11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Tap at brewery. Chestnut colored. White head with decent lacing. Malt aroma mixed with hop. Some spicey smells also. Sweet malt flavor with spicey hops. Hops linger in the finish. Decent. antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Bottle. Root beer color with a thin off-white head that fades to a ring. Aromas of roasted malts, pine, and citrus. Flavors of bitter chocolate and orange peel that starts out sweet and finishes acidic and dry for a beer of this type. Can’t shake the hops. Fairly thin mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Hides alcohol well. Good, but not enough malt flavors for me in a winter seasonal, or for an old ale any time of year. jtxx (149) - san antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2004
pours deep brown. taste of ginger and nutmeg. good seasonal taste. GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Extemely malty. What stone Ruination is for hops this is for malt. I was hoping for a spiced seasonal with the name. Not my cup of tea but points for having the balls to be assertive. SpringsLicker (3641) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Thanks to Bück Dich for this one.
Dark brown with lots of ruby highlights under a fleeting 1" head.
Caramel and spice and nuts in the aroma.
Smooth and malty with just a hint of hop bitterness. Nice brew.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Bottle pours deep dark amber, almost brown, medium frothy off-white head, attractive lacing, with light carbonation. Musty, malty, peppery nose. Smooth hop bitterness up front, some licorice, with a malty backbone. Some odd hemlock like tree flavor as well, or is it sagebrush? Medium body and mouthfeel. Light spices emerge on the finish. Fairly smooth, not as hopped up as I would have thought. Finishes herbish, slight hop, minor malt, semi-sweet.   Very different from most other Winter seasonals I have had. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2004
I know I’ve had this before, although, like many seasonals, the recipe may be different this year. And it tasted better than my vague recollection of it. Spicey, nutmeg aroma. Dark red in color. Off-white head. Good lace. Good hop profile. Spicey character is very nice. Somewhat chalky. Very good and reasonably rich. jzzbassman (1634) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2004
Another good seasonal finally available in OK!! Mahogany with a tan head and good lace, malty aroma with a chocolate, nutty, malty, overall warming flavor with a nice palate. Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
Clear copper colour. good light brown head. mild malt nose. strong malt taste with dry chocolate malt after taste. average lace motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 12, 2004
2003 bottle. rich purpley brown colour with a small cream head. interesting mix of earthy and stonefruit flavours and a real warming quality