puboflyons (2361) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the 2013 batch. Good brown pour with off-white head. Aromas of vanilla or caramel malts with a vague smoky or perhaps spiced character. But also a kind of cardboard feel to it. Earthy mild hops. The body is medium. The taste embraces nuttiness over the caramel malts I noted on the nose with a slightly bitter bite on the backside.
adamah (214) - - MAR 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer is full of nutty vanilla and toffee aromas. It pours a deep cloudy amber color, with minimal head that dissipates quickly. Medium sweetness up front and a lightly bitter finish. It has medium body a thin feel and soft carbonation. It is kind of weird to be drinking a Vermont Christmas beer in Hawaii during February but it paired well with some sharp Vermont Cheddar and definitely hit the spot.
AdamJackson (3309) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
3 finger off white head. Brown appearance
Caramel and syrup. Nice body. Weak finish. Swet up front. Oak at the finish. Nice balance
vodka4blood (102) - Milton, Vermont, Vermont, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle = drank it too soon??
Nice beer, bitter flavor w/ some smokiness present, um, could be "creamy"er?
reggiedunlop (3396) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours opaque amber with a medium tan head. Aroma is malty/nutty and spicy. Flavor is caramely with seasonal spices...muddled. mouthfeel is light/medium and fizzy with a slightly dry spicy finish.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber thanks to duchessedubourg. 2011 Vintage.
Appearance : Deep dark amber with small fizzy head that goes away instantly.
Aroma : Caramel and toffee with spices. Light hops maybe. Mainly toffee and spices.
Taste : Toffee with spices. Light alcohol. Finish dry with light toffee, light hops and spices. Light bitterness.
Palate : Rather smooth carbonation. Palate is thin. Quaffable.
Overall : Interesting caramel with interesting spices. Mouthfeel is a bit disappointing. Quite drinkable. Appearance is very disappointing. Meh...
dlovell2 (1038) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown with a tan head. Roasted malt and citrus hop aroma. Roasted malt and caramel flavors with crisp hop finish.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Burnt caramel, to the point of being brown, large rocky sand colored head, spotty lacing.
Soft spiciness on the nose, a little perfume and floralness.   Soft spices on the tongue, pale breadiness, minor
chalkiness.   This reminds me of a really toned down Anchor Our Special Ale.   Slight Anise and floral
aspects, a little bit of chocolate.   Pretty tasty.   Smooth, but a little shallow.   Body could stand to
be a bit maltier/heavier.   Spices are there, but wished they were a bit more bright.   Otherwise, clean
finish, tasty, but on the lighter side.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at the brewery. Classic amberish color Dunkler Bock. Malty. Good fresh. Not an over spicy holiday beer,
ben4321 (4425) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from , 8/17/11, 2010 Bottle
Aroma: The nose is fairly sweet, caramel, dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, and light booze
Appearance: This one pours a cloudy reddish-brown color, wispy beige head, and light lace
Flavor: The taste is fairly heavy sweet and malty, some spice, light earthy bitterness
Palate: Rather sticky on the mouth, some chalkiness, and a sweet (almost cloying) finish
I wasn’t really impressed with this one. It isn’t a bad beer, but its overly sweet to the point that it is clearly limiting. It does improve as it warms, so don’t drink this one too cold. I didn’t hate it, but I don’t see myself seeking this one out in the future. If I did drink it in the future, I’d certainly prefer a smaller sample size instead of a whole 22, as the sweetness became overwhelming in such a larger sample size.