JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber with a nice thick head, side by side this is identical to theri brown ale! A rich malty mouthfeel, almost soft and creamy but thick. Some hops at the finish, but still leaves along malty aftertaste.
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A real nice hearty, warm flavored beer that is a nice winter beer without the "hot" high alcohol flavor of most heavy Xmas beers, or the overly spiced versoin of other Xmas beers.
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oh god this beer is good. It is rich and sweet with spice to it. Somewhere in the hops this beer gets a taste like a cinnamon Christmas tree.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fizzy copper color with a sweet caramel malty aroma. Body has a medium hoppiness and a touch of spice. This exhibits good balance and is one of the best Texas beers I have tried.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong fruity aroma with raisin and hints of vanilla. Brown color, off-white head, fair lace. Smooth, sweet, fruity, little bitterness. Long lasting finish with raisin and a alcohol burn. Not bad at all. Reminded me of some good but macro ales from Belgium.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber brown pour with a medium head. Nice mix of spices and malt. Slight alcohol taste.
Dogbrick (8133) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to legion242 for this one. Pours a pretty reddish-brown with a medium beige head that lasted pretty well. Decent lacing. Sweetly spiced aroma with a hint of malt as well. Very smooth mouthfeel, with flavors of sherry, malt, and spice. Mild alcohol flavor in the finish. A great winter warmer!
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 26, 2002
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Copper color. Rich and malty with a touch of smoke and some dark red fruits. The smoky burnt malts come through too much in this beer.
aracauna (3084) - Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice coppery brown with fleeting white head. Nice dry malt nose with prominent but not overpowering spice (sorry, but I’m bad at identifying spices) but it’ssomething in pumpkin pie (nutmeg?). The flavor is more of the same plus some brown sugar and it’s fairly dry. After a few sips it the flavor fades and becomes a bit bland and suffers from lack of malt background. It’s not bad but there’s better winter beers out there.
Nuffield (3671) - 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 don’t care for here, it certainly is a beer worth trying.