papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 12, 2007
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 11, 2007
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: Dark reddish brown color with a small, fading off-white head. Aroma is light with a hint of fruit. Flavor starts with some weak black coffee then some toffee and light fruit followed by a light dry bitter finish. Light bodied and watery with moderate carbonation.
350 ml bottle from Holiday. Reddish brown with a fizzy white head. Malty bready aroma. Slightly metallic bitter taste. ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Bottled. Nice malty brown color. Small head. Good chewy texture with flavors of fig, oak and brown sugar. Nice beer and good change to my palate from things I have recently been drinking. beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - DEC 6, 2007
On tap. Deep rich brown hue. Nice tan head with some lacing. Aroma of red fruit, leather and roasted malts. Toffee flavor with mild bitterness and a bit of a harsh alcohol note in the finish. highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2007
The third and best of a flight of three US Xmas ales generously supplied to Ecze’s Sydney RB bash 2007 by the esteemed Linc, who has access to beers well beyond the average schmo (ie, me). This was my pick of the bunch by a whisker - the others were Bridgeport’s Ebenezer Ale and Sam Adams Holiday Porter. It was the best-looking, ruby with a short head that lasted til Christmas. Nice aroma of treacle scones and sherry - clean. Thinner bodied than the others but not to the extent that it felt like a flaw. Very fruity aroma - cranberries, I wrote, but that may just be the suggestibility power of an Xmas ale. Strong crystal malt toffee notes and a resinous US hop finish. Quite astringent. Sweet and sticky.
ZiggyG (131) - Gladstone, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Bottle. Pours dark brown, almost black. Nice 2 inch tan head that leaves lots of lacing. Smell is strong roast coffee malts and chocolate. Taste is mellow coffee with a nice integrated hops bitterness at the end. A hint of skunkiness spoiled the flavor a bit. Mouthfeel is full with medium-low carbonation. Leaves the mouth feeling coated with a nice tingle in the throat. clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Interesting beer. Sweet nose, mildly fruity and floral. Dry finish, with a full mouthfeel. Lightly fruity and rich caramel malt flavor, some hop bitterness. Low carbonation. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of ripe fruit, earth, some spice and chocolate. Tastes of cherries, raisins, some earthy flavor and hints of spice. Mouthfeel is rich with a tea like finish. darbish (115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Smells a little like coffee, and sweetness. Fairly dark (opaque), brownish-orange color and pours with a thin head. Tastes fairly sweet but the flavor is not overpowering. Also it is malty and woody or piny tasting. The finish is somewhat overpowering, and I can’t tell if the finish is from hops or if they added pine needles to the recipe. Overall, quite delicious. CasperQuaffer (142) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Pours dark but translucent. Medium head. Taste chocolate, slight coffee, and a bit of citrus rind hops. Well rounded malty mouth feel. Too bad this very good beer is not an "all-weather" type ale.