Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pour is splendid a dark brown, with a large off white head and great lacing. The nose is that of dark fruit, rum, malt and caramel. The flavor is pleasantly sweet up front followed with nice touches of dark fruit and vinous characteristics, not to mention just the right warming effect. Another great seasonal, canít wait to age some and try this one again.
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice... Interesting aromas of spice and earth, malt and caramel. The flavor is full of prune, banana, spice, malt, and alcohol. The blend is very nice, and has given me interest in aging a bottle for next year.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12/12/07, 750ml bottle, Christmas 2004 vintage. pours murky brown with off white head. nose is loaded with rum raisins, plums, and lots of toffee. flavor is initially sweet toffee, raisins, hints of rum and port wine. it sort of thins out towards the finish while the aged malts become clear with port wine and caramelized plums. alcohol is well hidden. body is medium. This has aged well and its really tasty but perhaps this peaked at 2 years.
pet3rman (375) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2015 Dec 2007
2005 (aged): Excellent!!
Really aged nicely. Aroma of fruit and malt. Really smooth with minimal alcohol burn. Body maintains fullness. Great stuff. Thanks to Fatheads, Pitts.
JK (5624) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Seriously heavy it is. Perhaps the best Christmas beer ever. The aroma is loaded with malt and fruit, but spice as well. Some coriander and liquorice. Anise in the flavor with more sweet malt and dark, fermenting fruit. Some red wine, port. Exceptionally full palate. World Class. I look forward to trying my 2005.
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007, poured a dark amber color, hints of sugar and light spices. nice tan head. sweet taste hoppy too. medium mouthfull, nice bitter ending. warming finish.. I liked it alot!
tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Christmas 2006 version poured with with a thick tan head and produced bold aromas of raisins and candi sugar. Flavors offered hints of maize and liquorice. Overall slightly sweet dark malt flavors dominated, with a slightly warming finish. Nice.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber/brown with a one finger lasting tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of caramel, sweet fruit, light spices, and light floral hops. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium full mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and a hint of alcohol. Very good.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with reddish hues and a mostly receding wispy light tan head. Aroma of tropical fruits: banana, pineapple, lemon, and flowery esters. Taste of caramel, cherry, wood, banana, and peaches. Mouthfeel full bodied, lightly sweet with lush carbonation.
gnoff (9430) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(33 cl bottle, thanks larsniclas!)
Apparently purchased one year ago before our tasting session.
Deep ruby red color, tan to brown head. Scent is alcohol, sweet, milky and spicy. Marzipan as well, also solvents. Spicy and alcohol taste, also milk and a slight bit acidic. Medium high bitterness.Smooth nice mouthfeel.