IrishBoy (4000) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from KAggie97; Nose is fresh baked biscuits with caramel sauce; rusty red (good Christmas color) with a medium beige head; flavor is caramel malt, dried cranberry fruitiness (not sweet), and mild peppery spiciness. "Very unusual"
holdenn (2100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle thanks to an extra by lb4lb. Pours a clear red/amber with a white head that fades over time. Nose is malty. Candy, red fruit, a hint of chocolate and malt notes that remind me of cheap whiskey. Fruity flavors, a little too sweet. Cherry, pale malts with a touch of alcohol warmth. Almost no spice for a Christmas ale. Meh. ok.
ilikestuff (224) - Irving, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hearty strong ale, but a bit off balance. They need to back off on the hoping a bit, and this coming from an IIPA lover. It adds just a little much to the already very bold malt flavor and alcohol warmth. Pours a deep golden color with a nice white head do the the high carbonation levels, also detracting from the palate. All in all, a good winter warmer, but not balanced well enough.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from lb4lb. Aroma of sweet and grainy malt with some clove spiciness. Pours nice, clean amber. The flavor seems a bit odd to me. A big grain characteristic at first, some spice midpalate and then finishes with a sharp alcoholic hotness. Just a bit out of balance with the flavors not integrating all that well. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Thanks Deniz!
mar (5064) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
nice dark amber pour with a small cream colored head. the smell is mostly malts but itís very unique. itís thick but itís more of a perfect thickness. tastes great as well.
DrZao (128) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2008 Dark amber with big foamy head. Unique malty aroma...I didnít find it stale, but rather estery malt, like buttered biscuits. Flavor is dominated by malt, with a hint of banana/ester fruitiness and some unique "spice". Herbal hops are very mild, and the aftertaste is smooth and malty. A retasting of the draft version &#40;2008 batch&#41; makes me rate the palate higher as it is very nice and smooth. The flavor and overall impression are also much higher. I was quite impressed.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
11-5-07 bottle. Translucent ruby red with foamy head. Stale malt funk. Not a strong or pleasant smell. Difficult to swallow - not an enjoyable flavor for me. It seems to just attack the taste buds and mouth. Alcohol in the aftertaste - which is perhaps the most pleasant aspect of what otherwise may be a dreadful aftertaste.
ilovedarkbeer (2539) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2007
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Kinda lame. Pours a deep amber brown color. Smells like malt and stale hops. Taste is like an american amber plus some strange spices. Weak ale.
dyetube (1373) - Hurst, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This beer pours a deep amber color with a thin tan head leaving no lacing down the sides. The smell is kinda of musty, like an old ale or something. Canít really place it. But It is very interesting. The flavors are not very complex but it does have a good warming sensation and spicy mouthfeel to it. This is an intriguing beer! Cheers
redgold07 (308) - Irving, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty dang good... a little bit sweet, masks the higher alcohol content. Definite malt flavor as well. Good looking beer as well... nice full brown color.
12 oz.. bottle.