bhensonb (11389) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Belmont Station. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Dark brown color with a lightly lacing beige/tan head. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Somehow the whole flavor thing turns into coffee. Lots of coffee. Maybe a bit of chocolate. Definitely roasted/toasted malt, but the coffee rules. Something like a strongly coffee brown ale? Good.
Ratman197 (10102) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear tarnished copper with a small lingering amber head. Aromnas of carmel, cocoa, light toffee and hints of fruittiness and spiuce. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, bakers cocoa, light toffee and hints of fruittiness and spiuce with a smooth lightly dry lightly bitter cocoa finish.
hopdog (9059) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Poured a deeper and cloudy amberish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of toasted malts, some chocolate, christmas spices, and citrus. Tastes of caramel, spices, chocolate, citrus, and roast.
3fourths (8219) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, purchased in Portland 12/2008. Clear bourbon brown colored body, little to no head. Nose: buttery caramel malt, oily nuts, olive oil, little to no hop aromatics, minimal spice/cinnamon noticed. Orange gets lost. Crystal, munich, vienna and brown malt are pretty much this entire beer - little to no chocolate malt presence. Body is medium to light up front, mildly frothy over the middle, dissipates quickly in the finish - leaves the mouth with a stale/ashy paper flavor (slight oxidation). Some medium hop bitterness and some orange and cinnamon flavors actually show up across the middle - makes it more interesting that a straight crystal/munich/vienna double-brown malt-bomb. Peppery and zesty, light citrus bite works well.
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Deep ruby, large frothy beige head, spotty lacing.   Heavy toasted malt nose, good dose of cocoa and spruce.   Malty
start, toasty, much like a robust brown ale.   Not as spicy as I thought it would be.   Comes across as a light Porter, or a hefty
Brown Ale.   Toasty on the tongue, not bitter, low hop bitterness.   Some cocoa aspects, but the Spruce character is not there.
Does not seem that spiced to me.   Come across as your average brown, maybe a bit heftier.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.
So what is this beer?   Its a fairly smooth, low bitterness Brown Ale.   More spices on the nose than on the tongue.   Not
sure what makes this a Winter Beer... but whatever.   Decent, but a little bit of letdown for a special seasonal.   Where are the
after4ever (6239) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours opaque grainy dark brown, very very close to black. No real highlights. Even in a well-lit room, I suppose I am not honestly sure how I can tell it’s not quite black. Thick, sudsy, moussy tan head that falls quickly to a thick ring of foam. Dense, webby but scattered lace. Roasty, somewhat charred spicy nose. This burned thing is obviously a bit of a risk to face with brewing the S/H/V holiday beers. Medium, slightly chalky body, decent and active carb. Spicy, peppery mid-palate, with pie spices and roast and white pepper notes afoot. Sticky, clinging spice notes on the finish. Definitely one of the better efforts from LB, despite that burned note in the nose.
AmEricanbrew (5905) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper with a tan head. Light roasted malt aroma with some gingerbread spices. Medium body. Light spices and fruit in the flavor riding a nutty roasty malt base brew. Not too bad.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of toast, light roast, chocolate, earth, and a touch of spice. Pours a dark orange amber color with a nice foamy head. The flavors has aspects of caramel, toast, roast, chocolate, some earthy bitterness and some moderate sweetness. The finish is somewhat earthy and dry.
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Received a 22-oz bomber via trade with André, pours a clear dark copper brew with a thick off-white head that slowly dissipates and has a good retention and spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted multi-grain malt, some fruity presence of apples, pears and dark pitted fruits, a touch of roasted nuts and some Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate. Taste is medium bodied, some carbonation with flavors of caramel malt, earthy herbs, a touch of chocolate and some clove. Finish has a mild bitterness along with an aftertaste of caramel malt, roasted nuts and a touch of chocolate. A very complex Holiday beer.
BrewDad (5005) - Olympia, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz Bomber - By the Bottle - Vancouver, WA
Aroma – Nice spiced aroma. This was thick with malts and spices for sure.
Appearance – Amber in color, Light head and clear.
Flavor – A decent Xmas beer. Had lots of flavor with spices. The hops gave a fruit flavor also.
Palate – Nice Mouthfeel, Good texture with a decent finish.
Overall – Very nice Xmas beer this beer was lighter than I felt it could have been. Needed more spice and umph the Alcohol percentage to make this a beer that will cellar well.