JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark molasses color. Taller taupe head. First statement out of the mouth from the first sniff, holy cow!. Big spice, with ginger, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, mace, and hints of anise and menthol. I do catch a hint of chocolate and lightly roasted malts far in the background. A fun and slightly nasal clearing scent. Full fairly average feel. Flavors are not nearly as eventful as the aromas. A somewhat dry start. Some roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors. Light ginger and anise in the background. Clove nip in the finish and a dry spice linger. A porter with a ginger snap side.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep reddish brown color pour with a big creamy head that laced nicely. Aroma of caramel and chocolate, big pie spices, citrus peel and a touch of hops. Flavor is slightly sweet and very spicy. Clove, cinnamon and nutmeg really come through. Smooth and slightly thick on the palate. This tastes like Christmas.
nick76 (4298) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 Bottle labeled Peculiar Yule. The aroma is complex with toasted malt, spice, pine hops, soap, and brown sugar. The appearance is brown with a big head. The flavor is like the aroma but not very impressive. The palate is smooth. Overall its a little disappointing.
Palidor19 (3022) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2008
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
this is the first beer that is truly soapy all around in taste, the taste is probably a result from spices but the flavors just make it taste to soapy, I cant get into this.
marcus (7083) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This dark brown ale poured with a massive tan head that lasted a long time. There is a nutmeg aroma. I had to drink through the head to get to the bitter chocolate and spice, but it was well worth it. This is a very tasty brew.
JohnnyJ (4728) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown/red with tan head. Strong aroma of chocolate and ginger. Flavors of chocolate, clove, ginger, cinnamin, orange peel, and eggnog. I thought this was a good christmas ale, worth trying. Quite flavorful, and holiday spiced.
hopscotch (9892) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2008
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle... sampled at room temperature and then hot... Cloudy copper ale with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki-colored head. Big spicy nose with the same bouquet as holiday cider. Medium to full-bodied and dry with tingly carbonation. Lots of deeply roasted bitterness, but that is all there is to it - bitter and bland. Lengthy, bitter, dry finish. Heating it up does not bring forth any residual sugar. The aroma becomes more caramelized, but the flavor is even blander than it was at room temperature. This stuff literally sucks the flavor of my own saliva out of my mouth. I could not be more disappointed.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2010 500ml bottle. Deep brown pour, medium head. Barely opaque in the glass. Aroma of caramel, raisins, cinnamon, cardemom, evergreen and chocolate malt. Texture was heavier and a little bit syrupy. I am so glad I bought this. The spices put me in the mind of the Fattigman Buckle cookies my dad made for special occasions. Mind you, they were not that good, but they were traditional and they grew on you.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks tony and jeff. Color is dark brown, slightly murky, small white head. Aroma is medicinal, band aid, anise, grapefruit. Flavor is spicy--cinnamon, clove, anise, and there is chocolate and some caramel in malt. A bit strange, bit okay.
argo0 (11856) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle, thanks vtrain. Small off-white head atop hazy mahogany body. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, bandaid, light cherry medicinal. Taste is medium sweet, orange/grapefruit, some cherry, light anise. Light-medium body.