jrob21 (3875) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Pours a deep auburn almost brown color. Smells a little sweet and hoppy. This could be good. Aww crap, it hits the mouth with an acidic, alcoholic feel. Finishes well though with a nice malty, mouth coating. RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Intensely sweet and somewhat cloying on the tongue. I kept looking around for a glass of water to rinse my mouth. Very strong alcohol component induces shivers at each sip. I need a larger sample of this one to rate it properly. desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Free sample at State Line in Elkton, MD. Dark mahogany body with no head. Aroma is fruity and spicy with not much alcohol. Flavor is quite nice, loads of complexity, with ripe fruit, fig, and some woodiness. All the alcohol that missing in the aroma makes its presence known here. Palate is dry and sweet with a good deal of alcohol warmth. Nice beer. Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 12, 2005
Dark amber clear body with an offwhite small head. Very sweet malty aroma, alcoholic. Very sweet malty taste as well, fruity and alcoholic, but not booze-like. Ok, but not my favorite. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
Bottle, Doug’s Christmas 05. Dark yellow with brown hints and lots of floaties, big bubbly white head. Lots of alcohol, whisky and sweetness in aroma. Thin mouthfeel. Lots of alcohol in taste but quite as strong as you would think. Taste was also quite harsh, but there was a nice sweetness with notes of fruit and citrus. Pretty good overall.
blankboy (7881) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
Bottle at ’December at DougShoemaker’s 2005’ -- courtesy of ?. Pours a very bubbly dark amber with an average size foamy white head. The aroma is all sugary malt and alcohol and I found it too sweet. Flavour of caramel malt, dark fruit and alcohol is also overly sweet. I don’t know, I either wasn’t in the right mood or this beer just isn’t for me but, I hate to say this word again, it’s just too sweet. SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
25 ml bottle from bevmo. Pours deep amber with a generous off-white head. Aroma is rich, fruity malts, with hints of molasses and a strong alcohol presence. Flavor features sweet fruity malts, figs with bread and an alcohol bite in the finish. Full body and creamy smooth carbonation. Qutie good. SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 10, 2005
apples, caramel, dark fruit, toffee, brandy. hazy orange amber with a large orange head. strong alcohol and very warming. stupid corks. MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2005
Keg @ Akkurat, Stockholm. Vintage 2004hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Not at all as sweet as I thought it would be. Herbs and blonde raisins dominates the taste untill the alcohol content grabs you in the aftertaste. Belly warming.
Bottle. Pours a very cloudy brown color with a head that serves as a thin film across the beer. Aroma of sweet malt and a citrusy zest. Flavor is of candy, alcohol, and figs. Warming palate with a silk alcohol finish. This is good.