DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ahh a very fine brew for xmas but i wouldn't expect anything else from the Belgians.A nice rich brown brew with a foamy head that dissapated after a few minutes.Heavy taste of alcohol like rum which was delicious.The finish kept my belly warm for awhile.
ARMed (570) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dec. 25th is the only time to treat oneself to a Christmas a fine Beer like this. YES! This was very nice Christmas beer with a lot of flavor and a very nice finish. This was an exceptional Christmas Ale. Merry Christmas!
Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What better to review for Christmas day than this one? 750ml brown bottle, corked and caged. No freshness date seen, but it's the 2003 batch. The cork basically shot out of the bottle when opened, indicating a very effervescent beer inside. Served in my Chimay chalice for full effect. Rich aromas of the season, such as nutmeg, cinnamon, yeasty bread, rum soaked raisins, brandy soaked dark fruits like figs, dates, and plums. Poured out a murky light brown color, with a decadent oatmeal colored head. Thick lacing evident along the sides of the glass, along with a mat of yeasty islands floating in the middle. Tastes are of Christmas in a glass. Grandma's special brandy soaked fruitcake, in liquid form.
Absolutely heavenly in both taste & texture. Incredibly rich mouthfeel, silky & smooth. Spicy yeast makes for an interesting combination with the strong malt backbone. Finishes dry, and somewhat sweet, but not cloying. A really great choice on my part for today.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Ale pours a red amber color with a tan head and little lace. The aroma is of ripe cheese. The flavor is sweet and spicy and shows some woody/sherry notes. The palate is rather light. Overall, I like this pretty well.
larsniclas (5186) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2004 Draught at The Rover, Gothenburg.
Dark amber with a fine head.
Fresh and spicy aroma and a sweetish flavour with toffee.
A bit thin though.
Re-rate christmas 04. It’s now a year older and has matured a lot. Really full aroma; a bit aceton and chocolate. A lot of raisin in the flavour.
Nuffield (3536) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extremely rich aroma propelled by alcohol, giving fruit and malts. Moderate head, frothing on a dark wood-red body. Complex alcohol flavors. (Sampled at Southern Ratebeer Gathering, Austin, TX, December 6, 2003)
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet liquorice aroma. Good caramel malt sweetness, Malt is deep and rich. Sweet alcoholic finish. Straigtforward,but very pleasant in an uncomplex way.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet licorce and cream aroma. Ruby, light brown head, good lace. Licorice, anis, sweet, butter, soft. I think this beer must age well.
bierkoning (9549) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Creamy salmiacaroma. It seems surprisingly thin at first, but it isn't. Flavor has salmiac, anis and butter. A malty sweetness, that gets stronger. Storage is needed to gain some depth and complexity.
caesar (4501) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dutch ratebeer meeting. Clear red-brown, medium head. Aroma of licorice and anis. Sweet taste, licorice, butter, lakritz/salmiak, anis.