BennyTicklez (621) - USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown with a tan head. Fruity raisin, malty taste followed by a sweet slight hop twinge. Full mouthfeel. I could see myself putting a few of these down on xmas day.
rudolf (2341) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Herbal nose - almost like iced tea. Hints of milk chocolate, ruch ruby with a tan head. Kind of a hearty IPA. Herbal hops. Rich malt. Bitter herbal finish. Mouthfeel is creamy & coating.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Didn’t seem to be as impressed with this as everyone else was. Aroma was somewhat weak, though I did detect as interesting hint of mint, taste was fairly mild , malty and again a hint of mint and some other spices. Seems like a holiday brew geared towards the masses
flemdawg (531) - Naples, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Dark red, "new motor oil" color, tan head with good lacing. Aroma was ginger, fruit(cranberries, grapefruit). The taste was holiday spices and a grapefruity hop bite. Pretty good.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cola brown color with a tinge of red held in the light. Decent off-white head with persistent lacing. Moderate carbonation. Has that dark fruity malt aroma that lets you know it will start sweet. Also has a little buttered toast to it. Hop aroma is present but subdued(as it should be for the style). Tastes as advertised with a little chocolate and a fairly long, bitter finish. Fairly rich mouthfeel. Decent winter ale, can only find as part of the sampler pack up here so I won’t be revisiting too often.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a very dark red, almost brown. It had a nice head with some thin lacing. I wasn’t able to detect too much aroma. This was better once it warmed. some spice, malts and a bit of hops int he flavour. It had a good palate, a bit thicker. No a bad winter beer.
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 (802) - 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 (2313) - 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