wpp83 (64) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark brown that verged on black. A nice light tan head, very small, but lasting through the brew. A roasted maltiness in the nose with a slight hoppy note that was almost not noticable, and a storng spiciness that was very complex. The flavor was fairly sweet, with notes of coffee and cinnamon along with a mildly hoppy botterness around the finish. It was watery at the start of the mouthfeel but ended pretty dry. I liked this one and will in the future attempt a greater depth of sampling.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown, nearly black, short head, some lacing. Sweetened coffee with cream, a dash of cinnamon and a swirl of chocolate - this is like a winter coffee served chilled. Very tasty! thanks, Goldtwins!
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, dark brown in colour with a short lived tan head. Looks more like a soda than a beer. Fragrant aroma of malt, spice, and alcohol. Taste of malt, smoke, caramel, and alcohol. A bit warming and quite tasty. Thank you Secret Santa.
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours dark brown, almost black, large sudsy sand colored head, with spotty lacing. † Cinnamon & nutmeg on the nose, chocolate malt, along with some overcooked vegetables. † Luckily the overcooked vegetables is very soft on the tongue. † Otherwise, slightly chocolatey, spicy, with toasted malts. † Decent body, medium mouthfeel. † Lingering spices on the finish. † Well balanced, not overly done yet spiced enough to carry it from front to back. † Thanks goes out to goldtwins for the trade!
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar. Nice deep brown color with a reddish hue when backlit. Off-white head. Some lacing. Aroma is malt with cinnamon undertones. Nicely done with the spices. Not overbearing but noticable. Medium bodied. Lingering flavor. Alcohol warms throughout the finish and after. Nice beer.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
When I poured this I thought it looked like I was pouring a Coke. Clear dark caramel color with a small quickly diminishing tan head. Aroma was sweet:caramel smokey, spicey, and alcoholic. Drinking it reminded me of a Coke as well. Light to medium body, a little bubbly and acidic. Flavor matches the aroma sweet, caramel, some spices with a medium length finish. Alcohol warming sensations
Hangover (1063) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, almost black pour. Somewhat small tan head. Chocolate, alcohol and smoke in the aroma. Taste is indeed spicy, with cloves, and nutmeg. Also some yeast. Medium bodied. Nice malt presence. Towards the end it becomes a bit sweet and some cinnamon and ginger show up, followed by a pleasant finish with decent hopping. Alcohol is warming, but not at all unpleasant. A great beer for the winter months. I really like this one. Good to sip, and better when it warms.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 Bottle from Skaughty. Thank you, sir. Smells sweet and toasty. Pours dark brown to black. Nice head. Sweet at first, malty with a little alcohol kick in the end. The spice is about middle through and not that overt to my tase buds. The more I drink the more well balanced the alcohol seems though Iím still not getting very strong spice flavors. Itís there just very muted. Itís a very quafable brew all in all.
skaughty (647) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This dark red/black beer pours with a slight, taupe head. The aroma is of all things winter...spice and everything nice. The first hints of sweetness are found in the nose. The flavor picks up with roasted coffee first, then nutmeg, then cloves, then a sweet finish. This really is a sweet stout with a little spice for complexity. Overall, a nice sipper that is warm and friendly, with nothing offensive.
BiggDaddy (7) - Helen, Georgia, USA - OCT 17, 2004 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark, and is spiced to "my pallets" perfection. I still have 3 bottels from 98 and it gets better with age. Cant wait to try 2004 on draught.