heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Piney and fruity hops wast toward me. Sweet and spicy aroma. Deep rich and warming. Great smooth dark malt flavor, not a touch of astringency. Very well-balanced, good hop flavor without being overpowering. Could use just a touch more carbonation. I'm not sensitive to low carbonation, and even I think it needs more. Reccomended.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep amber/brown hue witha minimal slight off-white head. Aromas of aged hops, honey, flowers, caramel and a little oatmeal. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very little carbonation. Flavors of chocolate, (yes, chocolate!), caramel and dust. mmmmm....
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
citrus hop and slight chocolate aroma, cloudy ruby hue, sticky and hoppy with hints of spruce
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer was sampled at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival. The great Tannenbaum poured a mean reddish maroon color with a slightly pearlishy white head that was fairly lean and faded quickly. The aroma was all about the hints of cherry and vanilla spices but there was definitely a hint of woody and pineyness in there. The taste is definitely hoppy...very dry in the finish with a fruitiness in mid sip. Definite acidity here..but really it seemed like your typical american strong ale. Very citrusy/fruity right up front followed by a total dry hopped finish. There's a slightly sweet finish as you hit the bottom, where you can finally taste those malts..but man what a struggle it was.... overall it was nothing special..but fun to taste at the moment.
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.
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
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.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2005 Rerate, with my previous 3.9 description below. I’m only noting the changes.
Man, this has really gone downhill.
Pours the same brown but no head or lacing. The flavor is less complex and more syrupy. Palate isn’t as crisp and is a bit cloying. Overall, this has taken a dive, IMO. What was once a great Winter offering is now just average.
Pours a cloudy brown with a nice head and some lacing, despite a vigorus pour.
Aroma is strong of molasses and caramel with some nice floral hops.
Flavor took me a while to figure out; there’s some pine flavoring. Well balanced dark malts with some strong hops make up most of the flavor, but the pine and other spices make it complex.
Palate is very full and crisp for the style. Overall, it’s good and worth seeking out.
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.
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.