vyvvy (3978) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark tawny copper with a dense tan head. The aroma has lots of toffee / caramel, toasted malt and nuttiness. Medium / full body that is a bit crisp and and has sharp fizzy carbonation. The flavor starts with very toasted malt that is a bit on the musty side and there are hints of anise and dry spices along with warming alcohol that’s a bit more prevalent than I’d like. The finish has dry caramel, powder, basement must malt and warming abv. Good beer.
phaleslu (6497) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from Culinaria. Pours a cloudy reddish color with a big beige head. Aroma of mixed winter spices, sweet malts, caramel, toast, berry fruits, and a little alcohol. Flavor of malt, cinammon, nutmeg, berries, raisins, fig, pine hops, honey, bread, and warming alcohol. Medium bodied and dry, with a bready mouthfeel. Just a hint of roast on the alcoholic finish. Interesting beer, I might have to grab another and let it sit for a while.
thegreenrooster (3209) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is a dark brown with a big tan head. Aroma is brown sugar and molasses with a bit sour apple and toffee. That was pretty good. Flavor is again a little bit of apple and toffee with some alcohol. Leaves a little chocolate/cherry on the tounge after the swallow. A damn fine beer but once its gone its gone.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL capped bottle, sampled fresh in December 2009: pink, orange candy hue with a creamy ivory head that settles to the outer edge of my glass. Deep, sugary malt aroma with candied nuts, fruitcake, and toasted grains. Peaty alcohol mixes with charred honey over-ripe bananas. Slightly bitter initially, with cinnamon apple slices and candied pears. Long, malty flavour with significant alcoholic raisins, buttered toffee and bitter honey. Though the palate begins fairly gritty the finish is creamy and smooth. The alcohol creeps up on you slightly, but is more warming than overwhelming. A nice holiday treat.