Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malt, fruit, spicy hops, and a hint of alcohol in the aroma. Brown-amber in color, pillowy off-white head. Great balance in the flavor of dark malts, spicy/piney hops, and fruity esters. Slightly bitter finish. Full-bodied, slightly warming. An outstanding balanced beer.
alanC (36) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber color with low to medium carbonation and head dying fast. Little aroma. Pretty rich caramel malt flavor and well balanced with hops. OK Beer.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pleasing clear dark amber appearance, spicy candy aroma. A burnt caramel sweetness finishes with a large dose of bitter hops. A very decent and appropriate seasonal.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 - Clear but dark garnet color. The tan head is nice and creamy. The glass lacing is very nice. Sweet and spicy aroma. Lots of malt and a good amount of hops up front. The flavors then mellow until after the swallow when the hops play a big role. The body is medium full and the finish is fairly dry and lasts for a good while. Overall a pleasant beer.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vibrant aroma with malt, hops, spices and citrus all rolled into one. Nice bold character in the flavor, hoppy yet somewhat spicy. Its been better in years past, to me more of a winter warmer but still a winner.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Garnet hue with massive off-white head which settles down to a foamy ring, very good lace. The aroma hinted of toasted malts, mocha, vanilla, allspice, clove, fruitcake, piney hops, and earthy yeast esters. The flavors start sugary sweet with moderate spices, but really didn't overwhelm. The piney and citric hop nature kicked in to high gear midway through the tasting. The finish was a combination of old school ale (earthy, sublime and dry) and west coast new age (hoppy, brash, and creamy). Very nice mouthfeel in this underrated sesaonal brew which I have enjoyed every single time I have had the chance. Recommended.
presario (4432) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby colour, light foam head. Beautiful hop aroma. Hop flavour nicely built on a malt foundation. Light alcohol finish.
3fourths (7529) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2013 Clear dark amber with a light tan head. Rich toffee’d plum juice, some burnt caramel and wet oak. Divine chewiness, robustness and a touch of roast, amazing all around, warming, relaxing, satisfying.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2008 2007: Hazy dark brown. Piney, spicy herbal, chocolatey...nice complex nose. Creamy body with a herbal/minty signature and a nice chocolate note. Malty, but sessionable.
2003: Dark burgundy colour with a rich, frothy, light brown head. Aroma and palate of chocolate, spruce, cinnamon, mint. Creamy body. Well-balanced. Like a spiced old ale. Thanks TTB! 7 4 7 4 14 = 3.6
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - DEC 19, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown color with a medium tan head. Very malty aroma. Malt and toffee flavors, with a strong bitter, pepperey, spicey, piney hop aftertaste. Fairly dry finish. Very interesting.