neepsntatties (1276) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2009
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
What the...?! Did I get a bad bottle?! I think I’ve enjoyed everything from this brewery that I’ve ever had, but this is....eeeeewwwww! Colour... (the only redeeming feature) black with no head. Nose... eeeewwwww! Sour, musty, rank, vomit-like. Palate... even more eeewwww!! Too weird, funky and musty. Some malt but mostly, eeeeewwww!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a dark mahogany color with a nice foamy tan head. The nose is roasty with some sweet raisin and fig along with a tart cherry and fruit note. Very malty with a tart balance in the nose. The flavor is chewy with some chocolate and more tart fruit notes, tons of body and raisin. Finishes clean and balanced. Quite delicious and malty, very nice balance. Much better than the american hop forward christmas seasonals.
jredmond (5834) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2010 Bottle split with Dallas. Pours a black body with large brown frothy head. Lots of sediment present. Aroma is tart at first, followed by feint fruit and some roast - very interesting. The taste is light roast with hints of tarty esters. Great brew.
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black, faintly translucent. Mocha, lingering head. Nose is very tart with slight roast. Tastes very roasty, almost porterish, but mainstains the tart taste. Slightly hoppy flavor. Thin finish. Almost too quick. Very nice brew.
Suttree (5338) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, pretty much no head. Boozy, syrupy, molassessy aroma. Very heavy palate, but also very smooth. Some bitterness, some herbal notes, and quite a bit of coffee/chocolate. Pretty tasty...
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - NOV 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Super dark brown/black pour with minimal tan head. Nose reveals roasted/burnt malts, coffee notes, and a bitter cocoa sweetness. Flavor is bold with roasted malts, star anise, and bitter chocolate. Has many dry stout qualities, and even brings to mind the flavor profile of a Koff Porter. Mouthfeel is quite nice, with ample carbonation to keep the boldness from becoming too much ... making it rather drinkable. Solid brew.
AmEricanbrew (6177) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 98 bottled okt2007 bb okt2010. Dark brown color with a thin tan head. Big vinous, fruity aromas with roasty malts wet wood mild cocoa. Smooth medium body with light carbonation. Great flavors of dark raisons medium roasted malts chocolate and black licorice. Very nice Old Ale.
Enjoyit (3519) - Vadum, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black of color with a foamy light brown head. An aroma of liqurice, bitter and roasted malt. A flavor of sweets, liqurice, dark fruits and malty.
Beerdedone (2821) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with a small creamy tan head. aroma of dark malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and has a hint of raisins. Flavor was dark roasted malts, mild coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and some caramel with a full body and has a slightly bitter finish.
Nuffield (3735) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I liked this one much more than Jazz88 did. I thought the roasted, coffee, and rich chocolate flavors were nicely blended, with a decent bitter touch. Reasonably rich palate. But not everyone is so taken with this porter-like Christmas beer. Works for me.