CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nearly opaque dark mahogany with a thin-lacing tan head. Aroma of lightly sweet dark caramel malt and a hint of cinnamon toward a semi-tart finish. Body starts with a sweet dark caramel and spiced finish with light fruity tartness throughout. Finishes thinner and semi-tart with a hint of doughy yeast. Interesting, but I’d like it without the tartness.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with an off-white head. Slight dark fruit, caramel aroma. Berry fruit and caramel flavor with some spice. Medium body. Fruit, caramel, spice, andbready malts linger.
j12601 (6603) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Pours a clearish brown with a thin white head. Malt on the nose, toast and caramel, a bit of spice. Medium bodied, sweet malt and toast. Gentle spices on the finish, malt and toast, a little bitterness.
marcus (6538) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Nugget Market Woodland. Pours black with a thick beige head and a strong spicy aroma. There is a hearty roasted malt flavor heavily laced with multiple spices. There is a sweet chocolate finish. The overall flavor is a bit disjointed but not entirely unpleasant.
Plovmand (6501) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark reddish brown with a small off white head. Very fruity aroma with some spices. Sweet fruity flavour with lots of malt, caramel, light chocolate and dark fruit. Quite vinous.
douglas88 (6053) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to footbalm. Pours a dark brown/red color with a large off-white head. A spicy nose; some pepper and allspice. The flavor is nice; sweet and spicy, some light heat from the peppers, caramel and a slight tartness. Nice. The peppers are light but there.
blutt59 (6021) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, amber color with short head, aroma of Christmas spices, flavors of juniper berries, clove, belgian sugar, some chocolate, finishes a little thin
swoopjones (5927) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, Rare Beer Club. caramel colored pour. Lots of Christmas spice, cinnamon, allspice, some notes of spruce & heather. Light chocolate notes. Mexican Chocolate cake. Decent
AmEricanbrew (5850) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear mahogany color with tan head. Mint, holiday spice, caramel, chocolate aromas. Medium body. Nice toffee, light fruit, holiday spice, mint flavors--good.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Stone. Dark brown with a nice off white head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, and roasted malt. The flavor has sweet chocolate, the cinnamon and nutmeg, and some roast. A little bit of dark fruit appears as it warms. Creamy mouthfeel with a rather clean finish with just a touch of spice lingering. One of the best winter ales I have enjoyed this season.