footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2006
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Thanks to Batkins for this one. This one had soured badly. The standout here was that I did get some almost some port like fruit notes but this baby had gone off and left it undrinkable. Sorry.
LyndaNova (531) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 18, 2006
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Cold 12oz bottle: Pours a light reddish amber color with a small amount of tan bubbles along the edges of the glass. Rich malts, funky yeast, subtle fruits, grassy bitterness and alcohol notes. Watery texture and mild carbonation. Has a small zing to it. Ending is malty with notes of fruit and alcohol.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2006
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
shared bottle, opened by dirtymike. Amber in color. Aroma is funky malt. Taste is funky and sour malts, with alot of stinky vegetable soup armpit. This one obviously didn’t hold up very well.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - DEC 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy orange red with medium beige head. The aroma is caramel and a sour cherry note that I was not at all expecting, along with some wood and sugar. The flavor has lots of brown sugar at first, then some serious raisin and caramel malt notes. The finish is sweet with a little bit of ash. Possibly overdone, but tasty nonetheless.
skoisirius (1345) - Earth, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle (thanks to someone from Belmont Station!) into a Trappist glass. Pours a deep copper red color with little head. Aroma brings a carmalized malt and brown sugar sensation to the nose. Deep notes of plums and dark cherries are hinted at as well. The flavor starts out with a sweet malt moving into a dark fruit of raisins and plums. This gets over taken by a nicely done cinammon spice kick with the brown sugar intertwined. Definitely has a sweet aftertaste and heavy malt to it. In between medium and full-bodied. Nothing overly complex, but quite enjoyable!!
mobster07 (18) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A beautifully presented reddish, amber winter warmer. A complex aroma of brown sugar, raisins, plums, and a hint of resin hops. Flavor is comprised of a strong maltiness including but not limited to plums and raisins and leaves a lingering taste of candy sugar in the mouth. Packs a punch at 8% ABV which is noticeable in the aroma and flavor. A well crafted beer!
Nugget (30) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark orange-amber, reminiscent of Jolly Roger. Nose reminds me of fruit leather. Tastes very malty and robust but smooth with a slight hop finish. A very worthy Xmas beer.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
little bit of a lace on this brown bodied ale, roasty hop flavor, well balanced malt variation, dry finish slightly tart, crispy and crunchy, quite refreshing and very tastey
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This has quickly become my favorite out of the winter seasonals. This is a true big beer, with alot of candy sugar and spice in the flavor and a huge malt backbone, with just enough hop character to give it some mouthfeel and to overlap the heat from the alcohol.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish-copper color with a fast fading light beige head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is pleasant, malty, lightly fruity, some alcohol. Medium bodied with perhaps lighter than average carbonation. Pleasant blend of malt and hop in flavor. Pit fruit presence with moderate alcohol. Ample hop bitterness in finish. Nicely done, enjoyable if not amazing.