alexanderj (3264) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; poured an auburn-brown; with nice off white head. Earthy aroma with various spices, caramel and vanilla. Very distinct flavor with lots of vanilla, caramel and spice. One of the most distinct I have had in a while. Good mouthfeel, felt slightly creamy and smooth. Would be nice to have this actually during winter next time.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from JCB, thanks Jason! Pours a clear, deeper and brighter ruby-amber colored body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is sweeter and malty with caramel, a touch of toast, light spices, and subtle fruits with raspberry, cranberry, and cherry. A light vanilla and apple-cinnamon. Flavor is similar. Rich caramel and much more of a distinct vanilla up front before some cinnamon and spice comes in. A touch of toast with a subtle mixture of the berry fruits from the aroma before the spices and a light grassy hop dry this out and give it a light bitterness. A light caramel balances the finish before leaving a fairly lengthy aftertaste of vanilla, spice, and slightly toasty caramel. Medium body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really solid beer. Very well balanced with a lightly toasted caramel, smooth vanilla, cinnamon spice, and subtle fruits. Good one.
Ernesto987 (3232) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 23, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bomber, it’s got the southern tier Creme burlee flavor. Luckily it’s just a significant flavor not utter dominance. Dry finish, thin body. Lame brew
TheEpeeist (3139) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Clear amber brown with a spongy beige head. Nose is quite spicy with cinnamon stick, nutmeg, clove and brown sugar. Creamy medium body with brisk carb. Taste is toasted grains and coconut, caramel and same spices. Tasty and easy drinking with just enough spice.
DiarmaidBHK (3126) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at mellow mushroom Asheville. Smells like a forest. Fantastic! Big notes of wood and pine on the tongue. Clean finish. Very nice.
burg326 (3086) - Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Brass tap, poured a brown color with aromas of vanilla, toffee, nutmeg, and some nuts. Flavors are the same, but some sweet malts coming though, also light caramel flavor in the aftertaste.
Terminus (3084) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber-thanks to Aracauna for sending me this months ago. ruby red hue with a soaphy off-white head. sweet, lightly floral hop note with nice spices-cinnamon and nutmeg come to mind. some berry notes come out as well as earthy hops, caramel and toasted malt. lots of spice on the flavors along with some toasted malt notes. some resembelence of a ginger bread cookie! body verges on flimsy, but does a good job distributing the flavors around. Finish is heavily spicy and tingles the toungue. not a bad and unique beer.
beernovice39 (3076) - Montana, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ever changing needs to stop! This year is pretty darn good! nIce smooth malts with good flavor. Whatever the spice is there is a nice himt of chocolate in here i think. Could drink many of these.
HonkeyBra (3068) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber from Santa. Thanks santa! Aroma of powder sugar and fruity malt. Some bright, albeit faint, malts in the aroma as well. Flavor is nice if not generic ale. But, in a good way. Fruity, some hops, a bit of spice. Graham Cracker malt, with some dough. A bit of apple as it sits. Chalky mouthfeel. Thinnish mouthfeel with lively carbonation. Finish is a bit spicy. Pretty cool beer coming out of North Carolina here. Thanks again Santa.
theisti (3064) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle from my winter 2010 Secret Santa. Pour is mostly clear amber brown with a thick, well formed teo inch ran head. Long lasting head retention, eventually falls with nice lacing. Aroma is dusty caramel malt, round and pretty sweet. Taste is the sweet malt up fruit, though it tastes like sugar coated nuts, along with a vanilla sharpness. Behind this is a spiced yeastiness that closes out the finish, which also reveals some milky creaminess. Not sure how well all of these flavors work together. Palate is medium bodied, coats the mouth a bit, then dries out. It’s interesting, but not entirely my cup of beer. Thanks for all of these beers Santa, they have been fun to try.