hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Murky prune-colored ale with a large, fluffy, off-white head. Long-lasting tight retention. Boozy, dark fruits (I mean all of them) aroma and flavor with some tawny port thrown in. High alcohol and hop bitterness. Did I say boozy?... HOT! Full-bodied with fizzy carbonation. Alcoholic, sweet dark fruit, almost-salty finish.
CheersMate (1296) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Merry Christmas to all of my fellow beer enthusiasts! Just want to give my worthless opinion about this holiday brew. The beer is lovely. Has a nice foamy head(maybe a bit too much but it doesnít hide away too fast), and the caramel brown is awfully nice. Very fruity smell with raisins, reminds me of dark fruits. I also smell figs, and malts. The smell is also accompanied by a strong aroma of alcohol. I was expecting this due to the fact that the Abt 12 has this characteristic. VERY CARBONATED, it sizzles on my tongue. Too carbonated. The flavors are what you would expect, fruit; the raisins and the plums are quite pleasant. The malt smoothness is there and the yeast is slightly noticeable. The beer is great but the carbonation is ridiculous.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Great aroma. Lots and lots of fruit and yeast. Strawberries, figs, plums, raisins and some dry and quite spicy yeast. Pours opaque brown with deep amber highlights. Big, creamy, frothy head that takes forever to subside. Flavor is mostly dry with touches of the figgy sweetness and dry yeast. Medium bodied with mouth filling carbonation.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours opaque, dark brown w/ a tall, semi creamy froth that takes itís sweet time to reduce. Superb head retention w/ full, sticky lacework. Brisk aromas of ripe berries, spicey bitters, and bubblegum. Full nectar with the kind of carbonation that needs to be coaxed out but lending to a rich and creamy texture. This brew is intense, forthright, and generous. The flavors come at me like machinegun fire. Bright spicey clove, cinnamon, and licorice. Ripe melon, plumb, blackcherry, rasin, nectarine, rock minerals, and creamy butter. A moderate hop profile brings out the spicey character but never overdoing it. The big malty backbone supports the hive allowing everyone to be heard. Itís only mildly sweet and very well balanced. This brew says Happy Christmas everytime I take a sip. It really opens up after a bit of warming. Another masterpiece by this magnificent brewery. Highly recommnded.
mjg74 (2428) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2008 Bottle from Whole Foods. Pours a dark dirty amber color. Slightly sweet spiced aroma at first. A little more sniffing reveals a slightly earth saison quality. Spiced dark fruity flavors. Long lasting head. Pretty rich, although the alcohol is pretty noticeable. Pretty enjoyable.
chicagobears (381) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a mahogany brown with 2 finger beige head. Complex aromas of nutmeg, banana bread, bubblegum, raisins, and spices. Has Christmas-esque taste to it with its sweet spices. Quite an array of flavors. Has the traditional St. Bernard yeast character to it with some added flare. Sticky sweet.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Rich mahogony with a beige head. Big plum and dark fruit aroma with lots of malt and brown sugar. Rich malt and caramel with dark fruit (plum/date) and lots of earthy spice. Malts linger with fruit (and a bit of banana). Nice complexity. Medium body. Carbonation a bit high. Mlats come through more and more. Very nice.
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark dark brown with some murky orange highlights and a medium sized off white head. Aroma is malty and caramel with a very distinct strong banana aroma. Flavor is much of the same. Somewhat sweet and chocolate and carmel notes with a hint of spice and lots more of the banana phenolic flavors. Creamy body. Pretty good but hard to drink more than just a glass of this. Maybe just cause i dont dig the banana so much.
jrob21 (2170) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy amber color and big, i mean big white head. Well spiced and reminds me of past times. Aroma is floral and fruity with some red fruits in there like cherry. Flavor is deeper, more like licorice and brown sugar. You are left with this faint sweetness like you just ate too many christmas cookies. Nice seasonal here.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iíve never seen a head this huge. Itís large-bubbled, beige, and five inches tall and it sits atop an inch and a half of deep brown-red beer. Fortunately, the thing doesnít last too long. As the bubbles pop they release a cola-ish aroma which covers up the huge spice notes I got upon opening the bottle. When theyíre done, those spices come back--nutmeg and cinnamon with a touch of cardamom. Thereís also a good deal of dark fruit and pronounced brown sugar notes. Good cheer abounds. The flavor is full of spicy yeast and sweet bread, with light candi sugar and cardamom. Alcohol kicks in on the back end, mixing with the spice a bit unpleasantly. The finish calms down with brown sugar. Very good.