MaBeer1972 (1439) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was expecting something spiced, but was pleasantly surprised to find it wasn't. Deep brown color, nice loose tan head. (Frothy). Flavor is intense and woody. Somewhat sweet on the tail end, but not sickening.
JMerritt (1890) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber colored. Head is initially very large, but doesn't last very long (except for a thin layer). Aroma is dominated by alcohol with notes of ripened fruit and malt. Mildly sweet malty flavor is delicate and a tad caramelized. Finish is astrigent, medicinal and a touch sour. A nice beer for a Christmas Eve night.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was very impressed with this one. Deep orange color with a lasting tan head. Cinimon and spice aroma that is not overwhelming and at perfect levels for a beer. Full bodied beer with gentle spice notes throughout the carmel malt flavor. Nice balance and very drinkable. Worth a second bottle.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yeasty and cakey in the flavor. Chewy, and altogether quite well-balanced and enjoyable. Not too sweet at all, which is refreshing. A nice mild dryness to it. Strong yeasty aroma with the essence of Xmas candy.
notalush (5360) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a very attractive beer - deep, clear amber color, with a huge, frothy, off-white head - yeasty, spicy, fruity aroma - flavor is tart up front, quickly making way for some mildly sweet fruit, some spices and lots of cookie-like, bready qualities - a subdued hop presence comes in the finish to compliment the spicy qualities - this beer does, however, fall short in some respects - the mouthfeel is a tad watery, and the flavor, while good, tends to be a bit thin at times, esp. in the finish - still, quite a nice Christmas beer.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not a bad Biere de Garde. Spicy, Toffee, and lots of malty flavors. Creamy, clean, and crisp finish.
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Toffee-amber colour. Cinnamon and toffee aroma, with more of the same in the mouth, mild malty sweetness with complex cinnamon, nutmeg spice after taste.