exadore (92) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 17, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Poured a dirty straw color, with a two finger, creamy white head. Very nutty aroma. Body is light and finishes thin, almost smooth, but not quite. Probably the best of the gimmicky Ridgecrest holiday beers, it gets my vote, anyway.
hockeybeerguy (1704) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a dark hazy brown color with a one finger off white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Nice foamy speckled lacing lingers at a nice pace down the sides of the glass.
The aroma smelled like Christmas as there was a nice multitude of ginger, allspice, cinnamon, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, light marshmallow, vanilla, light pumpkin all combined wonderfully in a very inviting sort of way.
The taste followed the nose with the chocolates really coming out on top.
On the palate, this one sat right about a medium in body. Sessionable? Not really, as I found myself sipping this more. The carbonation was extremely smooth but not watery.
Overall, wow, I’ve always loved this brown ale as an early winter beer (Christmas), I look forward to the holidays whenever I think of this beer.
TheJestersBeer (2036) - SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep amber, with a white head.
Malty, lightly roasted aroma, hops, chocolate, apricot, citrus.
Off-dry, medium body and bitterness, balanced CO2.
Malty, quite hoppy taste, caramel, light chocolate notes, orange peel.
Quite enjoyable, but comes across as slightly watery for that ABV. (2014-01-24)
abemorsten (2622) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - MAY 18, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle kindly preserved by the RBHD tasting party on Fridtjoffen. Clear copper colored body. Dried fruits and caramel on the nose. Sweet, light salty liquorice and a weak, stale bitterness that lasts and reveal faint stale nuts. Medium to full bodied.
Holmen2 (702) - NORWAY - MAY 9, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear amber. Caramel sweetness with some fruitiness in taste. Similar taste. OK balance. Slightly metallic.
Holmen1 (2315) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAY 9, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Fra flaske på RBHD-treff ombord på Fridtjofen mai-14: lys farge for en brown ale? Bortsett fra litt aroma og smak av nøtter synes jeg dette minner mest om en golden ale. Slank kropp (ulikt julenissen) og med fin balanse. Hvis nissen hadde holdt seg til denne ville han ikke hatt problemer med å komme seg ned skorsteinen.
Sigmund (4958) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared bottle at local tasting, from Voldby Købmandsgaard. Amber to reddish brown colour, moderate off-white head. Sweetish aroma, toffee and caramel. Toffee and nuts in the flavour, fairly dry, more distinct hops than expected.
gunnar (5157) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAY 9, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared bottle at local tasting. Pours clear mahogany with a small thin head. Aroma of caramel, light roasted, furniture polish. Dry mouthfeel. Taste is light sweet, nutty malts, balanced by some easy roast and dry spices, lingering moderate bitter.
VastActiv (2656) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 18, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle 0.5 at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 17122011. Colour is clear copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Sweetness, some caramel, some hops and malts.
SlackerMads (1439) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Clear golden, medium sized off white head. Spicy, soapy, perfumy, light grain, nuts, caramel, syrup. Medium body, medium sweet, light bitter, oily texture, soft carbonation.
MF666 (248) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Klar mørk gylden , god hvid skum, let duft sødlig, let maltet sødlig sag, udemærket mundfuld let vo2, let bitter eftersmag