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 it’s 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 doesn’t 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.
Tejas (844) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2009 Draught > Flying Saucer. Dark clear amber with no head. Reminds me of a extra malty amber. Some roastiness too. Thin palate. Enjoyable but probably won’t try again. Just too many other better options.
MIBRomeo (2485) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light brown nice well laced off white head. Weak aroma is barley present. Well carbonated w/ an avg body. Flavor is nutmeg, cinamon and some weak carmel malts. Nothing special.
SudsMcDuff (5649) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2012 first bottle was a single from U-Stop... . . what an interesting brew, It has a good uplifting smell and has no real head at ALL. No bother, the taste is like ,wow! CRAZY sweet assortment of flavors, could use a tad bit more carbonation but not really seeing as this is a sippin good night brew, but wow! NO surprise here, ANOTHER great beer from St.Arn’s! .. . . i got spice in my eye
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - APR 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly cloudy amber body with a thin but present white head. Caramel nose with a bit oad at al.f grain mash and herbal hops. Nice medium mouthfeel with more thick caramel malts. Traces of spice work their way through the nobel hop bitterness and leave a touch of cinnimon in the finish. 7% alcohol is exellently hidden. Not bad at all.
Kinz (3164) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
As flakes fall in March, it seemed like a good time to enjoy this Christmas brew from my Secret Santa. Medium orange amber, very little head. Slight aroma of caramel and fruity hops. Light caramel flavors, slight fruit hoppiness, mixed with a bit of dirt. A quite decent, restrained English style ale, with an almost American hop flavor.
Brew4Dug (137) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Since the Elissa IPA is now being brewed and distributed year-round, I must say that I already miss this fine ale being on the shelf of the local grocer. A very well balance ale with a smooth and sweet finish that tickles the palate. Very well-hidden alcohol punch, with no apparent astringent bite throughout the glassful. Recommended.