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 (740) - 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
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had one 22oz. of this guy and I was feeling pretty good. The taste of this beer has a little bit of a kick to it due to the high alcohol content. It's a decent beer if your into getting a buzz and tasting the alcohol more so than other beers.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet caramel malt aroma, very little head with no lacing. Very lovely chestnut appearance. Fruity ringwood flavor, nicely crisp, with a good hop balance. Luscious on the tongue. Nothing outstanding going on but a nice drinker. Thanks to Yankeeheel.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: mixed flavors in the aroma. Color was good but i was surprised at the dry finish.
OldGrowth (2758) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Lite spice, banana, nutmeg, chocolate and carmel in the nose. Dark orange red color. Small to no head. Citrus, grapefruit & orange. Lite chocolate and carmel too. Thin and bitter finish. Not bad. Not great.