goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear ruby, with a minimal head and non-existant lace. Very small amount of carbonation present. Strong, vinous aroma - fruits like raisin, plum, caramel malts, and alcohol all tickle the nostrils. Flavor is quite sweet, sugary, caramel, and underlying alcohol, along with a mild bitterness in the back that was very subtle. Mouthfeel was buttery and thick. Alcohol is warming towards the end of the small bottle.
Trappistenbier (52) - BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
No big foamhead but a thin foam layer was always visible. Dark amber coloured and clear (no refermentation in the bottle). Mouthfeeling was from a very dense, sirupy one. Roasted, sweet, malt bitter and some undefined spices. Aftertaste was nicely roast bitter and spicy. yes, I think this is not bad at all !!!
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
No head on a dark copper/light brown color. Smells strong, vinuous, sweet, and fruity. Insanely short "flavor time" with no after taste. It seems like beer disappears as soon as it hits your mouth. Easily forgotten.
Suttree (5685) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
No head, deep brown color. Smells like butterscotch, nutmeg, and a little gingerbread. Butterscotch dominates the taste, and it actually seems a little greasy on the palate. I ended up not really liking this one much.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2004 No head and muddy brownness combined in scariness..the aroma was a spicy licorice infused overripe chocolate covered bananas..the flavors were like banana bread, spiced pumpkin, nutmeg and chocolate soda with hints of ginger and cloves..the carbination was very low and it was very spicy overall re-rate 2003: Licorice notes, mouthfeel not thick enough, still quite spicey...and to tell you the truth, reminds me a little of J.W. lees harvest...but not thick enough...
Crit (3638) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 27, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thick sweet and syrupy.Light fruit notes.Not much else other then the alcohol heat.
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2000 Version. Light chestnut color with a touch of red. Minimal head. Very vinous with undertones of spice and brandy. Still sweet even after this aging.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Quite flat. Tart, fruity notes, maybe some spices as well. Pears, apples, estery flavors. Not a great Xmas ale.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark ruby brown, it tried to generate a head, but didn’t have it in it. Hot sweet alcohol aroma. Malt is thick and forbodingly sweet, with an almost teeth-numbingly sweet finish. Some spiciness begins to poke trough the sweet. Not terrible, but definitely not very exciting.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mostly diminishing head. Apple cider color, hazy. Sweet aroma. Flat, no real carbonation. Acidic and tart in flavor.