Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours darkish brown with tall frothy head. Strong floral aroma. strong hop and barley presence. Very hearty flavor. Pretty decent beer but alittle over done with the barley malt. Other than that its pretty decent. Warms the crap out of you.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My 2003 six-pack. Canít beleive I have waited two weeks to actually try it...
Pours a hazy dark copper with a creamy lacy white head. Smells hoppy. Bitter and spicy.
Taste is dominated by assertive hops with a sour spicy (nutmeg flavors among others) malt. medium bodied but feels bigger than that. Smooth and drinkable. One of my favorite winter seasonals, never disappoints.
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours hazy golden yellow with a thick white head. Citric, extreme hoppy nose, and flavour as well. Acidic, Refreshing taste, somewhat flowery. Sweet. Great bitterness. An excellent ale. Medium to full bodied.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a slightly-cloudy amber with a medium head. Head dissipated after a couple minutes, but some stayed almost ítil I finished the beer. Floral and fruity hops dominated the nose. Light and well-carbonated mouthfeel. There was plenty of hoppy-fruity goodness in the taste. Very good, well-balanced beer.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium white head on a dark golden body. Srtong flavour, really a Winter beer, good with spicy food. Citrus notes and malty. Really warms you!
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2007 This ale should be celebrated at only $7.50/sixer. Pours a beautiful honey/straw with a bubbly white head. The nice citrus aroma is woven together with some tasty malt undertones. The flavor is somewhat meaty, and warms slightly in the finish. Great winter warmer.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with beige head. Aromas of dry floral hops and maybe some holiday spice. Nice rich flavor and body. Moderate ABV is disguised well. Sierra Nevada doesnít do great beers, but ones that I am never disappointed to sit down and drink.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is my favorite christmas time brew. I look forward to when this comes out every year. Such a tastey beer, flowery holiday taste. In a class all its own really. Try this next christmas for sure!
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2008 Interesting choice to put out an IPA as a winter seasonal brew--I love it. Typical Sierra Nevada floral aromatics with really great crisp hops notes. Medium mouth feel bolstered by the higher alcohol makes for a really positive drinking experience--try on tap.
brkc (11) - USA - APR 16, 2005
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
Iím not a big hops fan but the hops in this is just so over the top that I drank about 2 sips and dumped it down the drain. I canít think of a beer that I like less.