jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice tan head and a sweet, malty, spicy nose. dark amber red-brown. Head is thin and fizzy. Big malt and and big body. A bit roasted and a little warming. Sharp on the tongue, and a bit spicy, in a good way. A fine beer for the season, maybe a bit too laid back for the style.
Armyboy30 (1) - Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2004 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
To the last losers from Canada and Ohio...go drink your wine coolers and leave the beer tasting to people who know and love beer. For a Christmas ale this is a very good one. If you like thick, dark and somewhat bitter beer is hits the spot on a cold day. This beats most beers that are made everyday. This needs to be made year around.
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish brown ale with no head. Aroma of raisin, wet dog and musk. Raisins and prunes taste overshadowed by evil carboard, some nice hops in mid tastting, a sweetness lingering in mouth. Medium bodied, but falls flat at end.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a pretty color, but the lack of head doesnít help the score. Overall, this beer is very boring.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep ruby color, foamy tan head. Predominantly malty, kind of earthy. Light yeast in there as well. Dryer on the tongue, medium bodied. Pretty nice.
5000 (5613) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours a reddish hued brown, medium sandy colored frothy head, decent lacing, with very light carbonation. † Slight coffee and carob mix on the nose. † Dominant tobacco and overcooked vegetable up front, followed by some subtle carob and roasted malts. † Body and mouthfeel seem somewhat average. † Finishes rather bland, strong malts with a smattering of carob, smoke, and hops. † Pretty uneventful. † Thanks goes out to TAR for the trade!
SpringsLicker (2937) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Indra for this one!
Deep ruby color that forms a small tan head.
Rich malty yeasty aroma.
Sweet nutty flavor with a dry palate and medium body that lingers on the tongue.
Aspects of a beer bigger than itís 5.4% alcohol.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - DEC 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My sweet baby of a girlfriend grabbed a sixer of this for me the other night while I was at work. I enjoyed it with her when I arrived home. Kudos babe!! Nose of perfume & pine with underlying hints of spice. Pours a dark walnut with garnet highlights. The large tan rocky head is fully lasting with great lacing. The flavor reminds me of GL Edmund Fitzgerald; totally robust & very complex with a humdinger of a finish. The lively dry body feels very sharp at the finish. I thought this a Robust Porter, so if you are inclined to that sort, you need to try this for the holidays.
kujo9 (1091) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Buckeye Brewing: Large lasting light tan head on a brown body. Moderately malty w/ toasted, bready, and roasted malts. Lightly woody hop aroma with some ginger and nutmeg aromas as well. Well balanced w/ roasted and toasted malt flavors. Some spicy ginger mid palate, and a dry herbal hop finish & aftertaste. Some light acidity and coffee roastiness in the aftertaste as well. Medium body, dry m/f, and medium carbonation. Very well made Holiday ale for my tastes. Very moderately spiced, not overdone as a usual w/ some spiced beers.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown body, with a smallish tan head. Some hops and malt in the aroma. Nice bitterness over a malty backround, predominately hops in the flavour. Average palate. Quite nice. Toronto Christmas Party 2004.