Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Many thanks to Eric for the 2003 bottle! Poured deep, hazy mahogany with a short cap of beige head (mostly a loose-bubbled ring). The aroma picked up sweet, toasty molasses, honey, and cane sugar with oxidation providing complexity rather than hurting the experience.. sticky-sweet and malty, with any semblance of hops long gone. The flavor found molasses, honey, and rum character at the core, laced with dry black peppery alcohol and some oxidation.. sticky on the finish with a warm, boozed up brownie impression.. tasty stuff! Medium-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. nicely warming and spicy.. this held up very well with age, and to me was a better version of Anchor OSA. drowland (9080) - Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
2/25/12. Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Dark brown pour with a small head. Bold, rich, fruity aroma with plenty of dark fruits, brown sugar, and molasses. Even richer flavor with sweet caramels, brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruits. Not bad! BillKismet (4138) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2002
While having a lovely maroon cidery appear that lacks a head aside from a sparse ring of bubbles, this adequately named beer is a liquid Christmas tree in aroma and flavor. Floral (Cascade?) hops interplay with english candy malts in both aroma and flavor--though the former is slightly more pleasing. Nicely balanced winter selection with some bitter/sour notes on finish. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
sampled at RBSG 04
This pours clear dark brown with a spicy aroma. It’s interesting trying to get into a Christmas beer in July. It’s a good winter beer. BrewDad (5667) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2006
A great winter warmer. Dark borwn color with a slight hoppy hint this was a nice beer to drink. Great dark malts, hops and aroma from the start to the finish. A strong percentage beer that was a great winter style brew.
PhillyBeer2112 (2896) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Strong raisin-molasses nose, figs and other dark fruits. Some alcoholic wafts, too. Flavor comes across milder, yeasty (I got alot of sediment), and a nice medium hoppy finish, perhaps a touch of grapefruit. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2006
Thanks Chuck. The beer pours to a transparent brown body with a thin beige head. The aroma is rum cake, figs and other dark fruits, spruce. The flavor is a spruce tree sap, molasses, limes. The palate is resiny, medium bodied, spicy. LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2006
Thanks to Chuck for the sample. Has a rather pleasant malty and citrusy aroma. Nice darker amber color with a foamy tan head. Nice malty flavor. Has a good body. Overall, this is pretty good. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 1, 2010
12oz bottle from riversideAK, thanks Alex. Rating #71. Dark amber with a pinch of orange thrown in there, the head was slightly off-white and held up pretty well, lacing was minimal and spotty, but what was left stuck around for a bit. Sweet and a little spicy candy like aroma, some caramel, maybe a bit of cinnamon. Flavor was similar, light sweetness and a bit of alcohol, but it was a smooth alcohol and pretty good. (1344) duff (5486) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2004
Bottle-In the vaulst of HI International. Pretty piney and hoppy in flavour. Woody, citrusy. Syrupy texture, slightly sticky, leafy finish. OK, a touch too sweet and sticky.