BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Bottle that I shared at the Free the Hops monthly chapter meeting in Huntsville. Poured ruby with an off-white head that left good lace. Aromas of sweet malts, light fruit in the background and vanilla. The flavor found fruit (mainly cherries), milk chocolate, vanilla and spice. Medium body, dry, but sweet. Nice! Pailhead (6540) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma of caramel, vanilla. roasted nuts, fruit, and light spices. Pours a dark transparent copper with a small soapy head that quickly fades to a ring. Quick nuttiness and caramel up front is quickly covered up by a vanilla, milk chocolate, butterscotch, and slight ginger finish. Pretty tastey, but probably couldn’t drink more than 12oz or so without it wearing on me. beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2006
Bottle. Dark rudy brown pour. Smelled like cola - sweet malty and some prunish fruits and spices. Sweeter malty flavors, medium fruits, and a fair bit of spice for flavors. A touch of clove too. vyvvy (6481) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 26, 2006
Thanks to tannertavernboys for sharing. Pours a dark garnet with a minor amount of head. The aroma is spicy with cinnamon and maybe something else. There is also a rich carny sugar aspect that is present, but not overbearing. The beer is medium bodied with light carbonation - could be due to a bit of aging. Interesting taste to the beer, very unique. There are elements of cherry pie filling, but quite dry - bits of caramel - spiciness (cinnamon, ginger, others?). The finish has some hops to it, they have an dusty / earthy taste to them. An interesting beer I’d like to try again. Terminus (3683) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2006
22oz bomber-thanks to Aracauna for sending me this months ago. ruby red hue with a soaphy off-white head. sweet, lightly floral hop note with nice spices-cinnamon and nutmeg come to mind. some berry notes come out as well as earthy hops, caramel and toasted malt. lots of spice on the flavors along with some toasted malt notes. some resembelence of a ginger bread cookie! body verges on flimsy, but does a good job distributing the flavors around. Finish is heavily spicy and tingles the toungue. not a bad and unique beer.
JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Brown colored liquid with a bubbly light taupe color. As a group there were many descriptors thrown about when it came to the aroma. Rubber ducks, baby powder, fresh diapers, vanilla pudding, just to name a few and I don’t think any were discounted. There does seem to reside a touch of caramel, but one does seem to have to search for it. Flavors of some anise and spice cookies. Blue moon ice cream as well. An interesting holiday ale. I didn’t mind it, but there are some odd nose and taste things going on. sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Bottle shared by bgburdman: Pours a deep amber in color with an off white head. Aroma, yeasty, some caramel, grassy notes. Flavor, some spices, caramel, chocolate, some earthy notes. Not bad. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2007
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and MDS, Harry’s bottle. Dark ruby red, big dough like off white head. Lots of sweet bready notes in aroma - caramel cake like. Taste - lots of vanilla, spice, candy. Interesting. Like Anchor’s Special Ale a bit. Didn’t quite work for me, but big kudos on an interesting beer. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 1, 2007
Courtesy of captaincougar. Pours mahogany with a thin white ring of bubbles. Smells of spices, caramel, sugar and sweet malt. Taste is of caramel, citrus, spices and some earthy hints. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is of citrus. Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2007
2006 vintage. my first vintage of this stuff, i am hanging on to a couple bombers to try next to next years batch... This year it was overwhelming in the vanilla category, very sweet, poured an amber color with medium head... this is a regional cult favorite, one of the hardest seasonal beers to find in Asheville, a very popular cult beer, I like the mystique more, but hey, isn’t that half of the attraction....