LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Does a good job of balancing hops and malts, something not common in seasonal brews for some reason. I had trouble finding any reason to complain about this beer, but it just didn't reach out to me, either. Nice set of quality hops, and a good malty mouthfeel. Not the spicyness I was expecting from Santa, but Santa never did give me what I wanted anyway. Santa, if you're reading this, I still want that Radio Flyer.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: I liked the aroma much more than the flavor. I'm not sure why I seem to continually forget that these Christmas beers are typically spicy and I don't like spicy beers - but I do constantly forget. Maybe I was hoping against hope and wanted to try something different. That said ... I did enjoy the malty, spicy aroma. Nice appearance - deep, deep amber with a long lasting and tiny-bubbled beige head. Flavor ... spicy. Overall, I've had ones I liked less, but it's not a repeater for me.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light hazy brown tawny color with a nice sized lacing and head. Aroma is lightly hoppy a spicy. Flavor is well balances with a bittersweet finish. The mouthfeel is a little more sweet than usual, otherwise it's not too bad.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice amber-red with foamy off white head and plenty of lacing. Lots of hops in the nose, some citrus, and sweet malt. Flavor starts with hops, then some malt, finishing off with some more hops. Very pleasing.
Braudog (5625) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2003
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pured a beautiful dark red with airy toffee head. Light fruity aroma. The beer's flavor is surprisingly light, florally hopped, and well balanced. This is a yummy beer.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft: dark amber/brown color with a fluffy off white head that dissipates quickly but leaves some very nice lacing. Aroma is full of barley, very fresh, some caramel, and a hint of crisp hops. Flavor is also like liquid barley, a hint of malt, very bitter throughout, especially towards the finish. Palate is a bit too thin. Not a particularly well balanced brew, but it was crisp and fresh. It was good, but could have used something to balance out the bitterness IMO.
temporrari (381) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gorgeous beer. Deep redish color with lots of bubbles. Thick offwhite head that doesn't go anywhere quickly. Aroma is hoppy, nice. This is a good beer. Flavor is bitter, very full and satisfying. I like it. I'll have to get another one while it's around! Well done Rogue!
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep ruby colored with a rocky tan head and nice lacing. Big piney hop aromas. The malt aromas are more subdued but are nice and spicy. The flavor is quite bitter. The hoppy bitterness dominates the first half of the taste. A nice caramel/spicy maltiness develops later. The aftertaste is the tinyest bit sour but mainly bitter. The body is medium and fairly dry. Overall pretty nice effort. If they bumped the alcohol and residual sugars up a bit it would be even better.
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2007 A lovely medium red brown color and a creamy light tan head start off this brew. Nose is dominated by the hops, but also has some spice character to it, as well as an almost toasted note. Flavor is full, rich and bitter, with a very long hops finish. Really a very good beer, and great for the hops lover.
RE-RATE: Upon further sampling, I’ve found the favor to be thinner than I remembered, and somewhat one dimensional. Perhaps the previous rating came after a few OTHER ratings?
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red, bitter, and malty. Pretty good, and was worth the experience. Notgreat