JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
sampled at RBSG 04
This pours clear dark brown with a spicy aroma. It’s interesting trying to get into a Christmas beer in July. It’s a good winter beer.
TimE (2943) - 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.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from riversideAK, thanks Alex. Rating #71. Dark amber with a pinch of orange thrown in there, the head was slightly off-white and held up pretty well, lacing was minimal and spotty, but what was left stuck around for a bit. Sweet and a little spicy candy like aroma, some caramel, maybe a bit of cinnamon. Flavor was similar, light sweetness and a bit of alcohol, but it was a smooth alcohol and pretty good. (1344)
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a cloudy brown with some orange. Aroma of dark fruit and malt. Flavor is malty and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is full body with low carbonation. Overall, pretty tasty stuff!
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Out of the bottle this brew pours a dark glowing red with the faintest off-white head. Very sweet alcohol accented aroma, brown sugar and some subtle earthy spicing. Taste starts with a hint of chocolate up front followed by some earthy malts in the middle, and finishing with some light spice, a hint of alcohol and some bigger bitterness to ease all that malt.
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.
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.
PhillyBeer2112 (2488) - 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.
MIBRomeo (2484) - 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.
OldGrowth (2418) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Bottleworks. Good nose. Malty.Chocolate, Root beer,caramel, honey, piney. some spice.. Hazy orange brown color. Small head that faded quickly. Bitter sweet flavors. Same as aroma with a little burnt grapefruit.Thin body., creamy mouthfeel. Dry burnt finish. Very tasty. Not xmasy at all. Wish I had bought more than one.