hilladen99 (25) - Lake Oswego, Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2001
A yummy seasonal brew though the taste varies ever so slightly from season to season. joet (2655) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2001
The aroma is a hoppy, dusty old books, strong pine, chocolate. If that looks like an incredible mess of aroma, I'd agree but I'm finding it appealing with some challenged glee. Ooh this is nice... Challenging and good. The feel rocks -- soft and round. Slightly astringent finish. This is a much more appealing proposition for a 'winter warmer' than a spiced brew for me. And this goes great with itself. TAR (2778) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2001
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2014 Beautiful glowing ruby color. Thick and sticky off-white foam. Very nice aroma of dates, phenols, and fruitcake. Cherry candyish and great balance of dryly earthy malts and forceful hop bitterness. Is this still bottle-conditioned? Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 25, 2001
This is my favorite winter warmer brew. Unique chocolate-covered bananna flavor, with tons of malt and a surprisingly strong fush of hops at the end. The perfect beer for a cold winter's night. Oakes (18472) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2000
Holiday seasonal strong ale, with a good balance between citrusy flavours, flowery hop; malt; and a
soft fruitiness (apple, pear).
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2000
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2003 Release (2003)<P>
Draught @ Papago:
This magnificent beer pours a transpicuous deep burnished copper color, the head mastodonic in size, spumescent in texture, and the color a winsome tan color, as the head deliquesces, a satiny sheet of lace forms to caress the glass. Big malt laden nose, caramel candy sweet, hints of the hops lay just beneath this delight for the senses, ambrosial start, nicely malt laden; the top has a moderate feel to the palate. Finish is agreeably carbonated, the hops spectacular in their spicy presence, nice droughty aftertaste that lingers on the palate. Each year I await the release of this beer like a kid waiting for his new Christmas bicycle and thanks to Papago Brewery, my most favorite “Beer Palace”, and Deschutes Brewery one of my top three favorite breweries, I get a double barreled treat, draught and bottles to store away, well we will see how long they stayed stored, the Vegas Line say that the odds are 10 to 1 against them lasting till the next release.