willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
09.30.05 12oz bottle Mahogany pour. Malty and rich, itís loaded with bitter fruits like over-dried raisins, underripe plums. Big resinous hops are drying and, frankly, brutal with the big peppery alcohol and spicy yeast. This stuff could use some time on wood. Glory be! They did it!
jcwattsrugger (11227) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bomber-pours a rich, thick, tan head. Color is dark reddish/brown. Aroma is malt, chocolate and sweet. Taste follows, OK but not my taste. 2.7
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Out of a bottle, 2004 vint. Aroma interesting, slight raisin, roast malt and piney hops. Pour was a ruby-esqe with a quick dimminishing head. Flavor was good nice malt complex, caramel and raisin and then wack a nice dose of sweet hops. Palate was nice, medium fullness that finished hoppy. Overall nice I liked it.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Red brown colour with a medium baige head. Caramel malty, Pine tree, dark fruits aroma and a sweet hoppy fruity taste. Medium body and a sweet hoppy finish.
Ughsmash (7182) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (2004). Clear deep ruby pour with a short beige head. Wonderful aroma picks up rich malts (dark fruits and caramel primarily), pine needles, and spices (including nutmeg)... notably stronger as it warmed. Full and rich on the palate too. Coffee, citrus/pine hops, wintery spices, and bread found the tastebuds... and danced well together. Dry finish wih a nice hop array and some chocolate. Glad I busted this one out tonight!
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 1998. Pour is dark brown and murky w/ much sediment. Smooth tan head. Nose of tart bread and malt, some light apple notes. Taste is some dry chocolate, dates, caramel, and a nice dry finish.
jde123 (765) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Definately a bit too much to drink on a hot, himid evening in washington d.c. This was fairly decent, quite a bit better than most winter seasonals Iíve experienced, although the only one I bought in the summer. Thatíll teach me. Definatly has some powerful flavors in here, donít mesh great together, but it gets the job done. I would definately reccommend this one.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2005
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle, from 1998: Think that this one may have been in the bottle a bit too long. Found it a smaller beer store that doesnít appear to pay much attention. Poured a darker orange/brown with a receding white head. Aromas were very sweet darkerk fruits and caramel. Flavor was very light and clean, not a whole lot there, watered down caramel.
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 bottle - pours out almost black in color. taste is sweet, somewhat hoppy, and malty. almost like drinking a stout is what i originally thought. upon first drink, it was too cold, so i let it sit for about 20 minutes before drinking again, and my what a great brew this turned out to be. one of great divides better beers - still cant compete with their big beers though - but its the best 12 oz bottle from them you can get.
BeerandBlues2 (10074) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 Bottle. Pours mahagony with a frothy light brown head and lined spotty lacing. Caramel chocoalate sweet maple malt (meal) with alocohol notes and, well almost a bread pudding aroma, and ends with a fruity hop nose. Bitter caramel malt alcohol and sweet chocolate malt body with a warm acidic dry finish. Full body and creamy palate that then finishes dry.