11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Matta. Reddish chestnut color with a fast fading off-white head. Minimal lacing. Caramelish aroma. Medium bodied. Alcohol is suprisingly noticable for 6.8. Flavor is decent, a little sweet and slightly nutty. Good amount of hops. Decent.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber colored with a thin fading head. All spice and nutmeg aroma with a little alcohol. Crisp and has some alcohol bite even at 6.8%. Fruits and mild white grape juice notes. So, so.
ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 2004 bottle. Good cherry-to-light burgundy appearance. Mostly filtered, with a light amount of haziness. Big off-white foamy head. Aroma of light cinnamon, dry toffee and a hint of goldings or something similar. Not tremendously powerful. Fruity and spicy beginning, with a dry almost nutmeg like spiciness. Gains some sweetness, and balance. I enjoyed the flavor and it wasnt all that boring, the biggest problem was that it just didnt pack enough flavor in it. Lightly dry, nutty finish, more spice and lightly toasted malt. Quite reminiscent of the Fullers Vintage Ale line (though not as full flavored, balanced or interesting) but itís on the right track, and for being a year old, it tastes pretty good. Hops and a hint of brown sugar linger on the aftertaste as well as a bit too much bitterness and alcohol. This vintage (2004) has some definite aging potential, as this didnt seem to get watery at all.
DYCSoccer17 (3211) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
So this is a bottle thats a year old, and Im currently pissed at it because it was so fucking fizzy that half overflowed into my lap. Very malty aroma, lots of sweet brown sugar with some caramel in there as well. I might smell a tad of cinnamon in there. Perhaps some sour fruits as well. Mildly hazy gorgeous garnet ruby color with an aforementioned bastardly huge off-white head. Kind of watery funky rubber taste to start. Finishes with a battle of hops and roasted chocolate malts and it just cannot make up its mind. This beer is meandering.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: the colorís a darker shade of crimson, and the head, though small, is solid and rests languidly, though perseseveredly, creamy in color.
Aroma: interestingly, starts out orangey, then with my next whiff I came away with nothing but sour green apples, really sour, jolly rancher sour, and still a neat balance of sweetness.
Taste: great blitz of hops at first, thatís easily contained, then overwhelmed by fantastic, delicious maltiness, that totally dominates from there on out. Rich, tasty, thoroughly fruity (cherries, and grapes, and berries, ringing through the palate), very sweet, without coming close to too-much-so, and thoroughly refreshing, with the significant alcohol content becoming more evident as we empty the glass. This is nearly an ideal winter warmer. Very approachable, constantly rewarding, and eternally delicious.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had a bomber in the back of the olí beer fridge that I had forgot about since the Holidays. Pours reddish-mahogany hue with a fairly persistant off-white head. Attractive dark fruit and caramel aromas dominate. Palate is smooth, but seems a bit thin for a winter brew. Flavors of fig, raisin, caramel and sweet crystal malts; tasty, but all a bit reserved. Alcohol never really shows up. A somewhat surprising slightly bitter hop finish sneaks in. Good, but not in the same league as their Longfellow.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice deep dark color with reddish tinges. Nice malty, earthy aroma when breathed in. Sweet fruity intermingled with nuttyness. A delight.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark clear red/mahogany with a small bit of off-white lacing. Dark fruit aroma... maybe blueberry and perhaps vinous. Tastes of nutty fruit. Sour hops in the finish. Warming body. Pretty good.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 16, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep copper in color with a small white lacing around the rim.Aroma is malty, hoppy,with fruit and yeast coming through as well. Thin body with a bitter start that ends sweet and fruity.
PisskyNight (13) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tis the Season...itís still Xmas rite?
Appearance: Dark Molasses hue with a large full inch off white head....which settles to a nice cm layering
Smell: Red wine and Bourbon Malts...nutmeg
Tatste: similar to the smell uprfont ...man as this warms it just really shows some great depth....its more complex than my initial though...sweet honey hops...suttle molasses notes....various dark fruits ...hmm... hints of nutmeg and cloves as well..great smoothness....highly drinkable
Notes: Just a great offering...yum