JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper colored with a tall tan head. Sharp biting/malty aroma. Flavors of malt with a sharp bitterness almost tending to sourness. Definite butterscotch and hazelnut flavors, but then again there is that lactic/sour/bitter taste that distracts to much.
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dry grainy head, made fizzy noises but lasted. The body is the color of cherry stain or medium-dark sweet tea. Toasty malt aroma some unidentifiable funkiness. The flavor incorporates the caramel and toasty malt flavors with this unusual flavor that reminds me of Sweetwater Festive Ale. I had attributed the flavor to mace, which is one of the spices in Festive Ale, but Iím not so sure this one is spiced. Maybe itís the butterscotch flavor of the infamous Ringwood yeast, but I didnít know Sweetwater used that yeast for Festive Ale so Iím confused. Thereís a bit of slighty citric hops underneath all this that breaks up the malt-funk party a bit.
delacerveza (157) - Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown color, initially huge froth-top turns teensy. weird sour nose, like a wet dog that rolled in something gnarly? i liked the taste though. malty and...well, sort of different. my husb tasted and said "man thatís bitter" but i disagreed (maybe iím getting to be more of a hop head?) still, it isnít what i was expecting for a special winter brew. honestly, i donít know what to expect but i want it to knock my knickers off with herbal spiciness. this was good but the knickers didnít budge.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep amber color with a thick head and good lasting lace. Slightly sweet malty aroma with a sweet malty flavor quickly turning very hoppy. Medium bodied and dry.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really enjoyed this. Dark, rich, malty, and altogether tasty. I wouldnít mind a little less carbonation, but the beer overall was quite good. The ever-present ship on the label is covered in snow. How crafty!
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bad Christmas cookies…Burping hop flowers and sleepy butterscotch…Yawn…
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured with a white soapy head, an ominous sign of things to come. Something unpleasantly chemical in both the flavour and aroma - kind of pine-sol, left a detergent fealing on the tounge. Syrupy sweet. Similar to but worse than Rougeís Santas Private Reserve.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well I donít know what all you guys were thinkiní I think this is a very well done beer.
Aroma is spices and spruce. Pours dark brown with creamy head. It starts spicy, then becomes quite malty, with a nice hop bite at the end. The spruce, spicness lingers on the finish. Very enjoyable.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2002
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Other than the nasty aftertaste itís not horrible per se. The flavor is actually somewhat pleasant and fruity.
Hugerat99 (26) - USA - JAN 31, 2002
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not that good. The finish had a citrusy bite that really wasnít very pleasant at all.