JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Version 2002. Orange, hazy, thick white head. Aroma of yeast, bread, sweet candi sugar and hops. Flavor is mainly sweet like brown sugar, with some bitterness. Finish is dry. Excellent Brew
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2003 Nice and golden in color. Very good and flavorful christmas beer. Strong in alcohol. Very malty. Nice warming beer for a cold night.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2004 Update: Had a 2000 version. I will leave the rating the same but have to say that this beer really smooths out with time. Well worth seeking and or saving.
************************I am pretty certain this is the latest version. Nice golden color, with a spicy aroma. Big malt, and I mean big malt stickyness that explodes with flavor. Noticable alcohol. I think the best way to describe the circus in your mouth would be to liken it to the malt character of DFH 120 min IPA, but without the hops. Would love to lay some of this down for a while.
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lemon is foremost in the nose. Honey and spice rule the taste with citrus. Certainly not something I drink often, but probably my favorite Xmas beers.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
i had a bottled specimen of the '96 (courtesy of indra). the label probably deserves some ridicule, but i decided it's SO primitive and garish that it actually achieves-- ahem-- distinction, so we'll let it go at that. (the brewery owner probably lets his kids design the labels, which is sweet, isn't it?). the pour is as plump and pulpy as a georgia peach in a glass, canary golden at the edges and deeper pie-crust orange brown within, sporting a modest soggy head. within the bottle is a murky haze loaded with yeast--is it some of great-grandpa de dolle's cremated remains? it's thick and fiery in there, and when brightly back-lit it's like the burning skyline of civil war atlanta, with sooty pillars of yeast rising like smoke, taking the form of ghastly apparitions apparently trying to get out of the bottle. nose of hard cider and peach schnapps, a little sandalwood incense, balsamic vinegar, white pepper, lemon, and a vague sour note. enormous fruity sweetness-- this seems to be a lightly carbonated apricot wine, medium to full bodied and sweetened to the culinary specifications and preferences of a six year old. spritzy sweet apple goo, like the carmelized apple syrup that oozes out of a baked pie. it was too much for me: i recapped it and had the rest later-- after i'd buzzed around like a hummingbird for a couple hours and seriously considered flying south for the winter.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper color with a large white head. Sweet grape and citrus aroma. Very sweet and tart flavor, full of citrus, grape, and clove. Nice crisp palate.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber color with a huge (too big) white head. The aroma was full of fruity tones...grapes, apple...bready, sweet. The flavor was very citric...full on grapefruit, grapes, and apricot...very yeasty and sweet. The feel was too carbonated...very gassy, spritzy.
jonas (5615) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2003 Best before 2005. Raisins and peaches in the aroma.
Brown, flakes of yeast big fluffy head.
Raisins, sweet brown sugar and
a slight citric aftertaste.
Very warming - the perfect winter beer.
This bottle was a little bit too sweet - aging will probably do a lot to this beer.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a cloudy copper orange with nice foamy head. Aroma is robust although I can seem to nail down exactly what it is. Spices, fruits and sweet malt? One word comes to mind with this beer and its 'sweet'. Very candyish, like cotton-candy. I could almost feel the sugar rush as I drank it. Luckily for me I enjoy sweets.
egajdzis (5302) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 Poured an amber color with a small white head. Had a fruity grape and alcohol aroma. It had a sweet, candy sugar, plus alcohol taste. Also had a slight taste of cinnamon to it.