rajendra82 (978) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In a 12 oz. brown bottle with a freshness date (of a year an half after this Christmas I might add) printed on the festive looking label, the packaging oozes the spirit of the season.
The beer poured dark amber red, with a foamy tall head that left a lot of lace. There was good bit of cloudy evidence as a result of the bottle conditioning with yeast. The aroma was very sweet like a bowl of sweet cherries drizzled with honey. The taste was boldly malty with dark skinned fruits, brown sugar, honey, cloves, and cinnamon.
Very soft and creamy mouthfeel, with just a hint of herbal hop bitterness that lingered, this was a smooth, and rich tasting beer that is worth savoring each year. Outstanding beer, and very drinkable, even at 8.5% ABV.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber color with a very large lasting tan head. Aroma ia light spiciness. Flavor is malty with a mild sweetness. Full bodied and warming from its 8.5%. A nice drink.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2006 On tap @ TDR Springhouse, PA, 12/13/06 - Dark red ro brown with foamy off-head. Aroma is predominately malts with some breadiness. Has a sweet caramel flavor higlighted with subtle spices. Good mouthfeel, light on carbonation, with a solid medium to full body.
MiP (14446) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark chestnut colour. Fruity, sweet, malty aroma. Spicy, sweet flavour. Quite complex with some coriander flavour. Aftertaste mostly bitter.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 17, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2005 On tap at Anam Cara’s Belgian Month. Dark brown with small tan head. Aroma is spicy with toffee. Sweet cinammon clove flavors with alcohol. Very sweet. Pretty good.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Poured a clear brown with little head and little carbonation. Aroma and flavors match each other. Malty, very light notes of coffee, and spices. Medium body and warming finish.
DocLock (8527) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at the Drafting Room, Spring House, PA. Pours deep amber with medium off-white head and nice lace. Aroma of malt, fruit, spice. Tastes malty, fruity, spicy with a slightly dry finish and a bold, complex, slightly dry finish. This is my favorite time of year. I love Christmas ales, and I enjoyed this one as a nice holiday libation. Do monks celebrate Christmas, I wonder?
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - NOV 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2005 The room opened before me again, like it had done a thousand times before, and willl likely do a thousand times again. We spoke of the same things, and immediately recalled our mutual discontent. Still the charade must be perpetuated. It’s a status thing, you know? I attempted to distract myself with only moderate success while she kept boring into the hole in my head. Just when I thought I would call it quits, she ceased, and fell empty to the floor. The hollow clattering will remain as a warning to be forgotten when I find myself in this dismal hole, yet again...
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cl corked bottle. Served in Leffe chalice. Clear, reddish-brown color. Nice, off-white head. The aroma is beautifully, freshly spiced - very inviting. The taste is pleasantly balanced and nicely spicy. Good drinkability.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a deep brown color with reddish highlights and a huge brown, enduring frothy head. The aroma is peppery with dark fruits and other spices. Also alcohol. The taste was more of the same, only with an almost medicinal alcohol taste as well. Very dry finish with a lingering alcohol aftertaste.