foduck (330) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2003
My first beer of the night. Damn this is good. Aroma of bittering hops, chocolate malt, dust. Flavor is roasted barley, peanut shells, some coffee-ish flavors but not too intense, just right. Drying finish, good bittering hops. Really great beer. SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2003
Bottle. Another hearty, spicy winter ale. Pours dark brown with garnet highlights and a full tan head that lingered casually. The aroma features rich roasted malts, plentiful hops and moderate spice. Flavor is also malty up front, giving way to spice cake, and piney hops with a slightly astringent finish. Medium body and mildly carbonated. Nice seasonal treat. FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2003
Aromas of malt, fruit (perhaps some cherry notes), and a subdued spice character as well. A brown ale with a thin tan head, that shows deep clear amber hues when held up to the light. Nice, pretty well balanced, though perhaps a tad thin. Lightly sweet in the front, with a bit of bitterness and spiciness in the finish. It is like a little brother to Deschutes Jubelale. Some definite cherry notes here. Really does remind me of a weaker version of the Jubelale. If I had not had that, I would think a bit more highly of this. Still this is pretty good. Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2003
Another pretty good holiday ale, they all sort of start tasting the same and this one is about par for the course. AHouse (18) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2003
Very smooth light tasting with an after taste that sneaks up on you. Excellent winter ale, puts you in the spirit.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Just finished up the 2003 Anchor and moved on to this. Actually I'm going to lower my rating of the Anchor a bit, because at the end, it was too dry, young, bitter and harsh. This one is kind of the same style as Anchor, but more toned down and more balanced. Aroma is more of a sweet malt rather than all spice. Palate might be a little more watery, but is maltier at the same time. Finish is a little spicy, but a little boring. It's easier to drink than the Anchor. GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - NOV 18, 2003
Very malty. A good winter ale. A good english strong with some nice hops for balance. The finish is almost sour compared to being bitter. Worth trying. Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Bottle pours deep amber, almost garnet color with a small off white head and some lace. The aroma is quite malty, but with a hop presence. The flavor has got some ESA characteristics, being almost fruity, but also has the ASA hop bite. The palate is OK for the flavor. There is somewhat of a lingering spice thing going on too. Overall, this one is OK for the season. Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2003
Dark ruby brown with a thin off white head. A slightly weak malty, nutty, aroma with a hint of fruit. Medium palate with little carbonation. Nice malty, cherry flavor with a bit of pine. Very drinkable, but not very memorable. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2003
Pretty rufous-bronze color, light carbonation, and thin, fading off-white head. Interesting fruity aroma. Smells like cherry cider and cloves. Deep earthy flavor with juniper notes. Alcohol apparent on the palate. Strong and distinct. The bottom line is that I really enjoy sipping on this stuff.