sthlm (1286) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Growler, thanks Skyview] Pours dark brown with a yellowish-tan head. Aroma has quite a bit of spice in it--clove, cinnamon and something else that I couldn’t place. Some caramel malt was also in there. Taste was also spicy, but there was some roasted malt in the finish. Definitely not bad, but not my favorite Christmas beer.
badgerben (4973) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A growler from Skyview. Dark ruby red color with a medium head. Aroma of cherries. The taste is really a mix of stuff: cherries, cinnamon, caramel, sweet malt, coconut. Someone made the pina colada comment, and that’s pretty accurate. I really enjoyed this. I nice change of pace from the usual "mulled" beer for Christmas.
Stine (1768) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a growler. Mahogany in color and fairly transparent. Aroma is scattered with random spice and polished sweetness; black licorice, clove, coriander, cinnamon, and banana. Dries out with a watered out cardboard downer at the end. Flavors are similar; molasses, cinnamon, bittersweet chocolate, gingerbread, and clove with lots of black licorice and wet pumpernickel bread. A bit of heat in vanilla bean and bourbon type of sweetness. Palate is tight and and soft with moderate carbonation; finishes with a slow drying out of spiced fruit and dark sugars. This one is really all over the map in terms of flavor and aroma components; while complicated and not especially rounded, the messiness remains sufficiently unannoying and on the outside. Thanks Bob!
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Skyview. Dark red/ almost brown pour with a nice sized dirty white head. This was a quite complex beer. Sweet smelling (can’t quite get at it) with maybe a touch of coconut. The taste reminds me of a mild pina colada drink with a hint of pineapple and coconut as well as vanilla and maple.
Skyview (5824) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the brewpub in Wausau, Wisconsin. Pours a clear dark reddish amber brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that leaves behind a fine film and some spotty lacing. Aroma of dark caramel malt, candi sugar, some holiday earth spice, cotton candy and a touch of tart berries.Taste is medium to full bodied, very light carbonation with flavors of dark caramel malt, candi sugar, some molasses, holiday earthy spices and a touch of clove. Finish is slightly bitter, some alcohol presence with a caramel and dark berry aftertaste.