jredmond (5292) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at pony bar with Brendan, Andrew and Feng. Pours a deep murky amber with light off white lacing. Pours a hazy amber with no head. Aroma is faint malt, pretty bland. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with bland notes of malt, fruit, pils, light cocoa and spice.
beerguy101 (5278) - 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.
TheBeerGod (5218) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2010 GABF 2006. Draft. Copper body. Small tanned head. Nose is spices, sweet malts, hop notes and caramel. Taste is spices (cinnamon and nutmeg, perhaps), hops, caramel, chewy malts, and fruit notes (citrus and hints of dark fruits). Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Ends with more spices, hops, and chewy malts. Light toffee notes, too. Original rating - 8, 3, 7, 3, 15 - 3.6
Bottle - 10/24/2010. Dark brown with a short beige head. Aroma is spicy with cocoa, caramel, light toffee and chocolate notes. Taste is bitter and with spicy hops, bakers chocolate, light caramel, toffee and spices. Body is medium with a strong, fluffy carbonation. Ends with more spices, earthy hops, cocoa, dark chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit.
Beershine (5218) - 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, itís very nice.
Suttree (5118) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy brownish red, dense spongy head. Nice brown sugar, molassess, maybe slightly smoky aroma. Earthy and smoky flavors at forst, then an odd but likeable herbal note - oregano, maybe? - and a touch of cinnamon.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - 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.
decaturstevo (4976) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hint of spice and brown sugar. A deep dark brown/red pour with tight white head and lace. A fruitiness like cherries. A semi sweet malt flavor as well. A pretty nice bitter as well. Pretty tasty and complexity that I enjoy. A nice winters warmth from this little nugget as well.
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.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4895) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 A friend brought this beer back for me from a trip out west - Thanks Pigboy! I am totally unfamiliar with this brewer. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours a dark mahogany color with a medium sized tan head. There is a strong fruity hop aroma with a light vague spiciness underneath. The flavor is rich and malty and has a strong floral hop character but there is a strong alcohol burn that really detracts from the overall beer experience. Had that alcohol burn not been so prominent I would certainly have rated this beer higher.
kramer (4892) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, via acertain. Pours a dark mahogany with a creamy finger sized off-white head. Aroma composed of spices, sweet caramel malt, toffee, and a hint of alcohol. Sweet fruity and spicy flavor. Most prominantly of cinnamon and nutmeg. Finish is all spice. Medium bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel and moderate fine bubbled carbonation. Another fine effort from Full Sail. I will say that by the end of the bottle the spoices do get a little tiring on the palate, but thatís how I feel about many Christmas seasonals.