sayravai (4706) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled) Hazy amber/orange color with a smallish, lacy head. Very fruity, aromatic-flowery-hoppy aroma. Somewhat port-wineous and sweet. Fruity, flowery, hoppy, slightly wineous. Long, aromatic and bitter, slightly sugary finish. Medium-bodied, very bitter, dryish palate with balanced carbonation. Slightly thin for a winter ale, and not very warming. Nicely hopped brew, but I expected even more.
GregClow (3067) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2005 2004 vintage. Copper-amber colour with a longlasting white head. Rich, full, piney hop aroma. Flavour is similarly hoppy, with a pleasant spiciness. Kudos to Ralph at Volo in Toronto for bringing this one in. (Not a real re-rate, I just had to correct a typo.)
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours and amber with a small off white head. Nice hoppy aroma with a hint of malt. hoppy flavor with some added spices. Nice bitter finish with the warming of alcohol.
TaktikMTL (6860) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée au Cabot Annex Store à Waterbury Center, VT. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et d’épices (Gingembre?). Apparence: Couleur ambrée pâle. Petit col blanc mousseux. Légère dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrûmes et d’épices. Forte présence d’houblon. Durée de l’arrière goût moyen. Palette: Corps moyen avec une texture mince. Carbonisation au dessus de la moyenne. Forte amertume en arrière goût. (Rating #74)
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2005 Good stuff for IPA lovers. Got some extra spice (keeping with tradition, I see, for SN brews) and stickiness. Warming and cheerful, and all-around fuzzy-headed enjoyment of the better things in life. Awww, how nice.
whiskeyfairy (27) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice clear amber pour. Pleasant aroma of spices. Strong hop flavor making it a little bitter but the flavor is growing on me with more sips. I enjoy staring at the label as I sip on this. I feel like I should be there in that log cabin drinking beer with my little bourbon barking at my feet... nevermind
Tmoney99 (12986) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
BOTTLE. LIGHT AMBER COLOR WITH MEDIUM WHITE HEAD. MEDIUM TO HEAVY HOPPY AROMA. HOPPY FRUIT FLAVOR WITH LONG FINISH. EXCELLANT SEASONAL BREW.
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had both in bottle and on tap in two of bostons finest establishments. 2005 I have been told has been the best year in quite sometime and who am I to argue. More flavorful on tap with a nice amber color and small white head. Very hoppy and flavorful. The spices of seasons overwhelmed my mouth. Vanilla, pine needles, cedar sap are all in here. Definitely a good seasonal.
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hoppy aroma. Nice and strong. Amber in color with a small amount of white head. Long finish with a bite of hop goodness.
bogdi1 (32) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottled) Beautiful amber color with quite thin head. Strong, (grape)fruity, piney hop aroma typical with american ipas, makes your tastebuds eagerly wait for the first sip!! Spicy and somehow acidic flavor with crisp, long lasting bitter finish. A good beer, but by no means the best example of the style.