MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz - 2004 - Aroma is plum, oak, and raisin. Pours a deep brownish red with a medium brown head and great lacing. Flavor is very malty, full of dark fruits and sweet holiday cheer. Subtle nutmeg and ginger. What a tasty brew! Palate is think and creamy. This is one great brew that isn’t a slap in the face but just plain smooth and good.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours ruby red with a lasting head and decent lacing. Aroma is like root beer. Flavor is well balanced with a subtle warming from the alcohol. A very nice ale for winter.
hershiser2 (1271) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Paid $1.99 for a 12-oz bottle. Pours dark cloudy brown with a small tan head. Lots of ordinary maltiness in the nose. Nice dark fruits and malts in the mouth, but it’s also very metallic, which hurts the rating a bit. Take away the metallic finish and this’d be a very nice brew.
Hangover (1076) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - NOV 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark dark copper pour with a nice eggshell head. Roasty malt aroma with some chocolate and dried fruit. Very sweet taste initially, with some caramel and nuttiness. Full bodied, and there is a lot of flavor in there... some smoke showing up later. BItter hop finish. Pretty good seasonal. Alcohol hits later than expected, but it’s there.
OldGrowth (2790) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Julio’s. Year bottled 2005. Ok nose, sweet. Chocolate, nutty, little smoke. Some raisin/fig as it warmed. Clean orangy brown color, good head that faded to a ring. Bitter flavors, Like aroma with some grapefruit kickin around. Thicker bodied, creamy oily mouthfeel, dry, that’s the ABV, powdery finish. Nice brew, I might of drank this too fast as I started getting some fruity notes toward the end. Another winner from Great Divide.
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice deep brown. Strong flavor, you can slightly feel the alcohol but it is by no means overpowering. Aftertaste has a sweetness to it. Solid beer.
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2006 12 oz bottle. Pours a deep brown with a thin head. Aroma is all malt with a hint of alcohol. The taste is pleasent roasted malts, a bit of chocolate and coffee. Just a little bit of the dry-hopping comes through Clings to the palate. This is worth the wait every year.
Dorwart (2403) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tall head that has bulged out of the top of my tulip. Thick and dense tan head. Roasty, smokey aroma with plenty of malts, caramel, prunes and a hint of terriaki. Color is a dark mahagony brown. Thick palate with more smoke, roasted grains, peat and dark fruit. Nice alcohol warming and tingle. Finish is creamy and warming with a slight sourness. A pretty good strong ale.
PhillyBeer2112 (2565) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Garnet tinged brown with a huge khaki foaming head. Rich aroma emphasizes chocolate and walnuts. A light citric hop aroma is present, but it doesn’t have the strong aromatics of a dry hopped ale. The flavor is nicely balanced: a caramelly sweet malt presents first, with a touch of munichy melanoidins, and a full hop bitterness rises to the finish.Citric finishing hops seems to arise the more I get into this beer. Alcoholic kick warms in the chest, but is not very noticeable in the flavor, except as a tingle in the long aftertaste. Good version of a winter seasonal, moderately complex, strong, sippable, demands cellar to almost room temperature drinking.
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark amber with a thin tan head. Very malty and stout like aroma with caramel, chocolate, floral hops, and a nutty character. Has a great strong sweet malty taste that has a creamy but syrupy texture. There is also a strong hop presence (tastes sort of like grapefruit) that balances the malts well. Outstanding bittersweet finish. Excellently balanced winter beer.