Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark pour with lighter brown edges. Big head and nice lace. Mostly sweet malts in the aroma, not too big of a nose, slight hops. Roast malts in the flavor, some fruit and finished off with a bit of bittering hops. Not too bad of a ESA.
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2003 nice big head that leaves too quickly. dark brown, tint of orange. listerine/licorice thing, faint alcohol, pine. touch of nut? good. long aftertaste, the flavor keeps dancing. good brew. definitely something for a happy holiday. wasn't tooo fond of the aftertaste, afterawhile... too much of a little bit of sour. hmm. thanks eric!
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 31, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a nice warm brown color with a whispy tan head. Strong bitter smell. Spicy assault that opens up into a bitter body. Very nice.
Terminus (3407) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle-2003-Ruby red appearance. Big roasty malt aroma-light smoke detected. Licorice, smoke, chocolate and alcohol in the flavor. lots of pine needles on the toungue. long finish-very long. Medium carbonation. Earthy/piney finish of hops. Quite an excellent brew-nice and complex-good work Full Sail!! thanks Buck_Dich for this one!!
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent brew that had too much of a sour aftertaste. But it is a good balance of hops and malts.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2004 Nice and spicy, big-time hops. After a rerate, this is better than I remembered it.
DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 12oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown with a perfect tan head. Very
little aroma. You can detect a subtle sherry, dried fruit in there but it is sublte. Medium to full bodied. I
think the winter/ christmas seasonals are my favorite style. This one is not bad at all. It has a bit of a dryness that I like. You'll definitely get bit of warming in the belly.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002-Nice clean amber brew. Aromas of hops and light spice. Nice mouthfeel with malt countering the hops and spice nicely.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma has a slight tang with caramelly malt essence, but decidedly on the light side...Color a pretty dark mahogany with a soft tan head and sticky patch lace---most attractive...Flavor is a smooth blend of sweet roasty malts, clean dry hoppiness and subtle spiciness that punctuates the finish...This is medium-bodied and well-balanced---lively mouthfeel...Overall, this is an all-around quality product. I wish the flavors were a little bit richer, but the balance and basic character are admirable.
JorisPPattyn (8795) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 20, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with yellowish shine. Full brownish head, lasting and lacey. Dark chocolate nose, sweet, fruity too (ripe plums, succade). Taste is very bitter, hops and bitter chocolate. Deep. Very full bodied, much more than expected from 6.5 ABV. Very long lasting aftertaste; bitter chocolate gets streamlined with the malt to a beautiful finish. Can’t help but like this beer.