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. god (18) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2004
Coca-cola colored, no head, medium fizz. Smells a bit like grapes and chocolate. A great balance of hops and malt. Bitter aftertaste lasts just the right amount of time. I'd gladly drink this beer all year long. It's all about the balance! One of my most favorite beers. PhillyBeer2112 (2894) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Deep garnet with a pitted khaki head. Wonderful aroma, nuts and berries! Dark fruit, plum, blackberry, walnuts, fruitcake, a little gingerish maybe. Rich and sweetish front, with some fruit and a touch of bittersweet chocolate and mild roast, easing into a nicely hopped (spice, floral) finish, with a warming alcohol to top it off. I paired this with a nice strong stinky salty roquefort bleu cheese, and while the combination was pretty good, I have to say the beer didn’t stand up well in terms of intensity of flavors. (that’s just a general comment, not factored into the ratings) swanmann (778) - Nompton, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 13, 2006
What’s really to describe that hasn’t been stated? Hmmm, tastes great with some spicey soup. I love the slightly syrupy mouthfeel, delivering hops and alcohol. Not too sweet. I’m a fan. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Sampled this one on draught at the brewery in Hood River, OR. This beer pours to beautiful, bright, deep amber to ruby red color, with a soapy white head, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is very pleasing, with aromas of sweet malt, fresh bread, spicy aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg, and some piney hop aroma. The palate is firm, with good sweet and caramel malt flavors, paired with light estery touches of plum. This beer finishes with more good sweet malty flavors, and estery fruit, then ends with some spicy flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg, and some piney hop bitterness that lingers. Excellent winter warmer. An excellent after work/afer dinner dirnk, and a nice beer to sit and relax with at the bar at Full Sail.
SSSteve (4006) - - OCT 9, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2009 clear dark brown with nice fine bubbled lacing under a large frothy tan head. moderately sweet malty aroma with touches of floral hops and dark fruit. flavor is hoppy and fruity with a sugary nutty aftertaste and hints of winter spices. also plenty of dark fruity malts(prune, plum) medium bodied and hearty. i really like this one. nathan30533 (1022) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Good burgundy color brew with lite white forming head. Overall wonderful aroma and taste. Great brew. Don2711 (493) - - DEC 3, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2014 Aroma disappointing. Appearance red brown nice. Taste hoppy with caramel tones. Palate good Christmas flavour. Warming but given strength a disappointment. Second pint much better. Good on palate. Aroma still weak getting better. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Nice. Reminds me of a Christmas ale but without the spice. Solid malt bill with added hops. Solid B.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone rproff78 (177) - - OCT 19, 2014
Yum yum yum. My favorite from full sail! I love it! If u can't tell, it's my favorite!!!