GearHead (32) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2003
Good golden pour. Nice spice smell. It reminds me of Chrismas. The smell of nutmeg, brandy, clove, is a great mixture. Remnants of a good shiraz. There is a candy flavor mixed in there somewhere, all in all a good beer for the season. StewardofGondor (1933) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2005
2004 vintage bomber, courtesy of kujo9 - thanks, Mike! Beautiful, unfiltered muddy rust color with a separated saliva spackle for the head and lovely dispersing, cascading lace. Aroma continues the momentum, with confectionary chocolate powder sifted and stirred with cinnamon and nutmeg. Honey graham crackers pursue the spice wafts, along with cloves, brown sugar, and chocolate covered bananas that have been frozen and now thaw on the kitchen island. Plums tossed with brown sugar butter crumble bridge the nose to the mouth. Earth laden cinnamon sticks and chalky, solidified chocolate powder add a sweet, humbled dimension. Spicing synapse of anise, pepper and mild black licorice evoke begotten memories of a dark Nicaraguan cigar wrapper. Brandied figs stuffed with Good & Plenties are an ever present stagehand. Heavy, solid weight on the palate, like a soaked sponge set in the mouth while fast asleep. Lord knows this is very well balanced with a year of age under its belt, and I’d like to see it in all life stages and evolutions. Walnut refuse, like chewing on the discarded shells, brings up the wagon and is moderately met with raisins glazed with marsala in the finish. Guess who’s picking up more Buckeye when he’s in Ohio over the New Year? emerson430 (95) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2007
A wonderful winter warmer ... alliteration? A stellar Belgian style Dubble that teases with clove and candy flavors. Just the right amount of hop balance and yet retains the strong malt flavors. This beerr only develops over time. Highly recommend!!! malrubius (3084) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Tap at beer engine. Brown with ring. Spicy yeasty dark fruit aroma. Caramel spice bubblegum with dark fruit sweetness mild herbal bitterness soft mouth feel excellent
TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2003 Pours with a large/small bubble head that turns rocky. Aroma is cottage cheese and a very subtle hint of perfumey hops. Slightly medicinal, doughy; vinous, slight hint of caramel and nuts. Highly carbonated and unique. Masterful.
Drew (2470) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2003 2002 - poured brown and thick - couldn't see thru it. Spicy - ginger/clove and especially cinamon. Unique flavors, considering there's no actual spices in the brew. Medium sweet malts with some unusual graininess that adds a nice texture, dry finish with some candy sugar. Dogbrick (14309) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2002
2002 Bottle: Thanks to alcfron to sending me 22oz of holiday joy! First of all this is the first ever beer I have had that had a wax-sealed top. How cool is that? Dark copper color with a thin light beige head. Sediment left in the bottle. I am flabbergasted that they add no spice to this beer, as the aroma is a spiced mix of clove, corriander and burnt orange. Both the flavor and texture are a rich blend of sweet malt, spices, and fruits. This is a great addition to the grand tradition of holiday brews. loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAR 4, 2003
First of all, thanks to alcfron for this unexpected bottle. The aroma was of clove, raisins, and malty sweetness. The flavor was pure Belgian goodness...raisins...clove...sugar...alcohol. the finish left me tasting a nice wine...grapes for sure. Beautiful presentation with a small, thick off-white head, and a glowing reddish brown body. Wonderful Belgian style ale. cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Honeyed raisin aroma. Bread pudding, cinnamon, Grape-Nuts and smoky flavors. Fairly carbonated. Really enjoyed the fact that yeast was created to produce flavors rather than spices. Darkover (1545) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Hazy amber color with a big beige head. Aroma of spices and some fruit. Flavor of spices, some tart fruits and rich malt.