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 (542) - Rowlett, Texas, 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 (876) - 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 (845) - 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 (2312) - 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 (288) - 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.