porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Bottle. Poured a murky brown color, with a few floaters and a thin off white head. An aroma of oak and vanilla with hints of alcohol hits my nose. On the first sip the alcohol is a bit alarming but as I drink more the hints of vanilla, oak, and sugary molasses comes through. It is in fact a bit rummy as the description says. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2005
Out of the bottle this brew pours a dark glowing red with the faintest off-white head. Very sweet alcohol accented aroma, brown sugar and some subtle earthy spicing. Taste starts with a hint of chocolate up front followed by some earthy malts in the middle, and finishing with some light spice, a hint of alcohol and some bigger bitterness to ease all that malt. Oakes (17664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
Draught, at the brewpubmotelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 26, 2005
Slight haze. Reddish-brown colour. Rather butterscotchy aroma with a little bit of malt. Palate is rich and malty, with butterscotch (much less than in the aroma, thankfully), earth, a hint of pine, and plenty of toffee. Chewily sweet finish. Alcohol lingers late on the palate. Despite the problematic aroma, this is actually quite a good ESA.
bottled. copper brown colour. decent pine and orange rind aroma, quite full, slightly woody, vanilla character. some raisins and port but thankfully not ridiculously sticky, just could use more bitterness. pretty festive anyway presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2005
Thick syrupy aroma with spice notes. Red brown liquid with a wisp of foam. Flavour is hops, light alcohol and malt. Very nice. Like a lighter Barley Wine, light on spice but very drinkable.
kaosse (3) - Point Roberts, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2004 does not count
Not for the weak of heart.
Forgot one opened bottle and next morning the taste was very dampened (like the Chrismas Tree on Boxing Day morning) --- but the hops were completely uneffected (undrinkable but interesting)<g> IndianaRed (4617) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Bottle Pours a very dark redish brown with very little head and thin but fine lacing. Aromas are carmel, dark malts and some chocolate. Flavors are mostly the same. The ABV is noticeable and the bitterness comes through a bit. Feel is good and carbonation os soft. Finish is a woody bitter note. EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2004
A very rich slightly burnt/toasty flavor dominates. Deep red with a lasting head and a nice fruity backbone to offset to toasted malt. Hop are secondary but nicely placed.
Thanks Bakersfield Cali Santa OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Bottle, from Bottleworks. Good nose. Malty.Chocolate, Root beer,caramel, honey, piney. some spice.. Hazy orange brown color. Small head that faded quickly. Bitter sweet flavors. Same as aroma with a little burnt grapefruit.Thin body., creamy mouthfeel. Dry burnt finish. Very tasty. Not xmasy at all. Wish I had bought more than one. Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Pours a deep amber/brown hue witha minimal slight off-white head. Aromas of aged hops, honey, flowers, caramel and a little oatmeal. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very little carbonation. Flavors of chocolate, (yes, chocolate!), caramel and dust. mmmmm....