TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a near-impenetrable reddish-brown into a snifter. Decent amount of off-white head. Aroma of hops, hops, hops, and more hops. Little bit of pine and some floral sweetness. Considering the nose, I was expecting this to be a disappointingly over-hopped brew. Much to my joy, it had a decent amount of malty sweetness to balance it out. Medium carbonation that sits well in your mouth. Surprisingly drinkable with a pleasant sweet floral finish. Not too complex, but surprisingly fairly well balanced. Not too shabby.
travita (3692) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The smell is caramel, sweet, spices, and decent. The look is clear, dark amber, with an off white head. The taste is malts, sweet, and caramel.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a deep red/amber with beige head. Aroma of caramel and piney hops, some spiciness. Flavor is the same as aroma. Mouth feel is medium body with high carbonation. Overall, itís a pretty tasty beer.
angrypirate06 (1374) - Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Clear ruby pour. Aroma is caramel, citrus, hops. Flavor is caramel, brown sugar, soap, grass and astringent.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, brown color with candied orange peel aroma, sweet herbal and caramel flavor with light smokey finish
Cavie (3671) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye. Dark copper color. Smells spicy. Sweet winter pine and potpourri. Taste has a fair amount of spice with the hot finish of spice. Dries a bit on the finish but altogether not bad.
BMan1113VR (7787) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a tan head and a brown body. Aroma of raisins, chamomile tea and honey. Must have been a old bottle as there were not a large amount of hops...at all. Taste was sweet with caramel and a bit tea like. Medium bubbles.
sebletitje (6326) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of wasatch
pours light brown, frothy beige head.
Aroma is hoppy, caramel malts, with nice light roast.
Flavor, same as aroma, profile leans toward a good roasted malts, chocolate and some spices, grainy and bready mouthfeeel. Finish with light hops, some chocolate.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours a clear dark amber with an average off white head. The head seems to last well and laces nicely. Has a good hoppy aroma, with malts, herbs, spice and some fruits. Has a good carbonation. The flavor is soft but decent. Very refreshing. Blended well and the alcohol is barely noticed. Has a watery texture. The finish is pretty good and the aftertaste isnít half bad. Overall a fairly tasty beer.
ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with an half inch of off-white foam resting on top.
Smell: Toasted dark breads and caramels wrapped in notes of citrus, dehydrated herbs, and mild spice.
Taste: Toasted dark bread crusts and grains smoothed out with a modest caramel sweetness. Lightly nutty. Citrusy, herbaceous hops with a moderate amount of bitterness. Subtle hint from the alcohol. A touch of spiciness, though it doesnít seem to be due to an actual dose of Christmastime spices. Drying, lightly bitter, lightly spicy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Pretty good! A reasonably bold winter brew without being too heavy, ridiculously spiced, or having a laborious ABV.