TheEpeeist (3049) - 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.
Terminus (3041) - 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 (3038) - 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.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by beastiefan2k: Brownish copper pour with off white head. Aroma has some toasted brown sugar and a mild hop presence. Flavor has a mild toasted hint and a graham cracker malt character. Mediocre overall.
Ernesto987 (3021) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 23, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bomber, itís got the southern tier Creme burlee flavor. Luckily itís just a significant flavor not utter dominance. Dry finish, thin body. Lame brew
theisti (3001) - 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. Itís interesting, but not entirely my cup of beer. Thanks for all of these beers Santa, they have been fun to try.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to kp for sharing at the pizza port strong ale fest 2007
Rich and flavorful, this is a tasty brew.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark clear ruby color with a thin white head. Sweet berry and spicy aroma. Tastes of more berries and cocoa powder big and malty.
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
06-Sep-06 (1 liter flip-top bottle: Obtained 25-Mar-06 in trade with Jonathan3584, thanks Jonathan!) Ruddy brown in appearance and semi-translucent, the beer is capped by a half-inch, light-tan head that settles to a wide ring. Sweet spices, dark malts and brown sugar in the nose. First impression: wow, thatís spicy! Lots and lots of cinnamon bombards the palate, but once over that initial shock, the dark, lightly roasty malts able to stand on their own. However, the finish reverts back to cinnamon, plus brown sugar, candy caramel and hot cocoa mix. Not much in the hop department, and any bitterness is probably from the light roast, but this is clearly a spice and malt-dominated beer. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, despite the heavy dose of spices, the beer is still enjoyable, though a slight reduction in the amount of spices might serve this beer better. One final note: in a group tasting at OíBrienís (who can drink an entire liter of beer like this?!), some really liked the beer, others thought it was overtly spicy, but it certainly generated a lot of good discussion, pro and con, and thatís the sign of a successful beer.
SpringsLicker (2937) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a sparkling clear dark garnet with a small fleeting head.
Fruity aroma gives off grape and honeydew melon.
The flavor starts with a grape candy sweetness, a slight bitterness comes in as it fades to a dry finish. I didnít get and of the vanilla that others have noted, Iíll look for it when I try another one of these.