DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - DEC 27, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dried and ripe fruit, some carbonation, lots of raisiny rich mouth coating flavor. Good ale for the winter months, good ale period!
jason (1677) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Cloudy brown body with big head. Aroma is light spices, bubblegum, dried fruit. Flavor is the same, very carbonated. This reminded me of a belgian version of OSA.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
beautiful reddish appearance that is perfectly appropriate for the holiday season. large whitish head. nose is malty, smelling of sweet wort. flavor is very unique with a strong malt component that as a cherry component that almost tastes like a cherry flavored candy-cane. a very appropriate holiday brew, at other times of the year the cherry aftertaste might be a drawback, but not at Christmastime
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown and mahogany color with big, creamy tan head. Aroma of malts, dried fruits, some notes of chocolate and cocoa.Flavor was big on malts, lightly spiced, mildly sweet and a bit of a dry finish. Great blend of sweet malts and some hop bite in the background to make a really delicious Christmas brew. One of the best in its style.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml corked bottle served in a Blvd. Smokestack Chalice. Cellar temp.
Poured a deep brown/ruby. Medium bubbled off white head. Lively carbonation. Spicy aroma with a little alcohol. Hint of a musty smell.
Full bodied brew. Lots of sweet malt and raisins. Slight hop bite in the middle. Finishes with a little banana and clove.
Drank this one after everyone left on Christmas Day. Good way to finish the holidays.
CanIHave4Beers (3198) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2009 Drank after Christmas midnight mass, seemed like the most appropriate occasion.
The bottle opened with a bang. The beer poured beautifully into a Trappist chalice with a huge tan head. The beer was a deep dark brown. The nose was slightly floral, with slight fruitiness, and yeast.
This is, without surprise a fantastically malty beer. That is not to say however that it was overly sweet, which it was not. The beer has a very nice balance of sweet and dry flavors with a little hint of spice, perhaps from hops. There is a slight fruitiness here, but certainly nothing overwhelming. It is a very nice beer, fairly average for itís style, but no less very well made.
radagast83 (4445) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. This beer pours a thick dark brown color with a thick lasting tan head. The beer has a very caramel and dark fruit with a fantastic array of holiday spices. Beer is heavy on the malts. The flavor is caramel, fruit, and a great taste of "Christmas". The alcohol is noticeable, though it does not detract since itís not too overpowering even at 10%.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2008 Bottle from OíBrienís in San Diego. Brew poured a deep, dark brown with a medium sized, fizzy off white head. Nose had hints of raisins, plums, and other dark fruits. This beer needed to sit for a while, it was a bit rough on the take off. After about a 1/2 hour, a lot of bold fruit flavors started to appear. Ended up being a great brew!
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2007 Rating #400
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a big semi creamy tan head. Aroma has a dusty yeasty character with hints of dark sweet fruits and some caramel. Flavor is malty, warm, hints of candied fruits, and lightly spicy. Finish comes in short, a little earthy, and drying things out with a lightly spicy finish. Long alcohol burn. Itís good stuff and I enjoyed sharing this one with my friend today on Christmas.
ChainGangGuy (4353) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a brown body with a large, foamy khaki-colored head. Quite effervescent!
Smell: A nice mix of pitted fruits with notes of cocoa powder, holiday-minded spices, cracked black pepper, and yeast.
Taste: Juicy dark fruits with a hearty dusting of cocoa and tossed with a mix of sugar íní spice. Slight bready yeastiness. Just of earthy bitterness. Semi-dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated. Warming alcohol presence.
Drinkability: A fine holiday sipper (regardless of the 10% ABV) that made for pleasant Christmas Day drinking.