Ernest (5882) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2007 2006 bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark orange-brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of clove, raisin, orange peel, toffee, brown sugar, alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. One of my fave winter/xmas brews. Rich and delightful.
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very frothy brew with slight fruit nose. I was apprehensive about the thyme, but was very pleased with the unique blending of subtle flavors. The alcohol bite was pleasant in the finish. I have since bought several more bottles and think it is a very fine beer to enjoy on a chilly evening.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 16, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2003 ITS alive...the thick, creamy, frothy, bubbley, vibrating and climbing head arose from the shy cloudy red..subtle cherry tartness climbed through the nose as well as some farmhouse mustiness and mildew and many a dust cloud..a wet basement awaits you..fermented overripe cherries and squishy grapes with the sugar sucked away..and dusted with chalk..dark fruits, mustiness, dustiness, oldness, almost elderly in its complexity..almost like inhaling spraypaint and chewing a cherry now-n-later
leaparsons (7493) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark with a great white foam. N’Ice has a malty/spicey aroma with alcohol vapours present. Flavours are both chocolate and vineous with Xmas spices. A great Xmas beer.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - DEC 15, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicy, peppery nose; deep ruby color. Quick sweetness up front turns to a spicy, cinnamony middle with a sharp, peppery finish that is dry and chalky. Not as complex as I expected, but great balance. Medium body - not as fat as I thought either. The alcohol was unnoticeable in the flavor profile.
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2003 This beer has a brown body - hue and a fine white scum collar with sweet initial flavor and a heavy body.
I have drunk the beer from a bootle so it had a medium carbonic acid.
Best christmas beer i have tasted.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - DEC 14, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oranges, spices, berries and cinnamon nose. Nice dark amber with a little head. Peppery and fruity. Also hints of marcipan. As the announced thyme as an ingredience and I had fresh thyme right next to me I tried it and ...yes, thyme as the finish taste. I would also say rosemary. Very warm finish. Numbs tongue.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Another great one from this brewer.1999ed Wow this is really going down smooth nice balance fruity , malty and hoppy. For the high 10%abv you can’t even tell. Recommended
Ungstrup (27643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark brown beer with a fine light brown head. It has a very powerful sweet fruity aroma. The flavor is also powerful, a little sour, but with a nice sweet malt taste. A really good beer - that I definatly want to try again. The one I had tonight I had bought at the brewery and imported myself.
delacerveza (157) - Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2002
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 (i know i should’ve stashed it away for next year but just couldn’t) rich chocolate brownie color, spicy-strong alcohol nose. thick creamy ivory head which does the lacey cling thang. pretty vinous and strong for my taste, but it was certainly tasty in a peppered plum sort of way. the label said brewed with thyme and curacao peel which sounded pretty darn cool.