Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle at redlight redlight. Amazing nose: hints of hazelnut coffee and roasted nuts. The flavor doesn’t quite live up to the aroma, but it’s not bad. For a beer with such an exciting nose, the taste is not more interesting than any fairly nutty brown ale. Still, it would be a good beer to drink in front of the fireplace next to the ol’ Tannenbaum all decorated with lights (a shiny star upon the highest bow) while opening all the brightly colored packages tied up with string that Santy Claus brought you even if Christmas is still three months away.
nramsburg (256) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours to a deep nearly black color. Medium sized tan head. Smells of candied cherries and chocolate.
Tastes quite malty, the dark candied fruit flavor comes through. Medium sized body, roughly the viscosity of richly brewed coffee. Definitely has notes of coffee as well.
Smooth finish, lingering sweetness. Solid beer.
gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy reddish brown with a thin tan head. Sweet aroma of caramel, brown sugar, and raisins. Flavor starts off fruity sweet, with lots of rasins and dark fruit. The roasted malt and some spice comes through next, followed by hops and some oak for a slightly bitter finish. Overall, a pretty good brew. The flavor opens up as it warms and the complexity really comes out.
solsticebrew (61) - USA - MAY 18, 2010
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle, Honolulu. The first impression right on the front is a nice fumy caramel coated beer and then it turns bad. The carbonation attacks your tongue and several bad tastes show up. I poured it down the sink. Sorry, maybe I have a bad batch, but this stuff is horrible and considering I paid almost $8 for the bottle it is a total let down