biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Deep clear red in color with a thin head. Full, malty aroma with a heavy fruitiness a hint of chocolate. Full bodied and rich. Sweet, fruity flavor with noticeable but not prominent hops. Has some astringency, probably from the excessive use of crystal malt. Moderate bitterness. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2008
This 2007 offering poured clear brown with copper hues and thin tan head. The aroma is inviting to say the least with rich dark fruity esters coupled with rich and varied roasty malts. Very nice. The taste hits first with a bit of hop bitterness followed by roasty malts heading toward being highly roasted combined with dark fruity esters. The finish has notes of malt astringency rising up and drying it out a bit. Delicious brew. VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2008
2008 Holiday fruitcake nose, some licorice. Deep ruby brown color with a thick long lasting head. Rich cherry malt sweetness, big bitter balance. Full body, subtle carbonation, long finish. Nice beer, the fruitcake component is unique. steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 23, 2008
murky, dark brown body, orange-ruby highlight, moderate light tan head, moderate lacing; bitter, earthy, floral, some of those ’’dark fruits,’’ and also soy sauce; not quite my thing unless this was served at the proper food pairing... trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2008
2008 version. Pours a port red. Good head, though dissipates quickly. Aroma of dark fruits, malts, barley wine, raisins. It seems like an effort to use american ingredients to make a dark Belgian-style beer. Slightly dilute, but actually very good.
Aquilo (651) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 22, 2008
I have to give full marks for appearance here. Pours deep clear mahogany with a thick tan head that overflowed my glass. It was picture perfect. Aroma is roasty and nutty, but kinda faint. The flavor is roasty and sweet. I can taste caramel, pecans, and some piney hops. Quite nice all around; a very enjoyable beer. carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2009 V - dark amber/brown, mostly inpenetrable hue with a lackluster head but decent lacing.HoppyGuy (111) - Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2008
A - mild oats and malt aroma with a pronounced fruity caramel nose. Warming up the piney hops become noticeable.
T - hops hit first then slowly degrade into a more malty body with a heavy bitter/hop finish. Not much in the way of the dark spices hinted at in the nose.
Bottle. 2008 batch. Pours a clear, deep walnut color with a one-inch light tan head. The inviting aroma is of caramel and nutmeg/cinnamon. Flavor is malty upfront, but the hops keeps it from being too sweet. Nice caramel tones and good spice flavor give this brew character. There is a bit of bitterness in the flavor that lingers--but in a good way. Soft mouthfeel. I’d like to pair this brew with a good beef stew and sourdough bread on a cold night. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2011 355ml 2008 ed. Pours a very dark clear amber with a medium off-white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is sort of neutral though there is some caramel and maybe hazelnut. Nice balance between the hops and malt. At times the tastes are neutralized the beer tastes like a good nothing. Alcohol is masked well- didn’t realize this was 6.7%. Overall decent but not great. Great label though (even though never judge a beer by its label). 10/19/2008 6/4/6/3/12=3.1Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2008
2008 batch. Nice coppery brown pour with a decent creamy head. Big smell of cinnamon and caramel and tastes of nuts with a pleasantly bitter mouthfeel. Very tasty version this year, and thank god the label isn’t as lame as last year’s.