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 (7811) - 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.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good color. Nice earthy bittering hops. Good blend of malt and fruity yeast. Long hoppy finish. A good winter brew.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brilliant red-amber color. Piney hop aroma. Initially flavor was very bitter and dominated by piney and citrusy hops. As the beer warmed and/or my taste buds adjusted to the bitterness, some nice malt sweetness came out in the flavor and aroma, evening out the balance. Dry bitter aftertaste. A very nice Christmas beer.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity overtones to aroma. Brown and clear in appearance.
Good malt flavor with hoppy finish. Excellent Christmas beer.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A wonderful christmas present from Oregon. . . The wrapping paper is chesnut brown with a red hue. There are a lace of snowflakes all around the top. . . The present also has a plesant piney aroma with hop leaf bow decorations. Inside is a plethora of citus fruits; lemons, oranges and ripe grapefruit. As I finished the unwrapping juniper berries spilled all over and left me very happy.
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great color- deep amber. Little to no head. Not especially complex but respectable amount of hop flavor- not just malty. Great beer to drink while opening presents on Christmas Day.