hopscotch (8362) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2006 Bottle... This beer rocks!...The aroma is heavily malty and spicy. Notes of maple syrup, dark fruit, milk chocolate, alcohol, nutmeg and cinnamon.
A great, sparkling clear mahogany beer. Creamy off-white head with decent lacing. Mostly diminishing.
Malty and sticky sweet with burst of nutmeg, alcohol and cinnamon up front. Well-balanced on the backside with light bitterness, milk chocolate and more spice.
Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. Lengthy, lightly bitter-sweet, spicy finish. World class winter warmer!
AndrewKoransky (30) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2002 - A bit too sweet for my tastes, but it was balanced farily well with nice bitter hops. Wasnít very spicy for a christmas ale. And what do ya know... no headache like the Sweetwater 420 gives me and my wife. Nod bad, but not great.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cherry red color with decent head. Nice spicy, ginger aroma....taste followed suit...a real wintertime treat.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 8, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red-amber appearance. Very nice ginger-cinnamon aroma and taste. Quite flavorful but not too dominating; I love Christmas ales like this! Nice smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel, excellent finish. A winner.
TheBeerCollector (631) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2004 2002- I saved this one for my 200th rating and was not disappointed. Pours nice and dark with a lasting head. Flavor is malty with a hint of spiciness. The flavors intensify as the beer warms. Finishes nice and smooth.
2004-Another great Sweetwater beer.
aracauna (2920) - Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2003 11/6/03 (review of aged sample): I stuck a couple of bottles of this down in the basement for a year to age. They aged surprisingly well. The spice flavor that was far too strong when fresh has subdued nicely, making this a much more drinkable beer and also allowed more fruitiness come out. Much more interesting now.
11/12/02: Dark, dark ruby, almost black. Light khaki head lasts a while. The aroma is brown sugar, pumpernickel bread and toffee. The flavor is really earthy and woody. Kind of like the smell of a forest after a rain with the rottings logs and new growth. What I'm assuming is the mace comes on a little strong while the cinammon is faint enough that I don't notice it. The alcohol tickles around the edges of the palate but is covered fairly well.
MrRomero (1973) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 9, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 Festive- Went to the bottling party with Aracauna. All you can drink Festive Ale. Helped bottle a little. Worked up a sweat, drank a few cups. Got a nice buzz. Red/Brown ale, nice head, good flavor with a little spice and malt.
mmmbeerUGA99 (4) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 26, 2002 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer warms my soul. Spicy, with a hint of cinnamon, this beer is a class act. The giant bottle it comes in only sweetens the deal.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Somewhere between a porter gone mad and a stout loosing weight. A nice smooth roasted brew easily drinkable with some pepery spiciness.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 8, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2001 bottle drank on 5/8/02: A very unique brew. Dark red/brown color (depending on how the light hits it). Big malt/wine/alcohol nose. Woody taste, but different than the nose suggests, fizzy palate. Some spicy flavor in there as well. At first I was thinking nutmeg, but now Iím not sure. Thanks belgianhomebrew!