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 (6300) - 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 (3133) - 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 it’s 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 (1093) - 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 (7812) - 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.
sbrewno (49) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap-Palmer’s in LaGrange. Reddish brown look promises a winter warmer. Nice spice in the aroma. Good, round, malty spice flavor. A little walnut or vanilla, maybe. Could use more ABV for better cheer. All told a good Goose.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown, small off white head. Aroma of piney hops, and creamy malts. Falvor is nuts, hops, and a fruitty finish. Has darker undertones. Nice brew.
Dogbrick (8139) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This holiday beer is a reddish-brown color with a thin dark beige head that dissapeared pretty fast. Thin, stringy lacing. The aroma is pleasantly roasty and malty, with a bit of spice thrown in. The flavor is hard to categorize, as it has elements of a Belgian and an Alt. Fruit, malt, spice and caramel flavors are all there. The finish is sweet fruit with a touch of hops. Overall this is a good beer for the holidays.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours red/amber-mahogony with slight tan head. Nose is hoppier than expected, mildly spicyand of toasted maltyness. Flavor is bitter, yet sweet. The malt tones come through in smooth creaminess. There is a nice balanced finish. This beer would be nice with Christmas dinner.