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 (4379) - 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 (1153) - 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 (5863) - 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.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of dark caramel and coffee. Very malty with lots of toffee, some tobacco and dry dark fruits flavours. A bit vinous. Smooth but not thin body. 8.3% well hidden. A good beer but not the Winter King, to me that’s still the hot chocolate.
madsberg (11369) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Dark brownish coloured. LIght brown head. Plums, alcohol and some brown sugary sweetness. Flavour of brown sugar, some caramel, light spice and alcohol. Medium bodied. Ends on a plummy alcohol note.