Ratman197 (15448) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2016 Heat99 (56) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2001
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was extremely surprised to smell the complex spicy aroma when I cracked open the bottle. It hints of christmas trees, berries, apples, all things sweet ad spicy. I have never smelled anything like it. Excellent aroma….Perfect score! It carried a dark mahogony, almost black color with plentiful lace and medium head. The flavor, like the nose, is very complex. I swear they must have put a Christmas tree in the tun…ornaments and all. Very sweet with flavors of chocolate, sweet nuts, and all spicy things naughty and nice. Slight bitter though smooth finish with a spicy aftertaste.
Magnum bottle 1996 vintage poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting creamy tan head. Aromas of toffee, ginger, allspice, light fruitiness and light sherry. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, ginger, allspice and dried fruit with a smooth dry lingering spiced finish. Much better even at 20 years than most of the newer batches I’ve had! marcus (10736) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 29, 2016
Old notes. Shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a modest tan head and a spiced aroma. There is a hearty fruity dark malt flavor with a dry finish. stephenco (54) - Makati, PHILIPPINES - JAN 18, 2016
330ml bottle from HK Brewcraft. Pours dark brown with beige head. Good spicy holiday ale. tmoreau (4670) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2015
Shared ’99 12 oz. bottle poured to snifters, showing a mahogany hue, with some ruby highlighting at the base, a thin, rapidly reducing layer of light tan head foam, and light spots & strands of lacing. The nose was a malty sweet, Barleywine-like scent, dark fruit as plum & prune, subtle holiday spice, and a touch of lurking alcohol? Light to medium bodied, the taste was similar notes, and also included a slight woody/cedar hint? Texture was a little thinned, and there was almost no effervescence, but that was okay with me. Turned out to be a fairly tasty & successful cellar experiment, with no noticeable oxidation, and just reduced, all around character. Nie (131) - - DEC 18, 2015
Bottle. Strong gingerbread nose, touch of nutmeg. Unsweetened gingerbread with a healthy amount of bitterness.
rouhlas (3885) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - JUN 19, 2015
355ml bottle at home. Dark brown color with beige head. Roasted malty aroma, spicy, caramel, bread. Sweet and light bitter taste like aroma. almost medium oily body with soft carbonation. alexsdad06 (10940) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2015
12 oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99 from notes. Pours a clear dark brown color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma is sweet caramel malts, some maple, generous amounts of holiday spices (especially given the age) and some oxidation. The flavor has more sweet caramel malt, holiday spices, roast, smooth chocolates and some light fruitiness. It surprises me that this ages well being a smaller beer. Travlr (26198) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Draft at Paradiso Dupont. Clear maroon color, thick beige head. Seems over spiced to me, with lots of residual sugar Headbanger (4023) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2014
12oz bottle ’96 Vintage (Old Notes)-Pours a dark brown with a decent sized tan head. Aroma of spices, caramel, and malt. Taste of the same. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and goes down smooth on those cold nights. gschrade (1102) - Collinsville, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2013
I had this at Global Brew. Pours reddish-brown with a brown head. Taste nutmeg, cinnamon, spicy. I thought this was so so. I could drink this again.
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