goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a slightly hazed cherry wood color with a large long lasting beige head. Sweet caramel malt and a touch of spice. The flavor is drier with a moderate spice front and dry chocolate back. Dry finish. Mild warmth with a light-medium body.
downender (7253) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy orange with next to no head. Aroma of orange peel, preserved fruit and a touch of spice. Flavour had some fruit, caramel and a dry finish. Light but drinkable.
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle@Home. Light spicy aroma with all kinds of dark dried fruits. Brown color with orange hue, huge beige head, good lace. Sweet, raisin, caramel, light bitter, jasmin. Thin for 8.5%. Ok but not exceptional.
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (from BItter Virtue). Raisin and prune like fruits. Slightly sweet spiciness. Quite drinkable but not great.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby brown color with a huge off-white head. Pepper and vanilla cake in the aroma, nothing too distinct. Medium weight body, peppery spicy flavor that lingers, giving way to a sticky sweetness yet eventually dry finish. Moderately heavy alcohol presence. Maybe a little bland for the style, though it could pair well a meal.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy reddish brown pour with a thin white head. Boring aroma of spices, yeast and malt. The flavor feels a bit more alive than the aroma, spices, malt and yeast were detected. The body is medium with a creamy texture and medium carbonation.
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from State Line. Pours turbid deep copper with 3-fingers of off-white head. Aroma is malty, with x-mas spices, floral hops, and some earthy fruit notes. Tastes rich, complex, with well balanced malt and x-mas spices accompanied by fruity and floral notes.
notalush (5512) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle with a different label - very cloudy amber beer, with loads of large suspended particles that kind of look like grains of sand floating around - aroma of tropical fruits (mango, orange), peels and all, along with strong candi sugar presence and a very mild acidity - fairly soft carbonation, with a much more mild sweetness than the aroma suggests - slight acidity, apparent yeastiness, some peppery qualities, hints of fruit rinds - the spicy/peppery quality builds and becomes quite strong in the finish - lingering yeasty/bready notes - quite nicely balanced, although the spices come on a little strong at times - tasty.
SaintMatty (6132) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml Bottle- Amber/copper coloured with a light tan head and lively carbonation. Spicy, fruity nose with raisins and other dried fruits. The taste has raisins, toffee and a hint of spice and is quite drinkable but is nothing special.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle. Deep amber-ruddy colour with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is lovely, soft rich toasted Belgian malt, a bit of soft tartness on the nose as well. Light plumminess and a bit of cherryish fruitiness. Even a bit of earthiness and light saisonish, cork notes. Great balance, some nice light tart fruitiness on the back. The tartness fades a bit as it warms and there is a soft plummy sweetness. Good balance and a lovely, tasty brew.