beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 version - Deep red color, medium foamy head. Malty and smooth. Spice with nutmeg and ??. Flavor is complex. A little taste of raisins and figs. Malty and not very hoppy. Lots of flavor, subtle and diverse. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and a little dry. Aftertaste is malty and a little bitter. Nice version this year.
2000 version-Deep Red color, medium head. Roasted malts, full flavor, aggressively hopped. Robust full mouthfeel. Very malty. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is malty and somewhat bitter.
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 edition. Pours a reddish brown hue with a cream colored head that fades quickly. Has a sweet caramel smell with spicy hops.. A sweet caramel taste up front followed by nicely roasted grains. Medium - heavy body which leaves the flavors on the tongue for a while. Super smooth and easy drinking. nice.
mabel (5183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[3665-20110403] 12floz bottle. Mildly floral grains aroma has a little wet malt thing going on. Slightly hazy, dark amber brown body with a medium-lasting foamy light tan head. Grainy wet malt flavour is a little harsh. Medium body. Interesting to sample but would not want a pint. (5/3/6/3/11+) 2.9
Beershine (5177) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours like a holiday beer, nearly black with a deep red tint and creamy tan head with nice scattered lace. Aroma bursting vanilla upfront, then coal, and sweet brown bread. Velvet palate. The throat-coating bready malts are sumptuous, and the creamy vanilla adds a dimension that should be there in beers that already dub themselves as cream beer. If the cream soda flavor was just a little heavier this would fall right apart, but it stands in a nice place. The lingering finish is rich with a blend of cinnamon spicy bitterness and subtle toasted malt. Nice balance. Surprised I never tried this before, it’s very nice.
arminjewell (5144) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle dark blackish red pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, roast malts, some slight biscuit, bread, dark fruits, caramelized sugars, nice spice with clove, slight cinnamon as well, slight earthy and spicy hops as well. Taste is spicy up front with cinnamon, clove, some cherry juice and dark raisin go into dark toffee, caramelizes sugars, dark fruits with a hint of earth, finishing fairly bitter and dry. Pretty nice, like the way this was crafted.
BVery (5127) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very dark brown pour with a smaller soapy off-white head. Nose is roasted malts and a hint of caramel sweetness and spice. Medium palate - decent weight. Taste is mild roast, dark fruit, a touch of caramel, and a hint of spice. Very nice.
Mora2000 (5127) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer pours a dark brown color with a small white head. The aroma is caramel and toffee malt with some holiday spices: mainly nutmeg but a few other spices are mixed in as well. The flavor is full of holiday spices and caramel, as well as quite a bit of grassy and piney hops. This is definitely a highly-hopped winter warmer. The alcohol is also present and seems like it is higher than 7 percent. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad.
douglas88 (5115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle bought at the Utah State Wine Store. Pours a brown, almost purple color with a small white head. The aroma is light; some floral hops and light nuts and plum. The taste is quite hoppy; also some rich caramel malts, some prunes and other dark fruit and a light pine flavor. Some bitterness in the finish. Wow, this is 7%, I had no idea since it is very smooth. Some spices and a bit of brown sugar also. A very nice beer that as got me thinking about winter, well it did snow last weekend already.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice deep rich deep dark amber almost brown with a nice thin head and very nice lacing. aroma is toasted malts, nuts, light chocolate, some caramel, light vegetable DMS, and earthy. Very toasty and light slcik caramel flavors, nuts, toffee, plasticy phenols, earthy and tea-like hops. Nice winter beer.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. Bottle: Fain aroma of malt. Poured deep amber/mahogany/brown in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Lightly sparkling. A few small particles present. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malt, light nuts, Earth, and a hint of caramel. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, slight nut, light Earth, and hit of caramel finish is lightly dry. Not bad, just boring.