RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decent winter warmer with strong alcohol flavor in the finish. Roasted caramel malts, molasses, honey, and fruits. A yeasty tartness in the finish as well.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep crimson color, retentive puffy/creamy tan head with thick sheets of lacing. Nose of sappy sweet hops and spicy malts; notes of grapenuts, licorice, pine, toasted fennel and light alcohol. The flavor is clean and balanced with a light acidity and moderate creamy carbonation. Nice plum flavor, molasses with a chewy maltiness like pancake or biscuits. The finish is quick and pleasing. Surprisingly drinkable for 9%. Clean belgian yeast and specialty malts blend with spices to create this tasty holiday ale.
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a muddy brownish color, with a off white head. A very floral aroma with hints of figs, plums, and bread yeast. On tasting this beer I noticed almost all the aromas carry over into the taste, which is a rather good thing. Pretty balanced with the alcohol, nothing to apparent. Very full bodied and a right tasty brew.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a light but opaque brown with a creamy tan head. It’s got a floral hop aroma that dominates the sweet malt and plum and peach scents beneath. The spicing of this ale becomes more noticeable as you drink, neatly complementing the fruitful caramel taste. Solid, continual carbonation. The alcohol says its howdy in the finish and in the blood.
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pfr (121) - København, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
75 cl Bottel
Color - Redbrown
Head - Nice Beige
Aroma - Flower, Fruit, Sweet
Flavor - Sweet, Complex
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - DEC 7, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
well carbonated, chocolate colored brew. malty nose, chewy and complex. a standard christmas brew.
QAWSBeerGuy (15) - Teaneck, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Nice, big head that lasts a while. Carbonation is solid with a flavor that isn’t overwhelming for a 9% abv. Mid-brown color and a floral aroma that fulfills its promise as a tasty brew. Very enjoyable.
tennisjoel (1209) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from wawood beer tasting. Peachy, chocolate aroma. Typical Belgian. Pretty good flavor. I like it.
ElGaucho (2286) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this sitting in my fridge for roughly a year from a tasting I had last winter. I didn’t realize I hadn’t rated it. Caramel aroma with some spice, molasses and peach. Reddish brown body, murky, with an off-white head. Wonderfully well balanced. Alcohol well hidden. Pepper notes at mid glass. Very enjoyable.
PorterCall (44) - (Formerly UK), DENMARK - DEC 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2006 Red brown colour, sweet aroma (caramel?), slightly hoppy bread taste, little spicy, toffee present, not too heavily bodied, lovely aftertaste. A pleasant winter brew. Bought at Beer Paradise/Estate Wine in Holstebro, Denmark.