Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - MAR 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby red colour, good, creamy and lasting head. Delicate aroma with just some hints of caramel and malts. The flavour is sweet, with good traces of burnt sugar, chocolate, liquorice and cherry. The sweetness is well balanced by the bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden.
TAR (2391) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear auburn. Light maple creamy foam with marvelous stickiness. Rrefined, yet mild aroma of wood notes, earthy hop, faint vanilla, lightly toasted grain, licorice, and cola. Starts thin on the palate but quickly turns creamy with a late rush of tiny bubbles. Maple flavors are accompanied by traces of licorice and subtle chocolate while hop bitters tease you before the long toasted, bready finish. Notable acidity. Well masked alcohol. A sophisticated seaonal sipper.
argo0 (11124) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear red-brown body with minimal head. Aroma is cherry, slightly sweet. Taste is cherry coke-ish and unimpressive.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, DENMARK - JAN 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2012
2012-12-02, bottle from Tonneau Verre, Yverdon-les-Bains, 8.8% ABV
bb 10.11.12, maybe a couple years old, 8-5-8-4-16=41
It pours a clean dark brown color, with generous beige creamy head, and nice lace. It’s a good malty brew, with caramel accents, perfectly mature, with a delicate nuttiness; quite sweet but balanced, with correct bitterness.
2007-11-20, draught at Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Mahogany color with red hue. It has a bit soapy aroma and some rhubarb, with good caramel flavor; light roasted malt, chocolate and rhubarb. The bitterness is a bit above its ordinary level. Balanced, very good!
2006-11-27, draught at Den Tatoverede Enke, Vintage 2003, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Beautiful dark amber color; thick head. The aroma shows some age and some alcohol. What the aroma lost, the taste gained, in complexity: malt, caramel, Madeira wine, candy, Caribbean rum…
2003-01-21, bottle, 2-4-8-4-15=33
Dark color, beautiful head. Unpleasant aroma: cardboard, wet paper… Strong malty body, sweet, well balanced only at the end, with a sharp caramel character (and some hop).
Not complex, but robust, sweet Christmas beer.
SilkTork (5021) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Godfather of Christmas Ale!
domtom (65) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It has a superb dark brown colour with a very nice head. It has a very (almost too) deep aroma of caramel, cream, butter and mocha. The flavour lacks of specificity and is a little bit flat. The finish is pleasant with a nice bitterness. A good beer but unbalanced between aroma and flavour.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - DEC 31, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby red color and a fluffy head. Light malt nose and taste with some nutty flavors – like a spice cake at times. Medium body and decent balance. Could have been a little spicier and complexer.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - DEC 30, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malt, barn nose. Brown with hints of red, little frothy head. Semi sweet malt taste. Long lasting malty finish. Nice glass.
Gaffer99 (7) - London, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2002 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Best Xmas beer I have tasted - I like the fact it is less sweet than other Xmas beers. Spicey on the palate, and a good long botter finish.
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown with red highlights. Decent head with a soap sud character. Clingy lace. Sweet malt and spice nose with hints of chocolate. Caramel malt and spice flavors. Bitter spicy aftertaste.