heemer77 (5159) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 2004 bottle. Dark brown body. The aroma has slightly ginger and cinnamon. The taste was light carrots and some ginger. There was also a finish of sweet cinnamon. Decent.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
burnt orange, carmel, not too much spices in this one. it was ok... kinda thin and bland.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finally entering review from old notes from Oct 04. 04 Vintage. Very dark brown/black pour, opaque. Aroma is nice spiced and fruity - prunes. Nice malty flavor, with hints of vanilla and chocolate and some cinnemon. Alcohol was decently hidden. I hope my bottles age well.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an opaque black with a thin brown head, no lace. Smells fruity and roasted malt. Lots of spice, nutmeg, clove and allspice. Roasted coffee finish and aftertaste.
Not great. Kind of like Anchor Christmas gone wrong. Too much spice. Lackluster.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 bottle....This beer pours a black/brownish mix with a beautiful and I cant emphasize that enough...BEAUTIFUL creamy soft, silky head with massive amounts of carressing lacing. The aroma is strange...cola-like at best with bargs rootbeer with orange coming to mind. Hints of cinnamon and vanilla are prevalent with undernotes of orange peel, oak, cinder, chocolate, and well cola!!! The mouthfeel is full bodied and once again cola-like! Heavy carbonation, tongue coating chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, oak, coffee, and oranges. Incredibly tough beer to figure out. Relatively sweet finish with some bittering hops...wonderful creamy mouthfeel. If i could give a 6 out of 5 for appearance, this would get it! Chocolate and warming..oranges and citrus, hints of raisins..spicey warming finish. I will need more of these beers to help figure this beer out....but my initial interpreatation is that this is awesome!
sloth (2609) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Captcougar delivered this one, thanks Tom! Poured a small light brown head with fair retention and no lace. Clear mahogany colored brew. Spicey nose, cinnamon. Light/medium body. Lightly spiced flavor, cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of vanilla. Finish is fairly dry with a hint of chocolate.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2007 2004 -Pours a deep brown hue with a halo of a tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, honey with a light bitterness. Flavors of spcies, roasted nuts, with porter like flavors yet with a brisker, slightly drier finish. 7/5/8/4/15
2006- Pours a deep deep brown hue with a hint of amber with a light tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, caramel, spice (cinnamon). Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light carbonation which melds well with the flavors. The flavors are of ,again, spices., brown sugar, a mellow sweetness that lingers but is not overcloying. For the strength, this is still a nice brew.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 bottle. Thanks for the Captian for this brew. Very dark brown body with a creamy tan head. Spicy/fruity aroma: peach, raspberry, cinnamon backed by chocolate cookie malt. More of the same in the flavor except that the mellow citrus rind hops come out to play. Renious pine in the finish. The beer is well put-together but the flavors donít turn my crank.
asheft (2686) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque, reddish brown with a tan head that forms good lacing with concentric rings of two tones. Moderately roasty aroma with a "raw" chocolate malt character, sherry and something I donít like (band-aid?). The aroma was not that inviting, but the chocolatey, roasty malt flavour, without the burnt malt bitterness of a stout, and perfectly balanced flavouring hops that only accentuate fruity undertones make this beer a real winner. Fruit notes: kiwi, strawberry. Perfect bitterness level. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. I would have this one again for sure.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mild chocolate/roasted malt aroma with some nutty sweetness and mild dark fruit tones. Dark brown body with tan head that recedes to lasting cover. Fairly sweet up front with a light nuttiness and some dark pit fruit flavours. Roasted/chocolate malts emerge towards the finish with just enough hop bitterness to take the edge off the sweetness. Medium-full body with low carbonation make this one a nice winter sipper, for all those cold Georgia evenings! Bottle (trade Nov. 2004) enjoyed with asheft and Pitpit. Thanks, goldtwins!