Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2001-2002 Bottle: Pours a clear, dark amber color with a small, off-white, rapidly dissipating head. Good strong malty aroma with touches of vanilla, butterscotch, and alcohol. Good carbonation and medium body, the flavor is malty sweet and somewhat nutty, with a long, sweet, butterscotch taste finish. Very nice.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darker than amber with a thick lasting head. I enjoyed this 2001-2002 edition as 2002 turned into 2003. Sticky sweet nose with a strong molasses and alcohol notes. Super sweet at the start with a finish of alcohol and a medium amount of detectable hops. Only 7%, but the alcohol flavor is really noticable.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good beer...with a different characteristic than most other beers.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2003 <HTML>This is my favorite Christmas beer so far this year (well maybe 2nd after Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale). Poured with barely any head, which was its only downfall. Otherwise, it had a delicious malty/caramel aroma and flavor which hid the alcohol well. I think this will be my New Years Eve drink of choice.</HTML>
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
For the most part this beer is right down the middle. Nothing to rave about but nothing to complain about either. Amber color with a thin head, aroma of nuts and hop, Flavor has a so-so malt start, nutty body and a decent hop finish. Overall, Good but not great.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Crisp deep amber color witha medium thick head and lots of lace. Slightly sour strong malt aroma with spicy licorice accents and a hint of alcohol. Strong hoppy flavor with a slightly spicy malt background. Medium to heavy bodied, and slightly waring going down.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - NOV 26, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark amber red colour, thin head.
sweet carsmel malt nose.
great hop/malt balance in taste. this is more of a bitter than pale. hope i can find a cask version.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2003 2002-2003 bottle:
Pours a dark amber, closer to copper in color, medium white head, slowly receeds to leave medium lace. Aroma is strong on the malts, some biscuit, lots of butterscotch, and some caramel. Flavor is strong on the butterscotch, slight hints of alcohol towards the end as it warms, and finishes with a slight hoppiness that balances everything out quite well. Very thick and strong body.
On tap : Nice amber pour, citrusy aroma. Flavor start a little citrus & malty, and finishes with light hops. Goes down smoother and the 7%.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 23, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2001-2002. Very malty and rich, with perfect balance and lots of complexity. Reminded me of a barleywine, with mercifully less alcohol. Great stuff.
Darkover (1524) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2000-2001 release. Cloudy amber color. Aroma of citrus and alcohol. Flavor is a little citrus/sour. Bitter finish and you can taste the alcohol. Mine was not heavy or syrupy, just very drinkable.