haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, 2004 vintage. Rich copper with a silky white head. Familiar sharp hop nose tempered by creamy spice.This goes down like a sorbet; one minute you have this hops, vanilla, spicy but subtle and then it’s gone, evaporating in a tingle. As I was only charged 79p in my local supermarket for this I’m going back down there to get some more before they get the price right.
TBone (15918) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, 2004 vintage (BB 10/2005)
Dark copper brown, good creamy brown head. Aroma has aromatic American hops. Flavor has more hops! Mouthfeel is carbonated and soft. Balanced IPA.
sayravai (4708) - 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 (3119) - 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 (7030) - 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 (13253) - 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.