vtafro (2292) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Blak pour with some tan lacing. Dark fruit and some sweetness in aroma, hints of spice tones. Flavor doesn’t follow, some cardboard malt and hints of fruit and spice. Too much age?
BREWMUSKCLES (2142) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
some warming with dark fruit, fig and dash of cocoa. some fullness in the palate and good enough barley and malt flavor. does seem different from last time sampled.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap at Defiant. Dark browin in color. Medium sized head. Aroma is malty, with spice and light notes of fruit. Taste is moderately sweet with raisin, citrus, dark malts and spices. Medium bodied. Has that defiant yeasty "house" character.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Divided opinions on this one! I rather liked it. Aroma of earthy malt, tartness, a plethora of light, citrus, and red fruits. Flavor sweet fruitiness with a balancing tartness. I seemed to get a lot of tartness that others haven’t mentioned...perhaps I got tartness from the spices? Or did this get infected along the way? Am I rating a beer very high that was infected? I really have no idea. I liked whatever the hell I was tasting.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a very dark brew. Nose was spice all over, but the taste was not over whelming. As it warmed the spices grew to an almost over the top, but It stopped short. Great christmas brew!
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On Cask at the Brazen head, Brooklyn...This beer was dark brown, with a tan head and small bubbles. It is very, very smokey - almost like salami, bacon. It is kind of funky that way, since there are so many sweet malts, and is even sugary - brown sugar and molasses abound! There is a slight alcohol burn.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the brewery and again in a growler. Murky, dark brown color with a creamy, thin beige head. Aroma of caramel malt, dark, dried fruits, pine and light spice. Flavor was lightly roasted malt, molasses, dark chocolate, raisins, pine, nutmeg and vanilla.
HighlanderOne (952) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from big bottle. Nice aroma of toffee, malt, smoke, brown sugar. Solid mahogany color, tan head fades. Flavors of toffee, vanilla, spice, orange peel, dark honey, alcohol. Earthy, heady aftertaste. Nice feel- not too carbonated. A bit off at finish. Overall a fine winter brew - appropriately drank during blizzard of 12/26/2010.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This hazy brown pour has sour notes in the aroma. It turns out it is the sweet tart flavors of figs. Not bad but not what I expected from a Christmas Ale.
BiddleBrau (861) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper color with no head. Rich malty nose. Full flavor, ’big’ like a dubbel, alcoholic. A bit bready and spicy. Nice flavor and body.