kramer (4856) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, via acertain. Pours a dark reddish copper with a small light brown foamy head. Generous amounts of sediment in bottle. Very sweet smelling aroma, lots of caramel and various herbs over a thickly malty base. Flavor is very malty with big herbal and spicy character. Finish is slightly sweet with some hints of spruce tip flavor. Medium bodied with minimal carbonation yielding a very soft and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, pretty decent, I have a certain fondness for herbal/spicy Christmastime beers like this.
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Chuck for the sample. Has a rather pleasant malty and citrusy aroma. Nice darker amber color with a foamy tan head. Nice malty flavor. Has a good body. Overall, this is pretty good.
jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Chuck. The pour is medium amber with a creamy head. Aroma is sour fruit primarily. Flavor is molasses and hopps. Eh, not a favorite. Fairly mediocre.
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Chuck. The beer pours to a transparent brown body with a thin beige head. The aroma is rum cake, figs and other dark fruits, spruce. The flavor is a spruce tree sap, molasses, limes. The palate is resiny, medium bodied, spicy.
MIBRomeo (2537) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
mahogony color w/ a huge full tan small bubbled head. Smells of plums, butter, some hot spices (i think from the hop) and a bit of toffee. Even palate nicely coated lightly creamy. Flavor has some light notes of buttered rum and molasses, quite sweet, but does finish w/ a touch of dry sprucy/piney finish. Quite good.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is heavy of butter, notes of rum, milk, and a light citrus. Palate is completely devoid of heat. Flavour freatures the strong butter nopes with a hoppiness reminicent of spruce.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: moss, brown sugar, dark dried fruits, figs, carmel, vanilla, and plums
Appearance: murky brown, small white head, lacing
Flavor: cinnamon, nutmeg, alcohol, dark fruits, plums, dried figs
Palate: smooth, slightly bubbly, brown sugar and carmel aftertaste
PhillyBeer2112 (2514) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong raisin-molasses nose, figs and other dark fruits. Some alcoholic wafts, too. Flavor comes across milder, yeasty (I got alot of sediment), and a nice medium hoppy finish, perhaps a touch of grapefruit.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 12, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Brouwer’s cafe: Very cloudy deep amber/red color with small creamy light tan head. Aroma is interesting, a bit of diacetyl mingled with roasted caramel, honey, cherry syrup, a rye-like spiceyness, a bit of vanilla, and a certain roundness that I can’t quite seem to identify. Flavor is soft, round vinous, lots of caramel, honey malt, hints of cherry, vanilla, dates, red grapes, and a subtle oakyness. Finish is smooth, rather sweet, with a dry spiceyness that is either from the choice of hops or from rye. A rather unique brew
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle via trade with acertain - Thanks Andrew! - Pours brown with a large creamy head. Aroma is very malty, caramel, yeast, and a touch of molasses. Flavor is very rich, caramel, chocolate, coffee, molasses and some toffee, and vanilla. Full body with a very creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is covered completely and this is a very smooth drinker. Quite tasty and enjoyable.