sethdude (687) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice deep red, with a great, billowing head on top. Aroma is sweet and malty, with lots of spice. Apples, pears, clove, abd hop "pepperiness" are all present. Flavor is strong and dry, a very woody character finds its way into the mix, ABV balances nicely with flavor, no harshness. Very complex, yet mellow. Seth likes!
bluevegie (3041) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cola coloured body with some tawny tinges. Light tan, large and mainly lasting head that left great lacing. Cinnamon and dull spice on the nose. Smooth taste that grew in richness as the beer warmed, alcohol was well hidden until I tried to drive home, roasted/burnt characters as well caramel and malt. Lively carbonation and a fairly long finish.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruit and hints of soury dark fermented fruit and malty sweet on the nose... Malty sweet and dark fruit in the mouth... this beer poured a cloudy brown w/ gold highlights, no head and no lacing. Creamy and smooth, light bodied.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to eyedrinkale for this ridiculously old 1996 version at the welcome visitors gathering at obriens. The pour was dark brown murky red color with relatively no head and no lacing to speak of. The aroma was completety and utterly funky...barnyard, leather, lemon, tartness and sourness.. complete funkiness! Then what in the holy hell happened when I tasted it...naturally not ONE single thing I found in the aroma was present in the flavor...in fact this could be one of the worst 180’s ive ever seen between the nose and the flavor. This tasted JUST like iced tea...wtf??? Sweet maltiness, some peach and yeast with a ginger shot...but just like iced tea...i swear it was the strangest thing ever! Slightly sour finish..medium bodied.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to whomever brought this to the O’Briens gathering last nite.
Cloudy brown, sweet, a bit on the yeasty side.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2005 1996 bottle....thanx to eyedrinkale..Pours a cloudy rown hue with no head. Aromas of lemon, yeast, and tea. Flavors of lemonade, teas and a hint of yeast.
Jayb0 (976) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very pleasant beer with a smooth, creamy but lively body. Spicy, warm finish.
Emil (6067) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark red-brown color with a big head. Sweet fruity malty aroma and sweet fruity light dry alcoholic taste. medium body and a sweet warming alcoholic finish.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper brown pour with a fluffy off white head. Fruity, malty aroma with a little spice and just a hint of hops. Good balance of sweet fruits, malt, vanilla and understated hops. Fairly clean and warming finish. A really nice winter ale which helped ring in the new year.
skaughty (642) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Elf strikes again. This little elf brought many presents froma nother continent. He brought some raisins and some caramel. The elf should have borught the antacids, as the acidity will tear a hole in my gut. Very warm. Nice spice kick, which is likely the thyme sitting on top of this loaf of bread. A N’Ice New Year’s Eve beer.