grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Extremely filtered amber color, imbued witha moderate creamy head. Strong EtOH aroma, brandy, light solvent and dough exude. Lightly sweet, fiery and incomplete/simplistic malt body. Moderately rough ethanol burn and light bitterness from the finish. Drinks really easy for a 12% beer, yet itís decisively unremarkable. marcus (10144) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 11, 2006
This amber ale poured with a decent tan head, eliciting a fruity, malty aroma. The flavor is of sugar candy and malt, with a floral hoppy finish. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Bottle 2005: Hazy amber body with a small creamy light brown head. Sweet molassas, caramel and spice aroma. Sweet caramel and candi sugar flavor with some light spice in the end.
Tap 2006: Clear light amber body, sweet caramel and sugar, not as much spice. rajendra82 (1078) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2006
The tiny 250 ml bottle was adorned with shiny Christmas regalia. When poured into a tulip glass, this looked clear, and pale, with a wee little head, or not at all like a Quadrupel. The smell was sweet and potent like a Sherry more so than a beer. Figs, cherries, and vanilla were present in the nose, but the overall smell was too mild in my opinion. The wine like qualities of the beer were in the forefront in the taste as well, with raisins, white grapes, mixed dry fruits being the primary tastes. It was a little nutty mid palettes, and exhibited spicy aftertaste. Warming and uplifting, this was a great beer concentrate to sip on this late hour. thornecb (5878) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2006 Pours dark amber into a trappist glass. Head quickly subides to nothing. Tequila and caramel aromas. Tastes like dry butterscotch tequila. Iím not a big tequila sipper.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2006
Pours brownish orange/amber and very clear with a thick off-white head consisting of very tiny bubbles and lots of lace on the glass. The aroma is heavy with malts. There is also some caramel, fruit, candied nuts, and - of course - alcohol. The flavor starts sweet and very malty. The middle of the flavor reveals some alcohol, loads of fruitiness - some apricots and figs, hints of banana - and a growing malty backbone. The beer finishes somewhat dry and cloying with some hop bitterness - not a lot but enough to balance the heavy malt flavor. The finish also has detectable amounts of alcohol and is warming as it goes down. The mouthfeel is very creamy thanks to very fine carbonation (i.e. small bubbles). Excellent overall. LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2006
8.48 oz bottle. Hazy copper color with brown head. Sweet malty aroma and taste with warming alcohol taste. Rune (12587) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2006
Clear dark brown body with a white head and nice laceworks on the glass. Plummy aroma. Dark and dried fruits dominate the flavour with hints of medium sweet caramel. Flat and dry. Full mouthfeel and good yuletide spirit (150ml from bottle at the Yule and Winter beer festival at Belgobaren in Stockholm 03.12.2006). MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Pours a slightly hazy copper with a huge head. The head is slow to dissipate and it leaves plenty of lacing. Smell of brown sugar and a little apricot. Taste was sweet malt, dates and some alcohol burn. A little hops, but not as much as you might think reading the commercial description. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Pours very dark copper with a lighter tan head. Very sweet in the aroma and flavor. Heavy body and very smooth for twelve percent. Light spiciness to the finish compliments a fruity malt flavor with a light earthy and woody flavor and slight citrus note. Very warming beer for a cold day.