Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby color, poor head retention and no lacing. The best aspect of this beer is its aroma - malt, figs, spice, and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is a bit disappointing given the nose, but definitely not bad, just a little thin. Effervescent, medium body, a bit of alcohol in the finish. Not on the same level as some of the elite Belgian strong ales, but quite enjoyable and one of the better Christmas beers I've tried.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer poured a deep reddish amber color and formed a light tan bubbly head that left some circular lace. Quite a bit of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel, spices and dark fruit. A flavor of malt, caramel and fruits. Some elements of spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg are also present. A very heavy flavor presence to this beer.
Bov (9602) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark ruby-brown colour, fine head, deep aroma of banana and port wine with notes of spices and licorice, full-bodied, sweet and heavy with a long dry bitter and alcohol finish
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2003 ReRate: 750 corked [2003 fresh]:Murky mahogany copper rests in the glass as a patch-work of wispy taupe coloured clouds disperse like the Pangaea of old. . . The aroma fills my nostrils and head with sharp anise, nutmeg, tea leaves, cherry skin and fruity dough. Full spicy flavour that begins with white grape skin, buttered toast , bitter cranberries and finishes with coarse black pepper and other spices.
Orginal [2002 fresh] (3.5): Dark brown, minimal head, but lingering. . . Nice nutty/malty aroma. . . Good amount of alcohol on the palate, good spices in the back of the mouth and on the way down. Lingering malty flavours with some fruit, another great Christmas present.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very tasty ale. Malty and creamy, the mouthfeel is so soft that you hardly know it's there. The aroma is fantastic, I don't know what it is but it smells great. I need an air freshener that smells like this. 10.5% very well hidden. I like this brewery so far.
hopscotch (9214) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is malty and soapy with notes of caramel, yeast, winter spices and a whisper of mint and alcohol.
Sparkling clear, deep ruby hue with a copper tint. Large, frothy khaki-colored head. Mostly lasting with very impressive lacework.
The flavor starts with pears and fuzzy fruits with blasts of caramel, toffee and butter. Nicely balanced with light bitterness on the backside. The high ABV is fairly well-hidden.
Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Medium-length, acrid and dry finish.
Very good Belgian ale excepting an unfamiliar, and not entirely welcomed, hop or spice addition.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep red color with a nice tan/off-white head. The aroma is sweet and fruity, marked by apples, cherries, prunes, raisin, and alcohol. Nice fruit in the flavor, but also a bit of nut, whole grain, caramel and subtle spices. A nice holiday brew even though it's been awhile.
TAR (2503) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2004 2002: Light chestnut. Dense, rocky, light tan foam. Fruitcakey malt amid oodles of plum, fig, and bubblegum notes. Hints of icorice, ginger, butter rum, clove, aniseed, mint, and rock candy. Firm, velvety carbonation. Chewy. Huge fruitiness mixed of aniseed and plummy malts. Traces of mint and ginger. Beautiful finish shows long notes of caramel malt breadinesss and licorice. Lingering fruitcake flavors with soft spices.There's nothing quite like this. A winner of a holiday brew.
jaymobrown (1676) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium brown color with a good sized head sittin atop. Muted dark flavors with black licorice, plum, raisins, and some cherries. Noticable alcohol with some balanced hops.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good ale goes down warm. Creamy malty carmel flavor. Well hidden Abv. Recommended