Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brewery, Pub Crawl and the bottle. Pours a deep brown-red color. Nose is of winter spices and prunes, perfect for Christmas. Tastes of apricots and that winter spice (nutmeg, cinnamon) with some great yeasty flavors. It doesnít give the mouthy feel of a 7% brew, so itís easy to drink several in a row...and then have to pay the consequences.
billism (44) - Missouri City, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brownish-redish color. Nice flavor. Nicely balance. Very malty indeed. A great winter warmer.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Doughy yeast character to the sweet malty flavour with dark pit fruits and warm Christmas spices in the nose. Clear copper coloured body is topped by a decent, fine bubbled, off white head that recedes to a lasting cover. Strong orange and apricot fruitiness with spiciness that is more subdued and integrated than the aroma suggests with doughy yeast character and moderate finishing bitterness that keeps it from becoming cloying. Dry medium body with lively carbonation that engages the tongue. Sampled at GABF 2005.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 8, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decent beer enough I guess. Watery copper color, slight white head. Dies off. nose is very fruity with a slight chalkiness that is welcome but not too welcome. Jockstraps dance around my nose...hmmm. Flavors are the same, with a flatness that pervades after each sip. Not too appealing, more appaling than anything else. Ehhh
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle: Dark malty aroma, sweet taste-grapes, raisens, fruity, brown in color. Does have a strong alohol taste.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Andrewm
Somewhat muted aroma features spice, white fruits and an oddly tangible feel in the nose. Color of dark brewed tea with almost no head. Very malty and that asspect dominates. Their is a very toned down spiciness, but seems to be from hops rather than actual spices. This isnít the kind of beer that will take you through distinct flavors ranges, but is an enjoyable and somewhat creamy holiday warmer.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma is caramel, raisens, a bit of nuts also. the body is brown with no head. mouthfeel is full and silky. Taste is caramel, hints of nutmeg, but itís very light. If this truely is 7% is hides the alcohol well
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just a very very smooth beer. Light malt with some nice spices. not much head. alcohol is well hidden.
ELPADRINO (70) - The Woodlands, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a ruby color with a quickly disappearing head. Aroma is light and contains apple, cinnamon and citrus. Body is light and not very complex. I taste some citrus and medium hops. Aftertaste is light and sweet. Not a very deep beer, but it doesnít taste bad.
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 Rich toasty caramel aroma with a hint of spices. Poured a dark amber with a white head that didnt last too long. Taste is quite malty sweet, with some faint hop action and faint spiciness. I wished the carbonation would be a bit higher, and the high ABV is well hidden. Nonetheless, this is a nice beer and i cant wait till next winter to taste this again. Oh and by the way, this beer on cask is out of this world.