SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the 11.2 oz bottle from Beertopia. Pours a coal black color with a deep beige head. This is a pretty beer with its thick long-lasting head. Has a strong aroma of chocolate, coconut, and gin. The flavor is rich. Very rich. Your entire mouth is coated. This has a big dark chocolate taste. Good caramel flavor also appears. This beer has a generous amount of bitterness that is not typically expected in a belgian. The finish registers these hops at mid tongue. The juniper flavor emerges only upon warming. As for the palate, this beer seems to have a lot of heat. It really warms me up. This is what I want a Christmas beer to taste like.
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Bottle from Uto. Mahogany in colour with a couple of small white islands passing themselves off as a head. Musky, Earthy aroma. Notes of malts, bread, walnuts and caramel. Light hint of balsamic vinegar. Taste to match, but exceptionally stronger and spicier. The first beer I’ve really liked from this brewery.
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
in bottle. like the depths of the ocean, no light can penetrate this beer. A delicious balance of hops and malt, spiced with holiday goodness - the taste of winter fruits, cinnamon andn nutmeg. Clearly the beer to drink on the winter solstice.
nick76 (4334) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is fruity, yeasty, and sour. The appearance is hazy purple/brown with a medium foamy head that clumps a little. The flavor is like the aroma but less sour than I was expecting from the aroma. The palate is thin for the style. The aftertaste is bitter. Overall I am not really a big fan but I still think it’s a decent beer.
jtw (1149) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, possibly 300 mL? pours the color of dark-stained cherrywood, with a slight off-white head but no foaming nor much lacing to speak of. immediately the aroma struck me as merlot-soaked-and-sauteed mushrooms, with candy sugar apparent. a sweetish gluhwein aroma and flavor, but more earthy and herbal and spiced flavors. surprisingly astringent finish considering the overall sweetness of the beer - as if tannins from a darkened malt were over-extracted. overall an enjoyable beer and thankfully the alcohol is only a touch noticeable.
smartlung (159) - Valrico, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle from World of Beer - light head, fruity, sugar, and light hops. Moderately spicy and ends with a dry finish. Very enjoyable
vyvvy (5134) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark brown with a rocky sudsy light brown head. The aroma is bready, toffee and spice that reminds me of a quality root beer. There is are also some light Belgium yeast qualities. MEdium body with semi-sharp carbonation. Starts with creamy heavily toasted malt and a berry flavor that I assume is juniper. There is a prevalent sweetness that is clean like cane sugar. The finish has some spicy hops and a mollases type of sweetness. A quality brew worth trying.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a deep ruby amber color with a small tan head. Yeasty and malty aroma with big chocolate notes. Some dark fruit underneath. Smells like a raisinette. Some notes of cola as well. Chocolate and dark fruity flavor in the start. Cocoa powder middle. Yeasty spice and alcohol warmth on the finish.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was interesting. It poured a dark brown cloudy color with virtually no head. The flavor was very rum like with dried dark fruit flavors also. Not a bad beer.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is a spicy dark fruit affair with some distractingly dusty overtones. The body is flat black to brown with a lasting creamy tan head about a thumb thick. Dusty tasting fore has notes of dark malts, burgandy, plums, spice and candy sugar. Finishes dark and fruity, but still dusty/dirty.