blankboy (6919) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at BarVolo (vintage 2004). Pours a sparkling dark orange with an average size creamy white head. Looks great. Aroma is primarily hops then sweet malt, mild citrus, spices and pine. Very bitter flavour of hops, citrus and spices. Palate was a little harsh. Fantastic beer -- I love Sierra Nevada!
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2003, Light hazy orange-amber beer with light yellow-beige head. Very clean malty nose with faint figgy accents and with touches of summer flowers. Also aroma’s of buttercakes, fruit-musly, spices and refreshing hops.
The beer has a smooth elegant taste with touches of nutmeg, masisbanda, apricot-pit, cookies, cedar-wood and the slight bitterness of avocadoskin.
The mouthfeel is medium body and has a nice balance. The beer has a lot of caracter and the refreshing boost of hops brings all the components on the right place. Thanks Joris for sharing this one with me.
JorisPPattyn (8914) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 10, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Off-white head, falling away fast over hazy orange-amber ale. Sweetish cookies and cake-bottom with a whiff of hops. Little aroma of sweetened juniperberries. Mix raisins, lychees, cookies, cardemoms, cloves, honey-laden flowers, apples and a lot of (American) hops into a very evenly mix, and one might come near to this. Retronasal some resiny harshness. Well-bodied without appearing very heavy, slight oilyness, typical for an American beer. Superb, superb balance giving both a restrained and a rich feeling. Thanks to Logan Perkins.
Gilamonster24 (8) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JUL 8, 2005 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
very very high in flavor that tastes of christmas. i can hardly wait for the cold months just for this beer to come out and help celebrate the winter.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUL 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2006 7/5/05: 2004 Bottle. Poured with a small off-white head. Virtually no lacing. Amber in color. Smells of spices, citrus, and alcohol. Very bitter from start to finish. Light to medium body and over carbonated. Not one I look forward to again. 5/3/4/3/10
3/10/06: 2005 Bottle. Poured a gorgeous orange-amber color with a small off white head that dissipated to a ring. Light lacing. Nice aroma of orange, lemon, and spices. The alcohol aroma is hidden this time around. Classic IPA flavor of citrus, pine, and a light caramel background. Light and dry. Great hoppy bitterness throughout. Possibly a bad bottle in my first rating of this. This one was very enjoyable. 7/4/8/3/16
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Red/orange w/ off white head foamy head. Nose is hopps. Taste is bitter and hoppy with a somewhat sweet after taste.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice hop aroma. Pours very nice with a frothy white head on a copper body. Citrus notes follow a mild malt profile and big hops are present through out. A less in your face IPA which is more to my personal style. Still was kinda sad there was no cinnamon or fruitcake flavors :-(
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 Vintage, 12 oz Bottle: Light transparent red/orange which pours a big tan head which is mostly sustaining, nice carbonation. Aromas of big hops with some pine and light grapefruit. Flavor is a nice sweet bitterness, a little bite, and a drying mouthfeel. Nice looking lacing.
Gmku (296) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2008 Re-rate, Vintage 2008: Wow, as good as ever. I don’t notice much difference year to year. This is a good thing, no?
Perhaps my favorite of the holiday brews. Love the rich body, the generous malt, the hearty hops. Much like an IPA, which might seem a little odd for a winter seasonal, but for some reason it just works.
johndoughty (4619) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Perfume like flavours dominate.Plenty of body yet in some ways quite gentle for a 6.8%.Reminds me of Anchor Liberty Ale. An all round top class ale.