Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown throughout, with a small head and no lace. Malt aromas, some chocolate, and some fruit. Bold spice flavor of cinnamon, covering a small malt taste along with some more chocolate. Medium bodied with a spicy palate. Not too bad.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ruby colors with an off-white head and light lacing. The aroma is midly hoppy and spicy with a touch of band aid. The flavor is well balanced with spices and zest. This is a pretty good beer from BBC, sucks that I had to buy the whole holiday pack just to fid this gem.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice deep, reddish/amber color and not a lot of head. I'm picking up caramel in the aroma and flavor, but I'm not really getting the chocolate. Little bit of spiciness, but not much. It is smooth and the aftertaste is mild. I expected more pronounced flavors from this, but it is above average.
argo0 (12801) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2003
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear red-brown body with minimal beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, cinnamon, licorice, brown sugar. Taste is medium sweet, light spice, some malt. Watery light-medium body.
Aggie80 (802) - Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Well, it does look nice. Flavors are subtle and not strong. Refreshing, but not something I'm going to run out and buy.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with an adequate nonlasting tan head. Big malty aroma followed by an equally satisfying malt taste. The spice is quite light and the body is full. Nice.
ElGaucho (2371) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted malt, molasses aroma. Great large, off-white puffy head. Good head retention. Not great lace. Reddish black hue. Despite relatively high alcohol (5.6%), it is hidden well. Cinammon and orange notes described on label are evident. Overly malty, but still good.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I actually found this to be quite tasty and satisfying. The best part of the sampler. A nice subtle spiciness, with some ginger and anise with a hint of cinnamon. Extremely subtle and medium bodied, highly drinkable.
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: got my "winter variety 12 pack which contained this beer. I wish I could say this was a rich, complex beer in the tradition of "Old Peculier", but sad to say it is far from it. There is an apparant ginger and almost minty flavor but it isn't supported by the aroma, appearance or palate. I would think S.A. being a company that takes pride in it's reputation would roll out a seasonal ale with some depth, but such is not the case. Appearance and mouthfeel come across as very macro and commercial. It's a shame.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, snifter, 55 degrees. Tall, tan, creamy sits on a deep ruby body. The head is long lasting. Mild coffee, caramel malt (M); grapefruit hops (L); pear, allspice, cinnamon aromas. Pleasant but light aroma. Heavily sweet flavor becomes a moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic finish. Medium body, oily texture, flat carbonation. Flavor lacks most of the spiciness of the aroma. The bottom line is: one of the better SA's, but what does that really mean?