Nuffield (3541) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2002. Alcohol in the aroma, very attractive deep red-brown color, very full in flavor. Sweet, definitely sweet, but something off-putting in the aromas. Raisins and spice but suggestive of something...odd... Lots of bitterness to go with the sweetness. Better as it warmed, and although there are some things I donít care for here, it certainly is a beer worth trying.
foduck (328) - Denton, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2002
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Didnít like this so much. Seems to have some sort of Koelsch yeast maybe? Some popcorn in there with a weak body and not much else going on.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Surprised to see this
one rated so highly, but
it looks like much has changed
in the St. Arnold recipes since
I last sampled 5 years ago. As I
recall back then, this went down simply
as a high octane version of the already-nice
Amber Ale. I expected more complexity
a seasonal beer.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2003 Very pretty brew, but I thought it was way too sweet actually. There was a weird alcohol aftertaste too. Rerate: much better than last year's....very complex with a fruity sweetness, hoppiness, and slightly acidic finish....st arnolds best? Nice beer! RERATE: The 2003 cask version of this beer is unbelievable, the beer improves every year. Drinking a cask christmas is like drinking a bowl full of fresh blueberries and cream, along with the hoppy and robust goodness I've come to expect from this beer.
fly (1392) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - NOV 13, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is another rating the day after. Not quite fair, but... I Found it a tad sweet and lacking in hop character. Donít think a Christmas beer should be a hop monster by any means, but it also had a strange flavor again I was unable to pin down. Despite the warm winters we Texans deal with, I want a BIG beer for Xmas. Not up to my high expectations. Not BAD, just wishing it would get reworked. Will try on draught to see if thereís a notable difference.
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great beer. Again, on tap at the brewery. Much better there than out of a bottle. Nice flavor, similar to the brown ale with a more bitter, hoppy, floral taste.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Too bad no one knows this beerís abv - it goes down a little warm. Interesting also that itís not in the spice/herb/veggie category since the taste is a herbal one. Thinner than its brown color would lead you to expect. Really nice if you like the winter warmer style beers.
Nastrass (58) - Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A distinctly sweeter taste with hints of spice and fruit. Rating would be higher except for the strong alcohol aftertaste.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smooth and creamy, a little malty. Strange aftertaste that somewhat mimicked kick.
Indra (2530) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ah, a little Christmas in July... Let me just say that this beer is *red*! Bright, fiery orangey red. Red like the hair of a fair Irish lass. Head is a small fractal pattern of tiny bubbles. Light berry aroma, with some malt sweetness and pine as well. Fruity and sweet flavor profile, with a very interesting blend of flavors on the finish, having some herbal hops, spiciness, fruitiness and a nice effervescent, smooth feel. Interesting malty flavors for the aftertaste, more berry here too, having some complexity. Feels very light on the tongue, overall body is very soft. This is quite tasty, just anticipate subtlety, not the usual flamboyant character of your typical Winter Warmer. Well, what do you know, itís all gone... Iíd love to try the cask version of this one.