bbrock81 (317) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - NOV 20, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, red-brown color, spicy aroma and flavor. Very smooth, thick feeling beer. One of the best winter beers.
alcoholica (128) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red pour with nice foamy head. Very spicy and malty. The hops are damn good. SMell of hops and malt. Very good beer, can't stop drinking them during the season.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red brown color with small white head.Aroma is of caramel and roasted malts.Flavor has a nutty caramel taste that gets sweeter as you go.Nice fruity bitter finish.A solid Christmas brew!
Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This Christmas concoction pours a dark ruby red-brown with a thin ring of off-white foam clinging to the glass. Nuts and caramel in the aroma. Flavor is rich and succulent; I detect wood, dark candied fruits, nuts, caramel, and floral hops. A rich and remarkable brew, perfect for the season.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark garnet with small beige head. caramel malt aroma. taste is of caramle malt, toffee, some roastiness and dark fruit notes with a slightly bitter finish. medium bodied but slightly watery. good
Reid (2501) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bought in the 12 oz brown glass bottle.
Pours a dark ruby colour very appealing ..small head which dissapears very rapidlly leaving a ring around my glass.
Rich deep aromas almost like the rich plum pudding I used to get back home in Scotland..though I sense some salted butter too.
Taste is very nice smooth at first and rich plummy taste at the end..bitter hop aftertaste..slight alcohol warmth follows..Im still tasting dark unsweetened chocolate to..very nice flavour!
Fels nice in the mouth not too carbonated..
Very good Christmas time ale..good winter beer!!
TChrome (1461) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I guess this beer falls into the first style definition of old ale. It has a nice aroma smelling of malt, molasses, and some spice. The appearance is attractive. Beer pours nice amber brown with off white head that mostly diminishes. Definitely some strong lacing. Flavor department is strong. Nice malty front with smokey finish. Quite nice.
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2004 Oooh Yeah! Reminds the dude of NBB 1554, only a bit lighter and crisper. Great nose of citrus and crystal hops. Fantastic! Pours a deep ruby red, not much carbonation, thin head, little lacing. Palate is a bit thin, but flavor is very nice. Flavor is ismilar to NBB 1554, only it tastes like it has the addition of NW hops (I'm thinking cascades). Very good showing.
hotstuff (5113) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer's appearance consisted of a small sized creamy tan head with fine-small sized bubbles that mostly diminished. The body was opaque and free of carbonation with a brown hue. The nose was mildly malty with caramel notes and the same was true for the flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth, thin and watery texture and medium bodied. The lacing was fair.
thedm (6099) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew poured a medium sized head of fine to medium sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a fair lacing and a hazy brown colored body with no visible carbonation. The aroma is very nice with strong notes of caramel malt. The mouthfeel is smooth with a bit of alcohol in it. The flavor is very nice with notes of caramel malt and alcohol with some spice.