cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not outstanding but I liked the subtlety of the malt blend...I mean it didnít grab you by the mouth and scream CHOCOLATE NOW! Likewise, I didnít think it was that spicy or interesting, but I think Iíd get it again, especially if company was coming.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark burnt malts predominate. I taste cherries and some dark fruits in this. Not nearly as spicy as the description would suggest, certainly not very much in the way of cinammon. Interesting combo of fruit and dark malts. Pretty good.
ARMed (598) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2002
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A good winter beer but just a little too tart for me. The color is excellent (deep brownish red - rust color). Looks like a very nice mahogany varish. The lacing is also very good. The taste is spicy and rich flavored but the palate is poor.
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love the seasonal beers and this is about my favorite. I love the cinnamon flavor combined with the dark malts.
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 (3668) - 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 (5130) - 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.