Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown with a somewhat dense tan head. Aroma is OSA-like with some leaves and smoky malts. Taste is strange with some brown sugar and cinnamon but there’s an off flavor I’m not digging too much. Me suspects use of an English yeast (Ringwood?) that I’m not a big fan of. balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - NOV 23, 2005
On tap @ Ardor. Good looking dark amber color with a nice off white head leaving some nice lacing. A spicy aroma which leads to a fairly complex body of spices, hoppy bitterness and some carmel malt flavors. Very drinkable, I would try this again. HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2005
2004 bottle-aged in my cellar for a year. Nice beer, better than I remembered last year. Lots of malty, toasty goodness and a clean finish. One of the better X-mas seasonals GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 19, 2005
Draught. Dark brown color with off white head. Caramel and chocolate flavor and aroma with spicy spruce hop untertones. Kevin (2201) - Montana, USA - NOV 19, 2005
a nice looking pour. deep dark brown with a thick lasting coffee cream head. the nose is a bit scary. smells like dryer sheets plastic cinnamon and green tall grass. this is very hoppy. the bitter is forefront here. some caramel flavor with the grass flavor. some sweet tea in the finish. an interesting beer. not something i would seek out again but not necessarilly bad.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Bottle. I liked the look of this one. Poured dark brown with a reddish hue. Had a toffee head that gradually faded away. Malts dominate this one with notes of caramel, light smoke, and various mild spices. Finishes with a good hop bite. McKnizzle69 (89) - Machesney Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Ho Ho Ho This bottle is from 9/29/05. Nice and fresh. Very light brown in color and a very nice fruity holiday smell. This beer has a lot of spice and a great roasted malt flavor. The malts definatly dont drown out the hint of sweetness, maybe carmel. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Bottled on 110104. So, I get last years vintage. Let’s see how it holds up over a year... It pours to dark brown body with a red sheen to it. It’s definitely filtered. Anyway, the head is huge and thick. Lasting. Nice lacing. Looks like a nice beer. The aroma is spicy and nutty. More like a brown ale aroma. Walnuts and light brown sugar. The flavor is more old ale than brown ale, however. I get some nice roasted malts that are like sweetened tea and light milk chocolate. Some walnuts and nutmeg/mace. Lightly spicy. Pretty balanced. The palate is creamy, medium bodied, carbonated, and acidic. JFGrind (2070) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Bottled 09.29.05, which is barely autumn on my calendar. Crimson color, chocolate malts and some spice in the flavor. It had the characterisitcs of an English Old Ale. I picked up a 6-pack @ Igli’s Supermarket in Rockford, IL for $8.49. I’m cellaring at least one Christmas Ale to sample at a later date and to find out how it bottle conditions. RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Kinda tastes like a nut brown ale with a bit of sherry and light holiday spicing. Nothing to write home about, so I won’t.