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
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Dark brown color with off white head. Caramel and chocolate flavor and aroma with spicy spruce hop untertones.
Kevin (2182) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 19, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
a nice looking pour. deep dark brown with a thick lasting coffee cream head. the nose is a bit scary. smells like dryer sheets plastic cinnamon and green tall grass. this is very hoppy. the bitter is forefront here. some caramel flavor with the grass flavor. some sweet tea in the finish. an interesting beer. not something i would seek out again but not necessarilly bad.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. I liked the look of this one. Poured dark brown with a reddish hue. Had a toffee head that gradually faded away. Malts dominate this one with notes of caramel, light smoke, and various mild spices. Finishes with a good hop bite.
McKnizzle69 (89) - Machesney Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ho Ho Ho This bottle is from 9/29/05. Nice and fresh. Very light brown in color and a very nice fruity holiday smell. This beer has a lot of spice and a great roasted malt flavor. The malts definatly dont drown out the hint of sweetness, maybe carmel.
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled on 110104. So, I get last years vintage. Letís see how it holds up over a year... It pours to dark brown body with a red sheen to it. Itís definitely filtered. Anyway, the head is huge and thick. Lasting. Nice lacing. Looks like a nice beer. The aroma is spicy and nutty. More like a brown ale aroma. Walnuts and light brown sugar. The flavor is more old ale than brown ale, however. I get some nice roasted malts that are like sweetened tea and light milk chocolate. Some walnuts and nutmeg/mace. Lightly spicy. Pretty balanced. The palate is creamy, medium bodied, carbonated, and acidic.
JFGrind (1949) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 09.29.05, which is barely autumn on my calendar. Crimson color, chocolate malts and some spice in the flavor. It had the characterisitcs of an English Old Ale. I picked up a 6-pack @ Igliís Supermarket in Rockford, IL for $8.49. Iím cellaring at least one Christmas Ale to sample at a later date and to find out how it bottle conditions.