MoritzF (8402) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAR 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle, 75cl) Cloudy, dark brown colour with an off-white foamy head of medium size. Sweet and slightly sugary toast-malty aroma with notes of Bavarian Blockmalz, a nutty touch and shades of alcohol. Sweet flavour, full bodied with a calm carbonation. Hearty and toasty malt-character with notes of nuts and caramel; sweet and slightly roasty bitter finish with vinous fruity notes and a warming, well-embedded alcoholic touch. 05.I.11
psilosophy (484) - vitry en artois, FRANCE - MAR 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 33 cl. Couleur rougeâtre assez sombre, mousse moyenne de tenue correcte. Beaucoup d’épices, un peu caramélisée et un tout petit peu fruitée, finale un poil sèche. Une noël tout à fait correcte. Trouvée à Vanuxeem - Ploegstaert.
TreborWhip (392) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours amber with an average off-white head and excellent lacing throughout. Aroma of flowers and light fruits. Flavors of apple, pear, honey, and ginger with a metallic and light hop finish.
BREWMUSKCLES (2201) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
a cloudy copper looking brew that simply put is a very good take on an alcoholic gingerale, ale. gingerale taste and carbonation with a vegetable and fruit finish. a hop character of breathing in pineforest from overhead in cold weather. frothy and moderate in body. done well. the yeast invigorates well and the alcohol is warming with a soulfullness.
crossovert (6988) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity, with holiday spices. It is a cloudy brew that doesn’t pack a huge alcoholic punch but was a nice drinker on Christmas day.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown, amber colored brew. Aroma is fruity, spicy, malty. Flavor has some sweetness, maltyness, spices, some apricot and apples.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml from Total Wine, Durham. It’s a failure of the imagination not to have this beer’s label be a photo from the giants parade. Bummer. Nice heavy pour, dusty amber and with a big sticky head. Nose of mellowed yeast and spice, kinda bread pudding-ish. Mouthfeel is moderately sticky, with a touch of heat as well. Nothing about the flavor really stands out when compared with Carolus, Chouffe, or other solid holiday entries. But overall, I found it to be a decent, faded, spicy BSA.
CanIHave4Beers (3190) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml The beer pours a reddish orange with a big head that fades and maintains it’s self in smallness. The aroma is clove, apple, allspice, and wet cardboard. As the beer warms the cardboard aroma lesses giving way to some nice rose like scents. All in all there are nice things going on in the aroma here but that crappy cardboard thing just sort of throws them all off. The flavor is much better and does not taste particularly oxidized at all as I had expected from the aroma. Instead I’m presented with a dry hoppy beer reminiscent in these characteristics of Orval with less if any brettanomyces influence. The beer is spicy and has plenty of nice fruity and earthy notes. This just falls a tad short of magnificence, I’ll likely try it again next year if it comes this way.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy dark ruby with a lasting white head. Toffee and butterscotch dominates a very malty aroma. Sweet and malty flavour with a bunch of cinnamon.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(330 ml bottle (stamped "11/2013") from Rising Tide) Pours hazy dark rusty amber with a couple of fingers of off-white head. Smells of juniper or something like that and spice of some sort. A strangish aroma. Flavor of juniper? and spice with a light sort of Irish Spring deodorant quality as well. Didn’t do much for me.