DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This isnít a bad beer at all, but I really donít like Christmas- tasting beer.
Rib Eye (147) - USA - DEC 16, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2003 No cinnamon and only the barest suggestion of any citrus on the finish. Otherwise just an overly heavy decently malted porter.
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Decent stuff. I can taste the ginger but no cinnamon or orange. Not much aroma, nice abiding head, rich brown color. Good flavor, but a little darker than I expected from the label. Good but not nearly as flavorful and rich as I wanted.
Nuffield (3536) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2004 A friend, passing me half of his bottle poured into a glass, read something to me that suggested I would find ginger, orange, and one other thing (nutmeg?) in this. Did I? No. That's not to say this isn't flavorful, because it is. Actually, tons of flavor. But as I drank it, this beer degraded incredibly into coca-cola. I don't know what happened. From interesting complexities of aroma and flavor to a pale knockoff of Coke. So sad.... Re-rated February 2004: same reactino--some initially interesting flavors produced by abundent maltiness, but found it sickly sweet after half a bottle, and failed to produced the expected dimensionality.
Suttree (4734) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very impressive. Rich aromas, and flavors of chocolate, cinnamon, maybe even a little orange. Available only in the Holiday pack.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - DEC 12, 2002
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Initial rating: 6Dec2002--bottle) Interesting beer; has strengths and weaknesses.
A beautiful beer; deep red, with a frothy, persistent, and lacy head. Perfect effervescence.
An equally nice aroma. I swore that it smelled creamy!
As soon as the beer hit my tongue, however, things deteriorated.
The beer is not extreme in any of its flavors. Medium malt, alcohol, and bitterness.
Well-balanced, but I couldnít get past the pervasive citric sourness. Like an unripe grapefruit.
The mouthfeel was thin; disappointing for my expectations.
Summary: nothing special.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber brown/mohagony solor topped by a medium thick head and decent lace. Sweet malty aroma with accents of spices and oranges. Slightly sweet malt flavor with hints of chocolate/coffee and caramel and a small touch of spice. heavy bodied, yet easy to drink
Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sparkling brown,huge lasting tan head.Burnt nose. Slightly burnt creamy choc malt taste with hint of orange. Chewy.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - DEC 7, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had a few bottles of this after work. They came in a lovely seasonal twelve from Boston Beer Co. Superb nose of cramel, chocolate, ginger with hints of alcohol and fig. Pours a clear ruby brown with a large super creamy tan head. The head is mostly lasting with very good lacing. The flavor is sweet, rich and deep. Tons of cinnamon with a long bisuity finish. The full and thick body is smooth and soft, the finish feels slightly alcoholic. Excellent!, but then I expect nothing less from Boston Beer.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting. Rather a unique flavor. I agree that
it seems a bit thin. Nice malt beginning, however, after that
things get a little funky. I guess I am not totally on board with
the whole spice beer thing.