BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 750mL Bottle: Auburn mahogany, thick puffy belgian head, retentive and sticky. Large bubbles, not small. The smell is like red licorice and pixy sticks, raspberry extract, spruce and lots of pumpkin. The flavor is plumy with waxy notes and some perfumy watermelon. Finishes acidic, highly carbonated and medicinal, caustic in nature. Weird hops perhaps, but it works to the drinkabiliy. Thanks to kramer17801 for this.
Cletus (6251) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 bottle courtesy of kramer17801. Pours dark red with a huge tan creamy lasting head.Smells soapy with hay, grass, yogurt, some fruit and lots of spices. Tastes nice and fruity with nuts, nutmeg, cinnamon and some gingerbread. Mouthfeel isnít as chewy as Iíd hoped, but otherwise a great Christmas brew.
KUEric (867) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2006 Corked 750ml Bottle (from Kraemer17#s-like I told him my #200 rating) the 2005 vintage: Pours a deep reddish amber color, almost ruby dark. With a very thick foamy off white head. The aroma is of nutmeg, coffee, and various spices. The taste is of coffee, dates, nutmeg, cinnamon, green apples, ginger, clove, and banana. The palate is nice, nothing specatcular but creamy and smooth while having some body (though far from thick).
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
"Pour a dark amber color, with a nice foamy head. Aroma was just like christmas, nutmeg and cinnamon. Flavor was good slight hoppyness with spices. Good beer."
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very nice suprise bottle (less than 20 ratings at that) from kramer17801, in our first trade. Thanks again Jason! Slightly hazy mahogany with off white head full off tiny bubbles. Huge spicey aroma up front, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger. Nice caramel malt background. Flavor is all nutmeg, and nothing else, finishes very dry, and really hurts the score. Still appreciate the chance to try it though.
Pailhead (4242) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle (2005): Courtesy of Styles. Aroma is rather weak with only light hints of ginger. Pours a transparent garnet with a small off-white head. Light ginger flavors up front with a pretty big acidic finish. The acidity mixed with the lively carbonation stings the mouth and makes it hard to detect anything after the light ginger beginning. Maybe some light hints of orange peel in the finish.
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a corked and caged 750ml bottle for the 2005 holiday. First I had to use a corkscrew to get the cork out it was in there soo tight! I was very afraid the cork would crumble into the bottle, but thankfully, that didnít happen. Smelled like Christmas! A little piney lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. Stunning fluffy 3-4 finger head that lingered after a pretty tame pour. Taste was almost exactly as it smelled, full of christmas trees and spices. Surprisingly light and easy to drink, Iím sorry I had to share this one! Thankfully, the brewery is less than 30 min from my house :>)
rajendra82 (913) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Received as part of Secret Santa 2005 from BA Riggsy, this 750 ml. handsome bomber was corked and caged, with a label appropriate for Christmas. Uncorking it revealed a first one in this king of packaging with the beer filled all the way to the top, and a moist cork. I guess they must have wanted to avoid oxidation at all costs.
I liked the way the beer looked in the tumbler, with rapidly formed tall foamy head capping a orange-amber colored clear and fizzy body. The aroma was very spicy and pretty much screamed out Merry Christmas. Ginger, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Clove were present in incredibly strong quantity in the nose. Since I am generally a fan of these smells, I enjoyed the experience quite a bit. If you are one of those spice haters, you might find the smell over the top.
The taste was dominated by the spices as anticipated with some sweetness provided by the sweet malts. The spices made this a very drying beer on the palette. There was faint orange peel citric note in the end. The body did not feel very thick, and at 6.5% ABV the alcohol was a non-factor in the taste. The floral and spicy taste got a bit trying by the time I reached the end of the bomber. It would have been better packaged in 12 oz. bottles, where the palette would not get fatigued. Not a bad beer, but a little more depth in terms of malt or hops would have helped.
raymow (767) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks like Iím the 1st to rate the 2005 version. Had a growler from the 6-Pack Store in Phila. It was better than expected. Nice balance of clove, ginger, cinammon, etc. - and not too sweet. Iíd like to try it again before the season is over. Recommended.
TomDecapolis (4340) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this on tap at the Royersford location during their Christmas in July. Poured a clear darker amber with a nice tan head that disappeared instantly. Aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg. Malty flavor with a nice cinnamon feel. A very nice holiday brew. Some hops come through at the end. This was a nice brew, one I will try to get in a growler to go during Christmas this year.