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 (5025) - 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 (2470) - 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 (1336) - McKinney, 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.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer struck me as being overly light for a Christmas beer, and is rather thing from a mouthfeel perspective. This beer also struck me as overly light in hoppiness, and a bit unbalanced in terms of too much malted milk ball character.
Beer pours a sparkling amber color with excellent head formation (cumulus and towering and composed of tiny bubbles). Aroma is lightly fruity hoppiness with too much maltiness for my liking. Mouthfeel is rather flat. Flavor is a light sweet maltiness with a whiff of sweet hoppiness. Iím not really impressed with this beer.
Not really recommended, but not too bad (canít say too much negative about it).
AmEricanbrew (6370) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from 2004. Pours a orange/amber hue with a slight head. Malty, spicy sweet smell. Medium to full bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Nice malty, spicy sweet and black pepper taste.
A very tasty, ultra smooth drinking brew. Jan 2005.
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear copper pour with an offwhite head. Metallic toffe malt aroma with a hint of spice as well. Taste is light toffee flavored malt again, with a light note of spices coming into the flavor as well and a light bitterness. Slightest hint of alcohol shows, but still very drinkable. Decent beer all around, but just not my favorite style.