SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a little chocolate, some spice. nice and hoppy finish piney and some citrus. slightly creamy mouthfeel. an easy drinking ale. quite smooth and nice.
sfontain (763) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Somebody called this a "winter lager," and so I’ll be kind and chalk that up to inexperience... Anyway, dark garnet with a small, beige head. You MUST allow this beer to warm up to get good flavor and scent; served cold, this is a fair beer at best. Aroma heavily toasted malt, lots of raisin/date, and some brown sugar/caramel. Flavor very malty with a lot of sharp, sugary sweetness; a little of that dark fruit vibe; a touch sour; light hop bitterness lingers. Slightly thin; too sticky. Not bad.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle Bottle don 09/24/04 deep brown hued beer, thing head...smells of carmel, roasty, chocolatey malt, and a bit of butter. somewhat thin, but still decent...light flavors of malt, especially dark malts... nice bitter finish, but not overdone. Pretty enjoyable easy drinking ale.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 this beer surprised me...great appearance (a deep brownish red); a somewhat flowery, spicey aroma with citrus hints; a toasted chocolatey taste, with some spice notes;a pleasant beer drinking experience
fidemaster (253) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 One of the best winter lagers, full of flavor, deep rich red, smooth toasted grain, cereal, taste, with a hint of chocolate. perfect for the holidays.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, mahonony color with a tan head. Aroma of caramel, toast, and fruit. Great flavor of toasted grain, milk, caramel, mixed fruit, oily hops and an underpinning of dry chocolate. Solid, medium body with some creaminess. This tastes more like a well-made American brown ale to me than an Old Ale. Also, this sample was from the 03 version.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep garnet with a tan head. Aroma is of yeast, spice, and fig. It has a chewy mouthful. Tastes is yeast with spice, and prominant fig with other dark fruits. Plum and currants were noticable. The malts and the hops are easily noticable in this beer. I definately prefer the IPA over this one.
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Surprisingly pleasant, smooth, beautiful deep red, creamy head, lightly chocolate and cinnamon, toasty-nutty, do I hear sleigh-bells?
Metalhead (621) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good but not top notch. Toasted biscuits,mild chocolate and spices. Not bad mid level holiday beer. Buy it on sale.
heemer77 (5078) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown with a nice red peeking through the edges when put up to light. A large off white, creamy head tops the great looking body. Nice bready and yeasty aroma. Also has notes of cinnamon and some mango. Tastes of toast and nutmeg. Also has a little bit of pear. A very nice offering. Probably the best I have had from GI.