Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle...Cloudy medium amber pour , thin off white head , sparse lacing . Aroma of fruit ,caramel and oak . Flavor is malty sweet with notes of fruit ,toffee and raisins . Smooth slightly bitter finish , with a touch of alcohol warming . Medium bodied ,very smooth and drinkable .
markwise (5195) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours orange amber with a white head. Nose is pudding, fruit, vanilla, malt, caramel, and bourbon. Flavor is an English Barreled beer: interesting. I get honey, pudding, vanilla, caramel, malt, and slight barrel/ bourbon. Medium body and finishes with lingering sweetness.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Tampa tasting. Poured a hazy amber color with the body supporting a thin beige. Nose is malty with notes of caramel, raisin, and some mild hops. Medium body with a smooth mouth feel. Flavor is roasted malt, raisin, caramel, candi sugar, and mildly bitter hops. Round finish with slight warming alcohol.
natejgood (483) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy medium brown with an off-white head that disappears pretty quickly. The aroma is a mix of dark fruits, malts and hops. This beer tastes a bit lark dark fruit but has a sweetness around the back of the tongue. This flavor is a bit unique. While tasty, it isn’t the easiest beer to drink.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Sample Date: 11/28/2009 Source:Once Apon a Vine - Northside) 550 ml bottle 8% abv. Caramel with some woodiness and earthy hops in aroma. Lightly cloudy dark amber/copper with little head. Sweet caramel and dark fruitiness. Medium finish with some woodiness. Mouthfeel is slightly fizzy. Finish is woody. Old Ale close to an English style Barleywine. Alcohol warming is subtle. Quite tasty.
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the 2008 brewed batch. Pours with a very large rocky/frothy light khaki head and a hazed orange brown body. Aroma of oak, light sourness, cherries, treacle, metal, christmas fruit cake. Flavor is slightly tart and bitter, tons of dark deep toffee notes, raisin bread, and a slight rum richness up front. A bit of cotton candy (not in a Belgiany way) in the aftertaste. Lightish carbonation. Medium acidity. Unique to say the least.
Habanero (4118) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pours clear, deep amber with a large beige head. Fair lacings. Nose of over riped fruits and light malt. Sweet flavour with caramel, fruits, raisins, wood and oak. Medium to full bodied. Oily texture. Dry finish and really no bitterness.
mirjukka (752) - LOHJA, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle 550 ml from GBBF 2009 color: amber no head, Taste: light sweetness, medium bitterness butterscotch, raisin, woody oak Palate: bit oily astringent pleasant way
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Beth101, been waiting for this for a while. Lovely rich malt, caramel aroma with hints of fruit. Nice amber colour with a decent tan head. Caramel flavour, nutty with malt. Good texture. The beer seems well crafted as expected from Sam Smiths. The High ABV gives it an alcoholic kick. The beer delivers this well to unlike some other beers. Oak flavours come out as it warms. Very nice beer.
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle ( 550ml ). Shared with blankboy and garthicus. Slightly hazy reddish-amber with an average beige frothy head. Hazy that Sam Smith apple-fruity yeast smell, a bit nutty, modestly boozy - mostly fruity/boozy. Tastes like an apple-y boozy trippel with some odd oiliness. Slightly watery, astringent and boozy, with a weird nutty bitter linger. I like it, but I don’t get all that Christmas character they talk about.