nick76 (4213) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is wonderful and complex. It has raisins, brown sugar, grape fruit rollup, molasses, spices, plums, and orange, the appearance is a cloudy dark brown purple and the head is large. The flavor is as complex as the aroma and similar to it. Its sweet, has dark fruit, spices, malt, and it’s got a strong alcohol kick. The palate is smooth and the finish is sweet, fruity, and warming. I was really impressed with this beer. There is nothing to criticize.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 28, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled. pours a clear mahogany color with a light tan head that fades quickly. What an aroma!! Some dark fruits, a little cinnamon candy, sour, maybe some cherries. Wow! Sweet and thick mouth feel. Prunes, more cinnamon candy, cherries, yeast, toffee and a bit of malt. Sweet aftertaste. Alcohol is almost entirely hidden it only barley jumps in at the finish. This beer is simply fantastic.
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2006 Re-rate 02/13/06: (My mind is failing as I took some detailed notes on this last night... forgetting that I rated it at Christmas-time.) Poured a deep, honey/mahogany in color (gorgeously "wooden") with a fizz-away head and fine, particulate suspended without the aid of effervescence (although the end of the bottle will not even let light penetrate). Caramel shows in the aroma with alcohol, cherry and banana. Rich, heady malts that let you know that it will do you in. Flavor is strong & fruity with gritty, caramel malts and a palate that lifts the flavor into fluffiness to dissipate quickly in a finish that leaves only a sour shadow. A step above a "Belgian Brown", this was enjoyable but not top-of-the-line. Rating adjustment +2
Poured a honey-hazed mahogany with a giant, slow-subsiding, large-bubbled head. Aroma is sourly vinous with cherry, concord grape, light funk, acetone and musty, stale caramel. Flavour started terribly sour and earthy but Blegian sugar sweetens it up later. Harshly warm and overall vinous with malts. Good, but the best thing about this beer was getting a positive reaction on it from my sister, who is a wine drinker.
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jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a huge fizzy tan head that shrinks quickly, but stays put as a thin rind until the end. Very appealing deep red color, with a slight haze. Strong sour apples right away with some cinnamon and citrus. Unexpectedly bitter, and dry for a Holiday beer. Some stray maltiness late. Complex and enjoyable.
Lubiere (9939) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red copper ale with no head. Sweet spicey malt aroma with corinader and orange peels. In mouth, smooth coriander and cloves comme out, with alcohol warmth. Rich and smooth. Enjoyed at YEHa!05 Christmas Party on Dec. 17th, 2005.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2006 Robe auburn très claire surmontée d’une mousse beige qui s’estompe. Arômes d’alcool, de chocolat et de malt caramélisé. Saveurs de levure, de malt, de chocolat, de miel et de caramel
Wolfenstein (96) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a dark orange color with a quickly dissipating head. The aroma is pretty good, with dark fruit, caramel and a touch of spice. The flavors lived up to the nose, and the alcohol is hidden well. It’s certainly worth trying!
YogiBeera (2473) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medim red orange color. Medium lfuffy head on top that leaves some nice legs on the glass. As it warms up it releases a celery, yeast and malt nose. Some almond in the taste otherwise dark berries. Rolls over and over again from sweet to acidic.
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue, BBE Sep 06). Malt, dark fruit and spicy yeast. Sweet with light sour acidity hinting at berries. In comparison to the Reinaert Grand Cru I had before this, this seemed somehow flawed but had such a cheeky lively demeanour that I couldnt help liking it more.
pivo (2564) - GERMANY - DEC 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Doughy cookie-like nose with a light spice tinge and an alcohol component already. Murky ruddy brown color with a frothy head. Raisin tones, toffee, yeast underlies all. Gritty spice end in the ides of the mouth that turns sweet again. Get a little more acidic as the glass warms. Chewy body, heavy overall. Quite good.