daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bubbly, cloudy light brown appearance. Alcohol, a little fruit and some yeast in the nose. Alcohol, light chocolate, bitter hop finish and a touch of cloves at the end, and that is all the spice that I encountered from a vast collection accounted for on the bottle. Not a bad brew.
Radek Kliber (6401) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 8, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cloudy with orange scent, white head, average size bubbles. Sharp, spicy, alcoholic, bitter. Cloves on the end.
Oakes (12398) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 8, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dull light brown; aroma is slightly spicy, yeasty; slight cinnamon, earthy malt, and dry yeastiness.
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Look, this could rate very highly except for the fact that it is so monstrously foamy that you can’t get any beer to your lips for a good 15 minutes. by way of compensation, the foam tastes pretty good - intensely spicy and hoppy. once you get to the beer itself, it’s a really nicely warming, very spicy (cloves, coriander, ginger, like the label says) ale that reminds me of a good rum’n’raisin icecream. very dry, with not much malt flavour, and a long, complex finish that includes marzipan among other weirdnesses.
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice malts and hop balance with a fruity,raisins and honey body.
heykevin (1275) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUN 24, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite pale, aroma of first cinnamon and then nutmeg. Decent maltiness with good background hops and spicing that is not overdone. Solid.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The prior reviews indicate RCH has some quality-control problems with this beer. I didn’t find it overly foamy and it certainly wasn’t gueuze-like. This beer was quite bitter in body and finish. I taste considerable spices and a bit of metallic bitterness. A good brew which won a CAMRA gold medal.
Bov (9452) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 3, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
red-orange colour, big creamy head with a beautiful lace, raisins and honey aroma, alcohol notes, smooth, bitter with a long dry apple finish - very complex and simply beautiful !
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A chistmas ale. Spices of ginger and cloves. Almost a rum cake flavor. Definately one to sit and relax with.
rauchbier (3598) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle conditioned. Excellent thick rocky longlasting head. Aromas of mulling spices but not overpowering. Body seems a little thin and dry with hints of cinnamon and cloves and a dry short finish.