LiquidLotus (12) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
’07. Bottle. Flashy label, ehh? Big malty nose, I smell toffee. Nice light brown color, dry finish. Enjoyable, not Deschutes’ best effort though..
FlyingSwine (174) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2007 2007 - Pours a rich, hazy red/brown, with little head. Nice aroma of fruit and hops. Enjoyed the bitter, malty flavor. Hops comes through a bit much for me, but is a fairly well balanced brew. Mouth is thin, and finishes dry. Wished for a bit more taste from a seasonal, but overall very drinkable. Prefer the 2007 to the 2006.
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pure copper with a frothy thick lacing tan head. Smells of candied fruit, caramel with a barleywinesque hop character. Tastes of mild fruit, malty, and a very bitter and lingering finish. Thin in the mouth, slightly watery. Very drinkable and a nice twist on the style
riversideAK (6078) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very nice auburn color with a thin head and lots of sediment. Aroma of toffee, sweet malt, with notes of some dried fruits and perhaps a little chocolate. Flavor is distinctly english malt with light roast, chocolate, fruit, caramel malts, and a little maple. Lots of pleasant malty flavors in this one. This one is actually pretty fruity, maybe from all of the yeast in the bottle. A light hoppy bitterness comes through as the flavor lingers for a minute. This is very drinkable! This is an enjoyable winter NW style winter brew.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours brown and hazy with very little head. Very faint malt aroma. hops and malts, finish’s with a notable caramel apple flavor, very nice
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Stone.Dark black with a thin dissipating head Some aroma of malt and dark fruit. Some bitterness and coffee flavors. Not super complex or rich on the finish. Not bad brew.
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
No complaints here. Mm-mmm!! Tthis is one tasty burg . . . uh, beer! Quite a bit like a couple I had at the recent Holiday Ale Fest. Quite dark-fruity/tangy, sweet and malty; raisin-bready nose. The only weak point is a bit of wateriness in the finish. A fine addition to the holiday season lineup.
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2007 bottle. Rich caramel-chestnut color with a thin tan head. Chewy. Coffee and toffee taste with bitter hop finish.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint on tap@O’Brien’s: Dark reddish brown color with a small, fading off-white head. Aroma is light with a hint of fruit. Flavor starts with some weak black coffee then some toffee and light fruit followed by a light dry bitter finish. Light bodied and watery with moderate carbonation.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
350 ml bottle from Holiday. Reddish brown with a fizzy white head. Malty bready aroma. Slightly metallic bitter taste.