maxwelldeux (4270) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Pours a clear amber color with a smallish tan head. I get almost no nose off this. Taste is malty and interesting, with a bit of caramel in there. Pleasant bite to this beer.
SHIG (4210) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Guyute_Pig: Poured a copper brown with a orange red hue, head is frothy lacing off white. Aroma is strong spice and caramel malt. Taste is caramel malt, leafy/tree bark, and some spice.
FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Winter 2003-2004 Release, Sampled August 2004.
Pours a deep amber-ruby color with an amber-tan head. Thick aromas of syrupy malt waft from my glass, I also get notes of caramelized oranges and cherries (which are strong enough that there might actually be some cherry additions to this beer). The taste is dry up front, but then moves to a weird, fruity note; cough syrup perhaps. This also has some interesting subdued dark malt character to it, a slightly acidic finish, as well as some candied cherry notes. The cherry is not nearly as strong in the taste as in the aroma. Up front this beer could just about pass for a malty Scottish ale. It is fairly light and interesting enough as a quaffing brew (good thing that I have a 1 liter bottle of this to enjoy).
AdamChandler (4049) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 Vintage. Bomber. Thanks Secret Santa.
A - Poured a 3 finger fluffy white head that faded slowly leaving great lacing. sort of an amber ale looking beer.
S - I smells sugar and spices. Lots of nutmeg and a hint of maltiness
T - Taste is very sweet. Lots of brown sugar and nice essence of cloves and wintery Christmas spices. Finish is malty and bland.
M - light body and medium carb
O - This is a very drinkable beer. Itís a bit too sweet but solidly drinkable.
snoworsummer (4035) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle shared by Dan. Pours ruby brown with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like sweet dried fruit, sweet malt, toast, bready. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like dried fruits, roasted malt, and sweet chocolate.
TURDFERGUSON (4028) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Tylerís in the Boro. flat coke appearance with sweet fruitcake and roasted malt nose. Flavor is mocha milkshake, nutmeg, and weird christmas cookies. I am not a huge fan. Creamy and smooth palate, but just not my thing.
IrishBoy (4023) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Ross; nose of sweet caramel and vanilla; rusty red with a small straw head; sweet and spicy with some caramel malt, fruitiness, and a tiny bit of hops. A decent Christmas ale!
SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 31, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2009 fruity aroma of plums, and ginger bread. clear burgundy with a small tan head. spicy flavor of ginger bread, raisin bread and cinnamon. light-medium bodied. flavors and aroma are a little bit subtle...but nice.----re-rate 2009---flavor has more vanilla than anything this year.
Butters (4006) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on draft at city beverage in winston-salemn. Nice translucent auburn pour with good tan head. Lightly malty aroma with a little hop spiciness. Surprisingly hoppy but well balanced by the malty tones and hints of anise. Medium chewy body with moderate carbonation and some carbonic bite. Decent winter brew.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2012 Nice to see this in bombers this year, after several previous seasons of swingtop madness! The aroma is even richer than I recall, a sweet blend of vanilla, clove, cinnamon, and sugar. Lots of sweet malt flavors coming through the nose. Itís very nice to the taste too, with a rich body, some hops for balance, and a lovely lingering aftertaste.