papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep dark ruby color with tiny bubbles and a medium frothy mocha head.Start is rich and malty with some complex spicy flavors, finish shows a little dry hop bitterness. A nice winter ale.
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2003 Deep red with small, quickly diminishing head. Spicy and malty, with a good deal of burnt flavors. Still has a bit of hop kick , especially for a Christmas ale, but they aren't overdone.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark red winter ale, very little head. Aroma was spicy as was the flavor. Reminded me of sierra nevada celebration but not quite as good.
aracauna (3495) - Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice color, deep, deep red-brown. The head is average size and dry and sandy looking. The aroma is warm malt and is a bit spicy. The flavor is less malty than I would have thought with the appearance. A bit sour in the finish. Coriander? The mouthfeel is a bit fuzzy.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice thick body, very creamy in the mouth. the flavor is very subdued and friendly. the alcohol is warming in the end and as i exhale. a few spices are evident but there is nice hop flavor and bitterness in the end.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber. Good spice profile; coriander, orange peel. Nice hop presence. Bitterness present at end.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Frothy head, slowly diminishing. Mildly carbonated. Cherry cola color. Hoppy-barley aroma. Hoppy start to finish. One of the better Christmas seasonals I’ve had.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - DEC 27, 2002
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
(26Dec2002--draft) UGH! What the hell happened here?!
Starts with an amazingly frothy, super lacy, super creamy
head, which, equally amazingly, neither persists
nor adds much effervescence to the beer.
Still, these sins are forgivable. But what was
up with the CHLORINE? It started assaulting my
nose, and the assault intensified once it
hit my taste buds. Heavily bittered, though
with a thin mouthfeel and a strong resemblance to iced tea. Dark, in the same
way that Full Sail Ale.
A very disappointing experience. Perhaps I will
try it in a bottle. I did not finish my pint.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 26, 2002
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Tangy and tasty, spicy and fruity. Beautiful but a bit lacking in flavor.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
It’s hard to imagine a beer looking much better than this. A shiny ruby/brown with a pillowy light tan head that lasts and lasts. The hops were interesting, indeed, but for having four different types of malts, this beer did not seem to have much malt complexity. Predominant flavors were of caramel, and especially black cherry. A bit like a fruitcake. Alcohol flavor is omnipresent.