fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I dig the name, itís purty and fulfills what the label promises - "massive malt complexity". The malt does lean to the sweet side asis its nature, but being a holiday brew Iím pleased that spices were not added but were some appropriate hops to be added I would enjoy this even more and possibly even consider to be awesome. Good brew as it is.
Ratman197 (10216) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured a clear dark copper with a minimal lingering amber head. Aromas of cocoa, carmel, toasted malt, dark fruit, light smoke and light spice. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, cocoa, dates, spice and a hint of smoke with a smooth malty finish.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy deep amber body with a small whitish head. No matter the time of year, you can likely find a few bottles of the GVB Tannen Bomb kicking around at a NW specialty brew store. TB is a dark, robust, yet creamy strong ale with firm hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and other winter spices. Sweet with fruitiness. This beer is a PNW classic.
boFNjackson (4176) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Poured a hazy ruby color with an off-white head. Smell off floral malt and wine. Very barley wine-ish, really sweet with smoked malt and chalky hops
to balance. Caramel malt finish. Very smooth.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very nice beer here. The bartender tried to tell me that it was a xmas beer brewed with spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. I didnít taste any of those... all the better. Big malty beer here with a sweet palate. Alcohol is not at all apparent in the taste/smell. Body is extremely smooth and creamy. Very nice.
greenhorn1 (822) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a murky reddish brown, small head. Malty aroma with notes of dark fruit. Flavor is heavy on the malt side with a pinch of cherries and a hint of smokiness. There is a hop bitterness that is noticeable in the finish. I am dissapointed how apparent the alcohol is, just to strong and makes the whole brew a bit off balanced. Still a decent beer.
bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with an off-white head. Malty, low spice, low fruit aroma. Cherry flavor with malt backing.. Cherry lingers with nice malt complexity. Medium body. Nice. I donít know where the cherry came from, but itís there.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
clear dark brown, wispy tan aroma that can be stirred up but quickly fades away, sweat sock aroma, thin body, slightly sweet light caramel flavor, strange sourness leads to a bitter finish,
Aroma: 2/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 3/10; Palate: 4/10; Overall: 6/20
bhensonb (11528) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very attractive pour. Strong caramel malt aroma. Slightly hazy reddish amber color. Frothy beige head that might lace, if it ever starts to collapse. Starts with sweet malt, accompanied by stone fruit and hop. This is more about malt than hop, and thatís probably appropriate for this style. It stays the lighter side of sticky, and it disquises the alcohol very well. The finish tends toward well balanced, and a very pleasant bitter (along with a bit of sweet fruit) remains in the mouth. Good one.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very cloudy read beer with almost no head. I had a bottle of this about six months ago, and I recall a much more malty, lightly spiced brew. With age, this oneís mostly lost its hop and even the sweet malts have abated and left behind something like tart dried fruits. Iím giving this decent marks on the strength of the earlier bottle, but this oneís not so hot. Will rerate if I get a chance to retry.