elelwarren (140) - SF Bay area, California, USA - NOV 30, 2007
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep, muddy brown, almost opaque pour with red highlights, foam comes then goes. Scent is mildly citric, flavor is peppery w/a touch of caraway, with lots of sour notes. The hopping is heavy, the main flavor being that of old wood. Not my cup of beer.
crhensel (139) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark mahogany with a thin tan head. Nose if resin, caramel and sweet spice. Taste was if sweet malt with slight hops and a hint of Christmas spices. All around tasty and very well balanced.
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littlecarp (135) - Redding, California, USA - DEC 11, 2007
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours brown with a rather insignificant head. I actually thought it was a bit too hoppy, with some unpleasant sourness. It settled pretty heavily on my tongue.
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.
ZiggyG (131) - Gladstone, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2007
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle. Pours amber with white fluffy head. Leaves lacing. A lot of sourness in both the aroma and the flavor. I hope this is just a bad batch because it is terrible, all six of the pack were the same (I guess that attests to the fact that it was drinkable).
steve1966 (131) - Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Solid brew. A bit different than the usual winter ale. Malty hoppy dark brown ruby color. Taste some toffee brown sugar earthy woodsy sweet dark fruit. Dry tart bitter finish. A nice treat will revisit next winter.
rich42 (128) - USA - OCT 11, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
medium body, flavor of roasted malt, candy sugar and ample hope spice. lots of hop bitterness too... definitely on the zippy side of winter ales - quite good but I usually prefer the mellow-malty style of winter ales...
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Six from Reubens. Dark ruby red, thick lasting head, lots of lacing. Smells of raisin bread and hops. Warm comforting savoriness for a cold February night.
deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Off-white head that dissipates slowly. Lovely dark red color in the glass, sweet, delicate nose with a tinge of hops. Tends more toward the hop than malt, which is nice for a winter ale. Decent bite, but not overwhelming in any way. Nicely done.
rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours reddish brown with a medium white head. Aroma is citrusy, caramel, with a slight hint of alcohol. Taste is primarily caramel malts, cinnamon, and nutmeg with a well-balanced bitter finish. I’m not normally a fan of holiday ales but this one was enjoyable.