TimE (4112) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark ruby red Scottish ale with an enormous nose of butterscotch and faint hints of sherry. The body is very malty and chewy with a mix of butterscotch and apples. The finish is smooth and slightly warming, intriguing beer from one of the best PNW micros.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light brown color with a very thin (none) head. Roasted malt that tasted of caramel. Alcohol was all over this. Very mild hop taste.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2005 dark clear amber with a thin sheet of froth climbing the sides of the glass...dark caramel and nice hop background...good bitterness but staying balamced and nice...hide’s alcohol well.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malty. A medium bodied Christmas Ale. Malts are nutty, fruity and sweet. Hops are spicy and grapefruity. A nice, spiced X-mas beer, brewed in the English Strong Ale tradition. Nicely balanced. Fairly smooth. No alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Carmelly tangy flavors and dark amber in color. Sweet tasting with some candy flavors. Hops are present but the malt and yeast provides the largest portion of the flavor profile. Very nice.
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark burgandy color, red hues. Very rich looking but thin head. Very strong, good flavor but too hard to get over the strong alcoholic taste.
Crit (3561) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber with lasting beige head. Toasty chocolate malt nose. Roasted , slightly cloyingly sweet flavor
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 20, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2003 Re-Rate 12/7/2002 - Had this beer on tap. This time it had carboation and everything about it was better. Rate 12/5/2002 -Dark amber in color, no head. A thick malty aroma grabs you by the nostrils and screams Christmas! Damit Christmas! Very intersting toffee aroma that can be broken doen into vanilla, caramel, and spice. Sweet flavor with a bitter finish and aftertaste. The low carbonation turns me off a bit. Interesting winter beer. If it had better carbonation I would think everyone should try it.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - DEC 18, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Starts of a sweet cloying note (cough syrup). Dark garnet color with not so much of a head but dots of white whisping across the top. Strange deep dark cellar full of chrismas stuff with swarthy ner’dowells swiggin rum out of carmel covered takards in the corners. Out side the malt rain turns to slush on spruce street.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2003 The perfect winter beer. I have been looking hard for a winter beer that actually contains some winter-time qualities, not some overly hopped seasonal brewed for those long winters in Southern California. I'm from the Northwest dammit, I need something to warm my ass. This is initially bitter with a nice flavorful hop presence, but this is soon overshadowed by a wonderful swell of rum and caramel that is reminiscent of egg-nog. My compliments go out to the little brewery over there in LaConner.