bkurtz (987) - PERU - DEC 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a deep amber. Big flavor upfront (somewhat sweet) with a slightly bitter finish. I really like these kind of beers, I just wish it had more of a finish.
jhliesen (768) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from a Holiday Pack--Dark brown color with a small of cherry aroma. Decent lacing, with a medium head. Solid malt flavor with a slight hop kick to finish.
jcwattsrugger (11432) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle, best by 9/06-pours a big, foamy, rocky tan head that retains. Clear dark amber color with effervescence. Aroma is malt, sweet, touch of bitter hops. Taste is malt, bitter, then sweet starts to come through but the alcohol overrides the sweetness. The malts and hops are close to balanced…
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark effervescent mahogany with a semi-creamy off-white head. Aroma of wildflowers, citrus hops, and biscuit dough. Flavor is very floral with some hazelnut and dry grassy hop flavor. Finish is nuts, toffee, and some herbal hop essences. Refreshing.
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - DEC 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from RSVP in portland. pours a nice deep brown with a nice off white head. aroma is nice spicy hops. has nice dry taste with a slight hint of roasted malts and some nice pineyness. finishes with a very nice hoppy bitterness. nice winter ale. will buy again
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, best before 10/06) Deep coppery body crowned by soft biscuit head. Nose is faintly malty and bready perhaps. Good lacing. Mouthfeel smooth. Tastes of mild maltiness, with a hint of brown sugar. Moderate bitterness from start to finish. Nice warming beer.
jercraigs (8423) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark amber brown body, witha big fluffy beige head that fades away leaving moderate lacing. (3+) Sweet malty aroma with muted hoppy tang. Flavour is mostly malt with undertones of toffee and burnt brown sugar. Bit of a hoppy bit in the finish, borders on astringence because its such a contrast to the sweet rich malt up front. Average palate. Enjoyable but unexceptional.
Davhgbrew (947) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Spicy aroma. Whispy white head. The first sip tastes exactly like it smells...spicy and a little malty. Tastes like a brew drink around the fire at Christmas time.
mjg74 (2787) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pours a medium amber like color. Sweet bubblegum/malty aroma. Flavor is sweet with light traces of chocolate and a nice roasted coffee flavor. A bit of maltiness. Very smoothe and easy drinking. Enjoyable.
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
boston tea party delayed due to heavy snows and christmas jeer. not a bad brew. amber, foamy head with a roasted bitter/dry burnt leather and caramel. a little fizzhop. I definately didnt taste anything *holiday* about this though.No real christmas associated spices or such.