Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge head, I had to wait a little while after pouring before I could drink it. A bit sour, and spicy. Highly carbonated. Not bad but not a repeat buy either.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A swamp dark brown color with a big foamy tan head. The aroma has orange, spice, gingerbread, and is quite nice. A somewhat sour flavor with citrus fruit and holiday spice.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2004 The murkiest mahogany body with a freaking ridiculous mountain of head and lacing. Flavor and aroma is full of Carrot juice, plums, lots of apple and clove, nutmeg, insanely spicy and malty. A pretty good beer, but it really needs to spend some time in the cellar.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had to pour this one very slowly - huge merangue of a head that kept creeping up my glass. Underneath it was a slightly hazy, but mostly clear, deep brown body. Lots of spices in this - nutmeg, ginger, etc. The spices and overcarbonation gave this a thin feel. I was hoping for more malt. Alcohol was very well hidden. I enjoyed it, but not as much as I had hoped.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazy, bright, dark amber. Nice off white head and lace with alot of carbonation. Loaded with aromas of orange, nutmeg, flowers, corriander and more. Medium to full bodied, very expansive in mouth due to carbonation. Strong flavors of orange peel, nutmeg, slight vanilla and a bit of bitterness at the end. Its ok, carbonation is a little too much and the orange peel was a little excessive for my tastes for it really sticks with you and takes over the rounded out finish. Fun, warming brew but the drinkabilty is lacking for me. I should have had the Westy second:)
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very cloudy orange/brown color with an extra large off-white head...plenty of sediment gathered at the bottom of my glass. The aroma and flavor were strange, but very good...orange, coriander, green beans, eucalytpus, and sweet cherries. I didn't find the feel too carbonated...the head was too large, but after that the feel seemed nice and spritzy...rather thick, with a semi-dry finish.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JAN 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy orangish brown color with an off-white head. Sour soy sauce, sweet orange and corriander aroma. Prominent flavor is sweet orange, with a little soy sauce, corriander, lemon, and hops bitterness. Interesting flavor combination. Very tingly on the tongue.
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rusty ruby look, cloudy. Nice foamy head. Orange peel was very prominent here, sweet. Fits nicely in Holliday Celebration Spirit. . Some flavoured coffee, unique.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy amber color, massive head, had to keep repouring there was so much head. Spicy aroma, orange, coriander and nutmeg. Flavor was malty with much spice, definitely on the sweeter end. Large body, but overcarbonated. Was still a fun New Year's beer.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
1/1/04. Poured out of 11.2 oz. bottle, bought at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA 12/12/03. Pours a very cloudy dark amber, looking like orange and caramel syrup. Very large head on a gentle pour. Fluffy, dense, and off-white creamy color. Lacing is disappointingly not very good. Aroma is wonderful, like orange candies with an unusual medley of spices-- the coriander and nutmeg seem most pronounced to me. It's sweet and a little bit peppery, but not overwhelming in either front. Very enticing. Bottle has a great deal of sediment that, when poured into the glass, makes an already-cloudy beer even chunkier. Taste has some surprising sourness, still the sweet of orange, and bold bitterness of hops. It reminds me of the tartness, pungency, and freshness of the pith of an orange. Finish turns darker and toward the malts and spices, moderate in length and with nice complexity and depth, but a somewhat odd combo of flavors (a little too much darkness for me). Interesting stuff, and actually pretty good, but kind of hard to handle. Body is full and almost syrupy in the mouth, but the heavy carbonation almost takes over. Something new and unusual, but I didn't love it. Wonder how it'll age. . . Robust flavors and a strong bite (and high ABV) suggest that it'll hold up quite well, and it'd be great to try once some of the pungency and huge carbonation have toned down a bit.