argo0 (11823) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear garnet body with minimal off-white head. Aroma is light sweet, not much else. Taste is smoke, mild fruity sweet, some spice. Minimal finish. Light body.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2003
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Boring. Watery feel. Smokey, coffee taste. Needs more hops, less smoke flavoring. I'm not too impressed, sadly. I bought this one because my local beer store closed before I could get my Anchor Liberty Ale, so I was stuck with what the gas station offered. It is nice that they have Goose Island products though.
It just tastes uninspired... A clone of some other Goose Island beers with some slight changes.
craven5000 (102) - Westville, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2003
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had to make a small attempt for the tan head, which dissipated quickly. Despite the body being a nice dark ruby red, it felt very light and a bit watery. It was surprising in both how smooth it was and how light it tasted. This is the most pleasing ale I have had.
3fourths (8344) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2012 Deep ruby red appearance. Smells of strawberries and woody raspberry. Very smooth throughout, sweet wood and chocolate with a light fruit touch leading to a wet, sweet finish. A very good Xmas beer, one of my favorites.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent looking ale, deep garnet-brown with a dense tan head and good retention. Nice malt aroma, roasted barley with a hint of smoke. Has some hop aroma there as well. Flavor is less impressive, smoky malt and slightly bitter. Finishes dry. Good mouthfeel, medium bodied. Nothing exceptional, but a decent brew.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 25, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium sized, thin brown head sits on a pretty dark red/brown color. Aroma is malty and chocolatey, slightly sweet. Flavor is malty at first, with a smokey middle, and a smooth finish, with just a bit of an off metalic note creeping in. Palate is a little thin, but not bad. Overall it's a decent brew.
bbrock81 (309) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - NOV 20, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, red-brown color, spicy aroma and flavor. Very smooth, thick feeling beer. One of the best winter beers.
alcoholica (128) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red pour with nice foamy head. Very spicy and malty. The hops are damn good. SMell of hops and malt. Very good beer, can't stop drinking them during the season.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red brown color with small white head.Aroma is of caramel and roasted malts.Flavor has a nutty caramel taste that gets sweeter as you go.Nice fruity bitter finish.A solid Christmas brew!
Silphium (3186) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This Christmas concoction pours a dark ruby red-brown with a thin ring of off-white foam clinging to the glass. Nuts and caramel in the aroma. Flavor is rich and succulent; I detect wood, dark candied fruits, nuts, caramel, and floral hops. A rich and remarkable brew, perfect for the season.