Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Ruby. Subtle, fruity, malt driven aroma with a touch of caramel, pit fruit, chocolate and hop leafs in the nose. Chewy, malt accented flavor. Notes of caramel, pit fruit, grape skins and chocolate along with a lingering hop bitterness. An enjoyable brew. Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Solid winter beer, this is.
Aroma is weaker than I remember from previous years, but mostly malt with a bit of spice/hops.
Pours a dark brown with an okay head that left some lace.
Flavor is a very well balanced mixture of malt and hops. There’s some spice esters floating around in there mixed with the dark fruits. There’s a nice citric bite to it that’s not quite PNW hopish. Very pleasant!
Palate is thick and creamy, yet crisp! Overall, this is a must-try for the winter season.
daniela (9) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 11, 2004 does not count
Strong flavors of both malt and bitter hops; Thick, sweet, nutty, spicy, dry. Finishes with a hoppy flavor (and dry mouthfeel). It’s hard for me to drink more than one in a sitting, but I have a good time. RogerBurks (45) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Beautiful aroma. Initial impression is warm, toasty and complex - myriad spices and dried fruits. Lingering, bitter palate very malty and nutty in character. A very challenging beer not for the faint of heart - definitely full of holiday cheer. Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 8, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2004 ruby red color with a small white head.mostly hops in the aroma.very nice flavor wth a mix of hops,a bit of nutmeg,malts,and more hops in the aftertaste.good christmas beer for sure.
bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Bottle. Mahogony-brown color with a nice off-white head. Roasted malt and slight grapefruit hop aroma. Nice balanced malt and hop flavors along with spice, caramel, fruit, and brancy. Lingering bitterness. mjg74 (3106) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Bottle. Pours a deep dark ruby color. Aroma is fairly rich. Malty, roasty and hoppy. Bitter start, a bit of roasted malt. Slightly sweet with a hop kick. Not bad for a buck a bottle at Trader Joe’s. frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Dark mahogney color with a medium sized off-white head. Malty, lightly toasted aroma with hints of plum and some fruity hops. Very light sweetness, faint toffee notes, a hint of spruce. Light fruit in the finish, acompanied by a nice round hoppy flavor and biterness. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Fine, sturdy, off-white head, dark brown color. Sweet aroma, but nothing too distinctive coming through. Faint hints of toffee, nuts, spices. Mild hoppiness, medium carbonation. Sweet maltiness. Very mild, very mellow, but to a fault. I like my winter ales with more of a kick, and this slides down too smooth for my tastes. Feels as if they were shooting for something like Anchor’s Our Special Ale, but something held them back.
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 6, 2004
Dark brown w/minimul bubbles. Molasses chocolate, cherry and some spice on the nose. Roasted malt, charcoal, bright acidity, witha rich but light hoppy finish. Some coffee flavors though not overly sweet...