lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22oz bomber.
Pours a still traslucent red with no head. Aroma is very light but is lightly spicy.
Taste is spicy. Ginger and some nutmeg. Bitter up front and then fruity and sweet. Some nice hops in the finish. Medium bodied and a bit of a sticky aftertaste.
Pretty drinkable holiday brew but nothing spectacular. Solid.
TheBeerGod (5687) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to matta for the bottle! Ruby colored with a small tan head. Nose is light spice, hops, light caramel, raw nuts, and hints of alcohol. Taste is very nutty with spicy hops, creamy malts and light alcohol notes. A surprise that the alcohol comes through like this on a 6.8% beer. Light lingering hop bitterness and some mild sugary notes throughout. Body is moderately carbonated with a medium overall feel. Finishes with more spicy hops, light cocoa, nuts, and light brown sugar notes. Hint of caramel as well.
ElGaucho (2329) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dry roasted malt aroma like an Oktoberfest. Rich, dark amber in color, great color. Nice visible carbonation and off-white head. Great lace. Rich malty mouthfeel with some sweetness. Well balacned. Very sollid. Session qualities. Thanks matta for sending this brew.
Aubrey (3501) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep burgundy with a frothy tan head. "Sweet alcohol" in the nose. Smooth and creamy texture; has a little weight; nice carbonation level. Roasty, with a sweet caramel malt base. Other notes of nuts, light toffee, brown sugar, fruit (apples, pears, grapes) and buttered toast. Also has a curious element of vanilla and almond extracts. Finished with a little sourness and a mildish bitterness. Soft alcohol note added a nice touch. Pretty tasty beer. Thanks Matt!
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I bought the last 2 22 oz bottles of this on sale at my favorite package store for the lofty price of 99 cents a bottle. I figured if nothing else, the price was right. I was pleasantly surprised with this nice brew. Pours a rich dark red with a decent smallish brown head. Taste of hops with some musky undertones. Hints of holiday spices and caramel are definitely present. Iíll definitely seek this one out next Christmas season.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Mahogany with a fluffy white head. Nose: piney hops , ginger and oranges. Flavor is a melange of spices and dark fruits: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, raisons, prunes, figs and black cherries. Some nicely subdued hop flavors. Chewy palate.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet smell. spices in the nose too. Weird taste, like christmas air freshner. lots of ginger and hops. Got quite hoppy in there too. Bottle was a goddamn year old, but it wasnt tainted or stale.
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 (4616) - 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.