MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Bottle. Deep, opaque ruby color, frothy tan head, some lacing on my glass. Great spicy aroma, cinnamon and nutmeg notes. Not a lot of body in the flavor, just some more spices and a gentle bitterness. Finish is more of the same. Not a bad winter warmer. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Appearance: Nearly clear, deep crimson coloring, shining ruby bright around the edges, beneath a most attractive cookie-ish cushion of foam, toasted tan, creamy and inviting.
Aroma: yeast and malt are thrust forward, matched well with spices, and sweet toffee-ish, cookie-and-cake associations. Sweetness, but not cloying. gingerbread, raw cookie dough, cinnamon, ...more will enter my mind, as we turn to the Taste: Full in the mouth, massive, malty mouthfeel, very tasty and smooth. Finish hangs in there for a while, leaving traces of ginger and clove, creamy and just about lush. Thoruoghly satifying texture, richly rewarding flavor. I’m usually pretty content with this beer from year to year, even overjoyed at times, but this one will probably get more purchase from me than usual. Definitely the best winter warmer I’ve had so far this season, and it could still be beaten, but I doubt it. Really does the trick!
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 26, 2004
Deep rich amber brown with thick mocha colored head. Gingerbread cinnamon nose with light malt and hops. Med weight with light sweetness and sour/dry finish. Ginger, molasses, malt, cinnamon, chocolate, and more on the palate. A little weak on the finish but overall a great beer. BeerandBlues2 (13322) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Pours dark nut brown with a small, thick and frothy tan head. Some fair lacing. Aromas of roasted malt with a sweet hop nose; raisins and plums as well. Roasted malt flavor, a bit like toast, also like a dark chocolate or coffee without the bitterness. Warm and fizzy palate. bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Draft. Very dark mahogony color with almost no head. Spicey, figgy, fruity, roasty flavors. Smooth tasting with some complexity. Spicey aroma. I remember pine in the year before, but not here. Very drinkable.
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 26, 2004
dark brown, with a spruce/cappucino nose & flavor. extremely drinkable. my wife even liked it. very enjoyable Frank (4194) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Dark with a brownish garnet hue. Head lasts at a quarter inch and has sort of a greyish tinge. Christmas spice in the nose a long with a mild almost Belgian-style yeasty character. It’s a bit thin bodied which leaves the spicy molasses and dried fruitsweetness unsupported. Notes of dark chocolate and a good dose of bitterness and maybe a twinge of astringency come out in the finish. Better than the 2002 but not as smooth as the 2003. rickgordon (3878) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2004
Very dark(ruby?) brow. Lavendel, menthol and licorice nose. Herbal flavour is the first impression, but this is a sammelsurium of flavours. Lavendel, licorice, cinnamon, dried fruits...to name a few. There might be a small-ish astringent bitterness, which I don’t fancy. Light to medium bodied. rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2004
Dark amber color, nice creamy brown head. Starts with a very floral aroma with lavendel, but then turns into quite alot of maltiness, and notes of glutwien with ginger coming through.
Flavor also brings some lavendel, and is also malty and somewhat spicy. Some dried fruits is in there as well along with ginger. Complex and interesting. Bitter finish with ginger notes. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2004
2004 - Not sure of any tree being used in this one as there are not any notations anywhere on the bottle that states so. But I’m sure something is in there as the smell has good hints to a fir as does the taste, but not nearly like the past OSA’s.
Ruby crimson lit within a dark brown maze; thin spongey, firm, and delicate dark tan cap. Maintains a good collar and the lacing starts in glaring sheets to break up fastly into big globuels.
Aroma is calming, soothing, and cleaner then the others in this vertical tasting of 2000, 01, 03, & 04. Dark ginger spice, roasty sweet malts, chocolate bread, slight pinewood fir notes whisps underneath.
Flavors are seemingly packed with much more chocolate then the others, and I do like it. Much more imploring and approachable in that manner. The spices aren’t over the top as some years past when fresh. Spices of ginger, cinnamon, and fir are nicely meshed inbetween a malty roast and sweet chocolate cake drizzled with caramel. Ends delicately with an airy mist of sweetness then builds with some chewy roast and spice hinderenences. Swell finish.
Feel is smooth and calmingly slick with a sticky finishing over a sweet laden intangled spicy layered goodness. About medium bodyish and well-crafted.
Not sure what it is about this one right now, but man it goes down fast and easy. Especially against the other vintages. The 2001 still stands on its own as my favorite here, but the 04 is the drinker among the bunch. The spices now seem tame so as it ages the chocolate and roasty sweetness may subside letting those spices come through more. Time will tell...