hopscotch (8390) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Crystal clear, dark amber ale with lots of floaties. Small, fizzy, off-white head. Malty, floral, piney aroma. Great malt backbone with notes of toffee and spice. A touch too sweet, but not cloyingly so. Full-bodied, rich and velvety with fizzy carbonation. Medium length, astringent finish.
lamas (1284) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark red with small bubbly tan head. Aroma is of hops, sour fruits and a little pumpkin spice. Taste begins with a nice spicy hoppy kick but it all goes downhill from there. The finish is slightly bitter but VERY bland and full of alcohol. Tastes like watered-down malts. Maybe I had a bad bottle?
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Best way to sum it up, it was just like great lakes christmas ale but didnít have as much kick or spice as great lakes, but itís $1 cheaper and taste damn good.
steview (1011) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
this is sick, but i think this is comparable to avery tenís and i do also think that this is better! ha! take THAT! figs, caramel, spiciness reminds me of eggnog, herbiness reminds me of clove or mint, sugar like brown... no alchohol to suck up and itís quite strong. this is a warmer! yes. i liked it.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clear copper. Aroma and taste consists of spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon along with some caramel and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is medium/light. subpar seasonal brew.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep red-orange. Smells like vegetables covered with cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is pretty much generic spiciness. Itís all of the spices of a pumpkin ale without the pumpkin, so Iíll just assume this was brewed with the leftover nutmeg from their fall seasonal.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Clear amber with a light tan head. Aroma is light, with notes of spices, apple, nutmeg. Taste is nutmeg, squash, cinnamon, much the same as their pumpkin ale. Light bodied and thin.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear red-amber with a soapy white head. Aroma is spicy nutmeg pumpkin spice and some fruit. Flavor is much the same. Pumpkin ale without the pumpkin is hte best description I heard. Lightbody.
egajdzis (5119) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a copper color with a small off white head. Aroma of sweet caramel, light spices, and dark fruits. Taste of roast, chocolate, light cinnamon spices. The light spices, and more malts were the high points of this beer.
5000 (5645) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a hazy ruby, small white frothish head, and with herds of streaming bubbles. † Head has pretty much dissipated now. † Dark/Pitted fruits on the nose. † Light grains/malt & butter up front. † Minor spicing emerges in the middle. † Suble dark/pitted fruit flavor on the finish. † Slightly nutty. †† Medium bodied. †† Nothing extraordinary, but not bad either. † Thanks goes out to hopsrus for the trade!