daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright red color, foamy tan head. Fresh candyish malt in the nose with a good touch of fruity hops. Big juicy hop presence in the body backed up by a good firm maltiness and a shot of alcohol. Finishes nicely balanced with a touch of hops and a good burst of malt. Very nice strong ale, one of the better winter ales I tried this year.
Bierlieber (49) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
good strong beer. six of these plus a shot or two of bushmills and all is right for a while. good warm alchohol notes if not served too chilled.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nice dark color with a fairly nice creamy head. Too much orange and malt for me.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark orange-copper color, huge foamy off white head, leaves a nice lace in the glass, malty caremel aroma, medium bodied, watery mouthfeel. It does finish dry and crisp, not bad, drinkable.
Racegoer (352) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
who said barleywine,whew maybe I had one to many, but I can still type and this still is not a BW, very malty and a decent winter warmer, spicy, and flavours of caramel,and hops.
Indra (2607) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is mostly malty, with some dark breadiness and toffee, along with a bit of hop spice and a tiny dash of alcohol. Dark red in color with slight head and lacing. Flavor has some depth, with a blend of lightly toasted, caramelized malt, light fruitiness, a profound and lingering spiciness, and earthy, piney, spicy hop flavors. Finishes malty, nutty and lightly bitter and then dries out leaving the very holiday-oriented spiciness. Body and mouthfeel are medium and the palate is not over carbonated. Actually a pretty decent beer, some subtlety.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber and brown pour with a thin head and decent lacing. A good mix of spices and fruitiness. Definitely an easy drink.
Dogbrick (7971) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 Bottle: This is a decent enough seasonal. Pours a dark brown color with a medium thin off-white head that lasted almost the entire glass. Minimal lacing. Aroma of malt, nutmeg (?) and brown sugar. Flavor is rich and strong in alcohol and malt flavors although the ABV really isnít that high. Finish is rather sweet and nutty. Of the seasonals I have tried this year, it is better than average.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a beautiful dark garnet color with a medium sized head, mild spice aroma, good malty taste with some spice midway, and a pleasant bitter hop finish
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice Seasonal. Brown w/ very small tan head. Nose sweet with some fruity spice notes. Nice malty smooth character to this beer. Finish was a little lacking though. Alcohol not very noticable (nicely masked).