jercraigs (9154) - 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 (948) - 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 (2910) - La Mesa, California, 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.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Semi sweet almost cola flavor with some spices, chocolate and caramel. A nice winter beer.
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber color with a medium to thin body, this one tasted of toffee and caramel and maybe a hint of maple. It may only be September, but it gave me a nice dose of early Christmas spirit.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was a very enjoyable christmas time beer. Sorry haven’t gotten to a computer in 2 weeks but remember I really liked it.
paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber color with a tan head. Aroma is a hint of alchol and and root beer. Flavor is subtle notes of toffee and chocolate, with a thick mouthfeel. Not a bad beer to find in a grocery store.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent winter time beer. Dark reddish color with a smallish tan head. Toffee caramel taste with a hint of cognac flavors present. Hop intensive aftertaste, i’d say this is an excellent choice for a winter brew.
DocLock (8969) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have no blockbuster for 1,800, and I’m not going to make it a big deal. This one pours deep copper/ruby with aromas of caramel malt, cabernet, almonds, toffee. Tastes caramel malty, with hops, spices, toffee, and a cabernet/cognacy finish. Well hidden alcohol, but a suitably dense palate with notable complexity and balance. Nice style.