogurt, anise, chocolate. Other spice, dusty, earthy, light smoke? Medium bodied, belly warming, finishing yeasty, spice, and a slight lingering bitterness.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like a minty pine cone. Appearance is a reddish brown. Flavor is slightly tart up front witha minty, spicy finish. I really like th emouthfeel - nice and smooth. Had this one at the Southern Ratebeer Gathering in Austin, TX on December 6, 2003.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - DEC 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful deep amber color with an off-white head. Sweet caramel and peppery spices in the aroma. Strong malty peppery flavor, with a hint of smokiness and dark fruit. Pretty strong carbonation. Warm alcohol aftertaste.
Cobra (1100) - - DEC 21, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml. brown bottle, corked, with a strange looking banded cage on it. 2003 batch. Lot number 131484. $9.99 at Rip's. Poured out a deep, dark amber color, with a huge cappuccino colored head. It fades slowly back to yeasty islands floating on top of the beer.
Aromas are of slight smoky malts, brandied fruits, nutmeg, cinnamon, bready yeast, rum soaked plums, and definitely alcohol.
Tastes of smoky malt, spices, and dried, dark mascerated fruits.
Aromatic alcohols fill the nose along with the spices, and blend into a fruitcake in a glass. Rich mouthfeel, sharp tingly finish to it as well. No hops aromas, but a slight hops zing at the end, before it is swallowed. A really good Christmas beer. Would go really well with a rich Christmas feast, like a smoked goose, or a honey baked ham. One of the best seasonals I've ever had, bar none.
larsniclas (5699) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at The Rover, Gothenburg
Dark with an ok head.
A fresh and yeasty aroma and flavour. A bit sourish.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby color with a large frothy off-white head. The aroma and flavor were very spicy...I can't quite tell which spices though. Nice perfumey tones...clove-like yeast...sweet malt. Pepper and alcohol in the finish. Tingly, yet thick feel. Enjoyable.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - DEC 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber, big big tan head on top. Arom a is slightly spicy, a bit yeasty, malty. Mostly malt on the flavor, some pepper and nutmeg as well.
Nuffield (3713) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear red amber color. the aroma doesn't anticipate the flavor. I struggled to get an aroma out of it but the flavor had a lot of interesting things gonig on--perfume, pepper, a hint of mint. It had an average body--frothing life--but an underlying thin composition it seemed. Thanks to TChrome for sharing a 3L bottle! (Sampled at Southern Ratebeer Gathering, Austin, TX, December 6, 2003)
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown with ruby highlights, small but creamy lace, aroma of raisins, beef and subtle smoke. Initially smooth, then seems kind of watery, like it needs to be salted for more flavor if you know what I mean, but the aftertaste is nice, blueberry, strawberry and a small puff of smokeyness over some caramel and very light butterscotch. Not real assertive or complex, but pretty good.