Crit (3534) - 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 (5045) - 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.
skortila (4816) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2002
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma is nice, like pancake-syrup, malts. Appearance is bad; it was very hard to get even a very shortlasting head. Colour dark gold-brown. Syrup, very malty, bit roasted, sweet caramelsin taste. But this beeris way off; there’s no balance. Palate is discusting. Well a 2.5 rating for my #250 rated beer, can’t wait for #500!
caesar (5764) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown color, shortlasting head. Syrupy, caramelly perfume. Caramelly malts in the taste, together with liquorice and syrup. Not the best christmas ale i’ve had, actually one of the worst.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another one of these syrupy concoctions of the Brits - I poured this one into a snifter...there’s something gross about pouring a full bottle of headless brown fluid into say, a pilsener or pint ale glass. The color is, like peat bog brown. I rather liked this beer. It packs the expected heavy malt punch. Mine must have been old ’cause hops were definitely in the background, whereas the description says heavily hopped. Low carbonation. The bottle says to check the bottle cap for dates, etc., but my cap said CKN, not terribly helpful. I bought it in summer so I know its not new. Anyway, I like these sweet, strong English ales to be lightly hopped so I was happy. Aromas and flavors of coffee, chocolate, caramel, prunes (call ’em dried plums), and orange peel complement the maltiness. Finishes w. enough hoppiness to clean the palate. Pretty good.
sloth (2624) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2002
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours with a creamy tan head,decent lace.clear dark copper color.perfumy aroma,some licorice in the nose.Sweet up front and on through to the finish,slick and oily on the tongue.Needs some bittering hops in the finish to balance the sweetness.Oh yea! Whats up with the 9oz. bottle?Its only an 8%er.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Though I was drinking this year’s vintage, it struck me as a being a bit still. No worries though, as it was in fine condition--tangy nose giving way to a wonderfully complex flavor. Notes of almonds, caramel, walnuts, and cherries come together beautifully, with just a hint of bitterness to balance out its pleasant sweetness.