Pailhead (5634) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Aroma is rather malty and fruity with some hops barely sneaking thru and a little chocolate. Pours a dark brown with a little red mixed in with a quick diminishing white head. Real sweet and fruity up front. Hops come in to play in the finish but they never overtake the maltiness of the beer. Caramel also comes thru more towards the finish which plays into the hops only slightly making their presence known. Easy drinking.
djmcfar (64) - Ixonia, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber/red -- slightly sweet malty/hoppy complex aroma --- little head --- burnt caromel rich flavor with a slight thickness to it and extra hops (enough for warming) -- very pleasant aftertaste --- an excellent winter brew
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark red. No head whatsoever. Aroma of sweet malt. Flavor is spicy, warming malt/hops and alcohol in the aftertaste. Palate is warmed. A very nice brew.
lowdog (2) - USA - SEP 23, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Yadda yadda yadda - Aftertaste, schmafter taste. Chocolate this, lite hop that. Hint schmint. Lace? Isn't lace something girls have on their bras and panties? Light finish this, diminish that, does anyone understand this beer jargon crap? Simply put, this is a damn good beer, and you can consider yourself not only lucky, but damn kucky, if you ever get to try it, ’cause it’s "seasonal."
mohawksin (187) - Nebraska, USA - AUG 12, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
HInt of sweetness on the nose. Nice blend of hops and malt smells also. Hard to distinguish the dominant smell. Dark amber color with medium head, quickly diminished. Tastes much like the smell, hard to tell if hops or malt is dominating. A pleasant mix. A spicy aftertaste that lingers. This would be a very good holiday drink........... Tastes better at room temperature. The cold masks the true flavors of fruit and spice.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice amber color,small off white head that lasted for a decent amount of time and then faded to a small lace.The aroma was Malty sweet and fruity with maybe a light hint of hops,also deep down i can detect a mild hint of eather chocolate or maybe its caramel hard to say.Nice flavor of malt and caramel with a slightly mild fruit accent but hard to say what that accent might be.The hops come through nicely but not to over the top with just a gentile showing.This brew is not there best work but it is a damn fine brew and very easy to drink,makes me wish i had more i could easily turn this baby into a nice session brew.Thanks go to Footbalm for sending this brew my way,along with many others.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 13, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rich amber in color with a thin off-white head. A thicker beer with some good malt. You can taste the malt even after you finish a drink. Sweet with some spice and very good hop to malt distribution.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazy auburn red with a thin, off-white head. The aroma has a strong hoppy nose. Sweet citrus is meshed with a lightly toasted nut and grain combination. A bit of chocolate and carmel pop in and out as well. The body is a bit thick, but as it’s a winter beer, that makes sense. The flavors are representative of the nose. There is a bit of sweet, chewy malt, but the dominate characteristic is the bitterness from the strong hops. The finish is warming and bitter, with a touch spiciness from the hops. A nice, bitter amber that would probably be better at its freshest.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle: full light tan head that emits a chocolate-hazelnut hop aroma, with a bit of sweet caramel malt. Clear brown tangerine. Sweet malty flavour with a piney hop underbelly. Nothing spectacular in this bottle, but one of the better, more flavourful ambers.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly sweet, malt aroma. Sweet carries throughout with a touch of caramel. Very lightly hopped. A good example of the style.