jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer did not have much head. It was brown in color and had a smooth taste. There was no bitter finish to this beer. I really did enjoy this beer.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown in color. Taste of malt, faint hint of semi-sweet chocolate, and spicy floral hops. Taste much the same. Nothing exciting here.
Ughsmash (7364) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 11.1.04. Poured a deep garnet with a creamy well-retained beige head... with a well-coating lacing all the way down. Aroma first struck as a big, spicy Belgian ale... rich Christmasey spices, some caramel, chocolate, and floral hoppage. Full, creamy mouthfeel with spice notes around the edges. Flavor is a pleasant extension of the aroma. Spicy malts were well-balanced with caramel and the floral hops. Well-rounded, very tasty brew.
thegreenrooster (3537) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour is a dark mahogany with a tan head. Aroma is a very nice malt with a dark fruit or cherry spice to it. Flavor on the other hand can be a bit watery but is still detect carmal malts and fruits. Hops make and appearence as well. over all ok but nothing really stands out to put it over the top.
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2005
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
ipa like aroma, dark pour, growing on me as the season progresses, kind of a tinny after-taste
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep ruby red with a good chunk of creamy thick tan head. Nose is nice. Very malty. There are some cherries, dark dried fruits, molasses, and some light floral english hops as well. Initial thought was that this was all malts and a thick smokiness. As I drank more, more fruits and hop tones came out. Those cherries in the nose were apparent in the taste, along with with some light hops, maybe some orange peel, and very very subtle spicing. Lots of caramel malt to serve as the backbone. I enjoyed the relative lack of spicing, as some of these Christmas beers seem to go overboard. This one reminded me more of a fruity Bock. Bottle says this beer is bottle conditioned, but I just dont see that. Most of GIís beers, especially the bottled ones, are mediocre and uninspiring, but I found this one to be rather good. Merry Christmas all!
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, Deep dark brown in color with a nice tan head. Malty and hoppy flavor. Some smokey notes. Flavor is malty and spicey. Finish is hoppy. Ok beer.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a somewhat dense tan head. Aroma is OSA-like with some leaves and smoky malts. Taste is strange with some brown sugar and cinnamon but thereís an off flavor Iím not digging too much. Me suspects use of an English yeast (Ringwood?) that Iím not a big fan of.
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - NOV 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Ardor. Good looking dark amber color with a nice off white head leaving some nice lacing. A spicy aroma which leads to a fairly complex body of spices, hoppy bitterness and some carmel malt flavors. Very drinkable, I would try this again.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 bottle-aged in my cellar for a year. Nice beer, better than I remembered last year. Lots of malty, toasty goodness and a clean finish. One of the better X-mas seasonals