tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bread-like dough, bitter orange and spices in the sugary aroma with some pine-like hops also notable. Opaque brown-copper with decent off-white/tan head that recedes to partial cover. Spicy and very sweet flavour with some acidity in the finish that takes the edge off. Lasting bitter-orange aftertaste. Complex and intriguing, subtle, lasting flavours. Very soft in the mouth but carbonation is engaging. Alcohol not at all apparent except for a slight warming. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, Lubiere, MartinT, Rastacouere and SimonB.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky brown color with yeast sediment in suspension, thin head. Very pleasant, complex and subtle aroma of thyme, curaçao, bread and sugar. Very good flavor of caramel, malt, curaçao, it seems to be fruity too, slightly acid and sweet finish. Full body, full enough to hide it’s alcohol content of 10%, slightly liquorous texture, soft carbonation. Very good, well-balanced, n’icely done !
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured deep amber with hints of red.Has a big thick fluffy tan head. Aroma is of malt, sweetness. Candi sugar. Flavor is lightly sweet and malty with a tad bit of fruitiness. Mild alcohol finish for a 10% beer.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 bottling....cellar temp, horrible gusher, very messy, leads to a chunky pour...thick froth on top of the dark wood colored beer. Smells peppery & citrusy, full bodied, but not heavy, surprisingly NOT fizzy...sweet malt finish, with dangling spice from spices and hops...Good malt character throughout...Spices dominate the middle. THis beer seems to be all about the spices, and they’re alright...not too overdone(this anin’t no Anchor OSA!), but still dominant even after 2 years, they do seem to blend together well though...Enjoyable, cozy, but not mind blowing.
zathrus13 (1735) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown color, with a rather large, tan head. Aroma is fruity, with banana, spice and malt. Flavor starts out sweet, with dark fruit and spice coming thru the most. There is hops there as well. Aging may help this one.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003. 750 ml bottle. Reddish brown, and clear, tan. Nice lasting head. Musty fruit aroma, and hoppy. Sharp and hoppy flavor. Thin and thick. Malty. Enjoyable.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 750 ml Bottle. A leftover from last year. I think that it may be worth cellaring this another year. Reddish brown, clear, tan lasting "Nice" head. Aroma of sharp cheese, musty fruit, and hops. Flavor is sharp and hoppy. Thin and thick at the same time. Malty, yet the alcohol thins tha palate. Suprised by the extreme hops in this one, especially after a year.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Blind Tiger. Almost red in color with hardly a head (6 oz serving). Aroma is fruity, malty and sweet. Taste is some dried fruits, cinamon & pepper and malt. Not too sweet, balanced and medium bodied. Interesting and complex.
DocLock (8497) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first "Christmas" beer of the season, and a damn fine one at that. Pours great turbid dark brown with a medium, off-white head. Aroma of malt, barnyard, similar to Westy 12. Tastes malty, with great complexity and balance, and a slightly dry finish. I detected spices, florals, citrus, and dark fruits in the taste. A world class beer.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - NOV 7, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured brown with a decent head. Good aroma consisting of fruit, malt, caramel and vanilla. Flavor had all those components plus a little spiciness. Very good, especially for the winter months.