jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Okay the color of the picture threw me off. A nice brown/amber color. Smells of bananas. A nice malty flavor with a hint of cherry.
dondk (28) - leetsdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber pour with little head. Variety of aromas and thin bodied. I found the after taste not to my liking, but it does linger with you for some time
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from 2005. Amber color with very little head. Smell had cherry, chocolate, honey and Belgian yeast. There were certainly elements of a tripel in the taste. Mouthfeel had a lot of cherry and was extremely smooth. The alcohol is hidden so well. Nice brew.
lamas (1368) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of goldtwins. From 2004, I believe. A hazy amber pour with a fizzy, small light-tan head. Crisp aroma of honey, cherries, candied sugar, alcohol and some wheatiness. Thin-bodied. A sweet honey body with some sour lemons and tangy cherries around the edges. A big warming alcohol finish. Hints of spices. A little medicinal and cough syrupy without the thick, syrupy body.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - SEP 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bonus from goldtwins
Pours an almost still reddish copper color. Tons of honey aromas. Sweet with cherry and honey flavors. Just a bit of toffee as well. Alcohol is present but really makes itself known in the aftertaste. I’d love to try a two year old bottle of this.
ElGaucho (2229) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at MilkmanDan’s tasting on 9/10/05. Subtle malty aroma with some smoke notes and dark fruit. Crystal clear amber body. Full flavored with a high alcohol profile. Caramel and toffee notes. Very nice and warming. Some smokiness carries forward to the palate. Doesn’t really taste like a winter brew, but you gotta like their label.
JK (4587) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very Belgian like; I would guess from the yeast. Powerful, sweet fruit flavors; a rather sweet beer. Some alcohol in the aroma. Very good.
jeckenroth (121) - Reading, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 7, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bronze to reddish brown with a medium white head. Smeels like cherries and hoensy and tastes like cherries and honey. The cherries taste sickeningly sweet sometimes. SOlid body, with medium texture and light carbonation. The finish is sweet then mettallic. I don’t like this style much and this is not one of the best I have had.
EKGoldings (541) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2007 Like a few others, I would not have guessed the abv from the beer’s taste. I drank 2 of them quicly after mowing the lawn, and after wondering what kicked me, I looked it up. I just knocked back 4 beers worth of alcohol in 10 minutes. Yoo hoo, I ran out in the street looking for some mischief. Beer has quite a complex flavor with the cherries predominant, but not so strong that you feel like you’re drinking cough syrup. Definitely a few cases will be stored for long winter nights sitting in front of a fire. I haven’t enjoyed the versions from 06 or 05 quite as much as the earlier release(s). A shame, I liked this a lot wen it first was released.
Rballs01 (280) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This winter brew has some impact when it is released. The color is impressive. It pours a brilliant cherry/orange. Glows in its glass. Smells of sweet honey. Definitly packs a punch. Warms the insides with every sip. The mouthfeel is rather syrupy. This beer should be sipped and savored. Drink a stocking full of this Elf elixer and you’ll swear you had a conversation with Santa’s refection in the toilet.