ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber. Aroma is dominated by chocolate and sweet malts. Chocolate, spices, and carmalized sugar all come through in the taste. Finishes with a small hop bitterness that lingers pretty well. I must revisit this one before the Winter is over.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz brown bottle purchased from Armanetti’s, Libertyville, IL. 8.1% ABV. Clear dark amber ale having a small diminishing head. Soft carbonation. Earthy, spicy, and caramel aromas. Medium-to-full bodied that starts with spice, conifer (juniper?), wood, smoke, caramel and light sweet malt flavors. Finishes dry with lingering bitterness. Interesting deeply spicy complex flavors which some may find overwhelming. This is a very good warm and spicy drinkable winter brew. Warming this beer to near room temperature is necessary for full flavor development.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 vintage: Deep brown hue. Sweet fruity nose, caramel, grain, hops. Pale tan head, mostly diminishing leaving some lace. Soft palate, toasty grain, caramel, cocoa, cherry, nutty, medium body, with nice hopped up finish. Quite bitter, pungent hops, spicy and in your face. Quite enjoyable I must say.
NachlamSie (2783) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2013 10 oz. pour at the brewery followed by a pint at Illegal Pete’s. I was looking forward to revisiting this one. It’s near black with a tall light head. The aroma is a little different from the norm with hints at seaweed, rice, leather, fresh oak and chocolate. The palate is medium heavy and creamy. There is a sharp crisped rice cereal character with an almost smoky backdrop. Notes of earth, cacao nibs and slight dark fruits are in the flavor. Great winter beer.
jigglyjock (161) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich chocolate malts. I healthy medium hop bitterness. Thick surupy mouth feel with a low carbonation. Perfect winter ale. Has that hearty richness you need on a cold day.
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark amber...seemed cloudy and hazey at first, but clarified fairly quickly. Frothy white head disappeared soon after pour.
Aroma is very interesting...at first you notice the fruity hops and a little spice...then you notice something distinctly sweet: and I can’t place exactly what it is. It reminds of Christmas cookies or a sweet drink of sorts...or maybe something out of a scratch and sniff book...it’s peculiar and very interesting.
The tastse is great, too...initial hop bitterness melts into malty sweetness. It’s not just well-balanced, the muliple facets of flavor flow into each other without boundary.
A great winter ale!!
Bjorn74 (3) - Copenhagen V, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2005 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
An interesting aroma of mould and chocolate - a hint of hops. Nice head on pouring, but it does’nt last. Deep brown, chestnut colour. The chocolate is in the flavour as well, along with malt notes, and a strong hoppy bitterness.
anders37 (16927) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red colour. The head is off-white. Aroma of malt molasses and bitter chocolate. Malty and a little sweet flavor. Lots of chocolate and caramel aswell. Some bitter hops in the aftertaste. Very warming and nice beer.
steview (1021) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
this beer kicks a bit of ass! i had this before my main course at an indian restaurant in bloomington, il / muddy brown body; raisin, caramel, crisp, rich, smooth, and tasty... it’s actually deep. / i’ll have to rate again for my memory is lost within my notes!
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slight caramel aroma. Pours a dark red. Great malty flavor balanced with great hops. Some rich caramel, chocolate, vanilla, then crisp hops, with a great hop finish.