zach8270 (3777) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [22 oz. bomber] Clear red color with a thin tan head. Aroma is a mixture of sweet malt, caramel, pine, hops and a touch of vanilla. The flavor is very piney with a sweet middle and a slightly hoppy and citrusy finish with a piney and bitter aftertaste. A little thin-bodied, but very flavorful.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish, not quite clear appearance. Creamy, parfait like, rocky tan head. Aroma of caramel, hops, a little vanilla and a slightly stale, cardboard like smell. Resin and candy flavors with a bitter finish. The body could be punched up and the bitterness is a little rough but overall pretty good.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured ruby amber with thick weblike white head...smelled a little floral and a little citrus, not the most appealing aroma ever, but not bad...taste wa a little malty upfront, but all hops going down...also, there was something astringent about this beer...finish was a little bitter and sticky...not a bad beer, but I really wasn’t impressed...tasted like an overhopped Red to me...
sarafist (8) - Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2004 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very hoppy, somewhat bittter, medium body, lots of head. A good brew for the winter season.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2004 cloudy dark body with lots of head.left nice lacing on the glass.i noticed hops,ginger,and candy.very smooth as well for a christmas ale.
egajdzis (5507) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby red with a medium sized tan head. Caramel, tart apple, sweet cherry aroma. Citrusy hops, sweet malts. For its percentage, alcohol is fairly noticible. Nice, smooth, over all fairly balanced.
zeppelinsoul (20) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I in the tradition of other christmas seasonals, this beer is spice spectacular. I really enjoy this beer, its taste warms the soul and the season. Grab the kids gather round the tree serve Santa’s private reserve to all and light the holiday fire.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dirty purple with a creamy white head that laces well throughout the bomber.
Nose is piney and citrusy with tons of floral hops. Quite hoppy and quite the smeller.
This is quite the tasty treat right about now. Slightly fruity and tart up front. Piney and grassy hop flavor. Slight grapefruit and grape flavor with a hint of caramel as well. The hops are quite juicy and quite pleasant.
This was quite the treat.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish/brown with a medium size tan head. Sweet malt aroma with a touch of hops. Taste wasn’t sweet like expected.
Nice malt flavor with hints of citrus and a nice hop bitterness at the end.
DocLock (8331) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I think Rogue is an under-rated brewer. Their beer-making excellence has made them the target of many commercial comparisons. For my money, I’ll drink a Rogue beer over most others any time, and I know BBB63 shares my enthusiasm for Rogue. This one pours turbid ruby, with a medium, creamy tan head. Aroma of malt, hops, citrus, cabernet. Great aroma. Tastes malty, hoppy, with hints of dry red wine and cranberry bread. The palate is extremely smooth and slight dry. This one is excellent. I figured it would be a gimmicky Christmas beer, but instead it was an "in-your-face" strong red/brown ale. Just wonderful.