akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Nice thick body, very creamy in the mouth. the flavor is very subdued and friendly. the alcohol is warming in the end and as i exhale. a few spices are evident but there is nice hop flavor and bitterness in the end. jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2002
Dark amber. Good spice profile; coriander, orange peel. Nice hop presence. Bitterness present at end. AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2002
Frothy head, slowly diminishing. Mildly carbonated. Cherry cola color. Hoppy-barley aroma. Hoppy start to finish. One of the better Christmas seasonals I've had. mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - DEC 27, 2002
(26Dec2002--draft) UGH! What the hell happened here?!
Starts with an amazingly frothy, super lacy, super creamy
head, which, equally amazingly, neither persists
nor adds much effervescence to the beer.
Still, these sins are forgivable. But what was
up with the CHLORINE? It started assaulting my
nose, and the assault intensified once it
hit my taste buds. Heavily bittered, though
with a thin mouthfeel and a strong resemblance to iced tea. Dark, in the same
way that Full Sail Ale.
A very disappointing experience. Perhaps I will
try it in a bottle. I did not finish my pint. cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 26, 2002
Tangy and tasty, spicy and fruity. Beautiful but a bit lacking in flavor....
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2002
It's hard to imagine a beer looking much better than this. A shiny ruby/brown with a pillowy light tan head that lasts and lasts. The hops were interesting, indeed, but for having four different types of malts, this beer did not seem to have much malt complexity. Predominant flavors were of caramel, and especially black cherry. A bit like a fruitcake. Alcohol flavor is omnipresent. BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2002
It has a malty palate, but spicy flavor in with the hops help to balance this beer perfectly. It is an excellent winter brew. ChristerL99 (17) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2002
I'm new at rating but this was pretty good! Spicy flavor reminescent of eggnog with cinnamon and nutmeg. Not too sweet yet not overly hoppy. Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2003 Release 2003:
The beer as it spills from the bottle a translucent deep sanguineous color with a splendid somewhat creamy tan head, and the lace a nice sealing sheet. Nose is spicy sweet, coriander, light hits of cinnamon, fresh and clean to the senses, the start is malt rich, sweet and the top middling in its feel. Finish is briskly acidic, the hop powerful in their spiciness, and the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting. A decent drinking beer, but I can’t really say it’s a favorite.<P>
Well it’s been 2 years since I sampled this beer, so let’s see if it has improved any in that time. The pour is an unblurred sanguineous color, the head exorbitant in size and frothy in texture, as it degenerates, it leaves glutinous sheets of lace to smother the glass. Quite an aromatic nose, cinnamon and nutmeg, coriander and, malt, lightly sweet and a real sniffer for the old schnozzle. Start is all malt, the top skimpy in mouth feel, just not all there, the finish is mildly carbonated, sparsely hopped, the aftertaste dry and lightly bitter. Can’t really say this beer does much for me, waterish and just lacking in my humble opinion.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2002
Spicey, hoppy aroma. Very creamy in palate. Nice flavour, but kind of watered down. Sweet, well balanced. Not bad.