raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark oarnge/red beer,with a frothy,pillowy,head. Web-like lacework clings to the glass.Bitter(oarnge,grass)aromas,with some mushy malts.Mouthfeel is over carbonated and too bitter. Decent malt presence but they are mushy and overpowered by the hops.Finish is strikingly bitter.Some sweetness in the finish too,but this beer is all about the hops.Not as good as I remember it being last year.Oh well,some beers you just lost taste for.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer aspired to be sierra nevada celebration ale. Cloudy amber in color. Dominated by hops and sweet malt. Not as good as the SNCA....finish was slightly soapy. I fear that this rating may not be totally accurate....this beer foamed upon opening like it was infected....smelled fine though.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAR 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It's March already, so I was hoping for one last taste of a good Christmas type ale, but this is pretty much just an IPA. Typical west coast IPA "hop the shit out of it" flavor and smell.
kyzr (1143) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - FEB 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I guess I can't add much more than what the bottle says. It lived up to its name, and as usual, I was happy with the results.
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - FEB 19, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tawny red color. Small quickly dissapating head. Pine-like aroma. Hops very noticeable. Long aftertaste.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly, off-white, towards the tan side, colored head. Creamy, as well. Dark ruby color. Even through the dark color, it is still slightly hazy, one of my favorite qualities. Spicy, hoppy aroma. I've got a stuffy nose and I can still smell a ton of hops, if that says anything about the power of the aroma. Still hoppy in the flavor as the aroma would suggest. The hoppy bitterness sits on the middle of your tongue and disipates towards your throat. The malts show through slightly less than the hops, but are there. The alcohol is somewhat apparent, but masked enough not to ruin the flavor.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fat and jolly hop elixir gliding through the throat with chiming cranberries and lingering tea leaf dryness...Shortwinded malt puffs reverberate on the crisp citrusy hops as a few black pepper flakes drape the palate...A merry moment courtesy of belgianhomebrew...
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish amber color, slight head that is long lasting. Classic Rogue aroma and the hops show through well. Malty flavor with hop spice at the end. Not too strong but a nice winter warmer. Santa would be proud to see little Jonny drinking on Christmas day!
IPALover (63) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice hoppy ale with a full
body. Nice initial aroma
which is a nice intro to
this somewhat heavy ale
thats assertively hopped.
Too bad you can only get
this around x-mas.
Great painted bottle!
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2007 Small head receding quickly, hops and fruit in the nose, clear red body with a little rising carbonation. A touch too bitter up front, sweet fruity body. Bitter finish. Not really my idea of a Christmas beer, but tasty nonetheless. RERATE 11/07: Draft. Some buttery diacetyl notes, hops scream of Amarillo, not Chinook. Not that great.