Damico (2799) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours darker roasted chestnut with a beige head. Aroma brings winter spice and some sweet malts. Flavor is more sweet malts with a very subtle tang at the end.
bhensonb (12140) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours brown, but arguably ruddy, with a creamy/fizzy tan head. Aroma is mildly woody, somewhat fruity, and a little leathery. Hint of chocolate? Arguably full bodied. It’s a little sweet, seems to have chocolate, arguably berry fruit. Tobacco or leather sort of thing. Mild woody astringency. !10% WTF! This stuff drinks like - well way, way too easy. Complex ale with lots of flavor suggestives. Finishing sort of woody/fruity bitter with some hints of sweet things. Amazing ale.
Bule (1118) - California, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a dark reddy brown color without much head. Strong raspberry aroma. Raspberry flavors dominate. Nice balance against a mild sweetness.
GT2 (9259) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Beachwood long beach thanks to ChinoSkillzian! Clear deep ruby pour with bubbles, no head formation. Nose is pretty rich caramel, toffee, dark cherry, sweet cherry juice box, vanilla bourbon barrel. Taste is very thin though with lemon juice and near stomach acid harshness. Tannic, long woody finish. Over oaked and over attenuated.
baraciisch (2244) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark reddish brown in color... Aroma of raisins, dark fruits, berries, nutty malts, oak....flavor is the same, very nutty and lots of berries up front... Oak, roasty finish... Solid
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Strykzone (5386) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A smaller tulip at Cugino’s. This beer arrived deep dark brown. No head. Complex fruit in the aroma. Complex as in all over the place. Raisins, cherry, etc. The flavor had fruit that was just as complex. Wood flavors but not vanilla. Chocolate. This was, at times, like drinking a fruit cake. Quite flavorful but it also managed to be subtle.
swanmann (658) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nutty brown out of the bottle, with about an inch of creamy tan head. Aromas of booze, resin, plum, cherry, brown sugar... The taste is lightly tart, cherries, toffee, toasty breadcrust... a touch of boozy numbing warmth. I think the carbonation is bright, not harsh, medium/ bold body. The finish fruity and toasty, lingering just a bit. The booze is well hidden and the flavors are very balanced. I can easily imagine this brew saving my Christmas, at least as far as the get-togethers.
joeneugs (3979) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Caps & Taps. It pours a cloudy dark amber brown with a khaki head. The aroma is lightly tart plum, dark fruit and spices. The flavor is Belgian, toasty and spicy with dark fruit, raisins, plum and spicy yeast. Lightly acidic and roasted in the finish. I didn’t get much wood.
TomDecapolis (4609) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very deep chestnut with a smaller bubbly off white head. Aroma of oak, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits and caramel. Flavor of tart cherries, dark fruits, vanilla and caramel. Nice oak character as well.
batneil (438) - - DEC 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty strong tasting, good thing it comes in a small glass. Plenty of powerful festive flavors mixed together, overall pleasing.