padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle purchased at the Olive Tree Market in OB. Very nice aroma of spice, some clove, vanilla.
tennisjoel (1255) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong scents of anise, candy sugar, spice and a small hop note. Flavor is again high on spices. Tone the spices down a bit and I’d like this more. As it is, a decent sipper, but better can be found.
Cybercat (4273) - Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Comes out of the tap a dark opaque reddish coppery-amber with a fine-bubbled light tan head. Aroma is malty and a little fruity, the latter mainly apple. Flavor is fruity and malty, and just a little bit honey-sweet. Texture is smooth and slightly tingly.
jimhilt (2490) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a two finger, cream head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is light holiday spice. Flavor is spicy malts, hints of orange peel. Nice winter ale. Pricey at $15.00 for a caged and corked 750ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, ME.
Tmoney99 (12407) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured reddish brown color with an average frothy light brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate complex tart fruit, spice and yeast aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy fruit & spice sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate duration with a small alcohol bite. This is a good beer that exceeded my expectations.
alexsdad06 (7430) - Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours hazy reddish amber with a large creamy beige head. Aroma is a blend of spices, citrus peel, sweet malts,and a good dose of alcohol. The flavor is not overly spicy, but probably due to the alcohol offsetting some of it. My overall impression is this is pretty good, but needs to smooth out some.
williamstome (1495) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark cloudy ruddy brown head with off-white pour. Aroma has lots of spice, with some pine hops. Flavor is sweet malts with more spiciness. Chewy. A real treat.
Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy, dark amber pour with a yellow-tan head leaving minimal lace. The medium body starts sweet with ripe bananas, raisins, candy and butterscotch, but quickly develops a hint of sourness and a spicy hop character. Orange peel, cloves and cardamom are evident at varying times as the ale warms, although the candy sweetness also continues to increase with warming and a slight whiskey character appears. There is a brandy warmth which starts early and lasts long after the last sip.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample on tap at the Brew Kettle. Pours hazy dark amber color with thin head. Aroma is belgian yeast, candi sugar, and bubble gum. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is dominated by the bubble gum and belgian yeast. Finishes dry.
adnielsen (10199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2010 Tasted on tap at Falling Rock in Denver, Colorado. Very dark brown/red appearance. Sweet belgian aroma that’s pretty dominated by candy sugar. Sweet dark dark belgian body. Definitely some spices in there like corriander and orange peel. Good beer.