jtclockwork (17264) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Pours a muddy copper color. Lacks the spices and warmth you’d expect from a holiday ale. Nose and taste is mostly malts, caramels and roasted barley. Rated 1/8/01 philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2010
Portland Brewing Company, Inc.--Bobby Dazzler Old London Style Holiday Ale.
1999 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear burgundy brown color. Pours thick with spicy floral hop aroma. Rich spicy cherry toasted body with sweet balanced by spice hop. Crusty hoppy earthy base to roasted flavor that lingers to end. Sampled 11/15/1999.
2000 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Clear bronze red color. Floral coriander spice hoppy front. Rich roasted, mild black cherry fruit, balanced sweet, medium textured body. Good flavor. Clean end with hot hoppy spicy notes. Very Good. Sampled 11/1/2000.
2001-A Bobby Dazzler Top 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear rich deep red color. Carbonated front with hoppy toasted mild winter spice. Thin toasted dry black cherry spice body. Crisp aromatic flavor. Lingering toasted mild hop sweet fruit spice end. Subdued. Sampled 11/28/2001.
2001-B MacTarnahans Top 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear rich copper amber color. Spicy front with nutmeg hop notes. Crisp tart dry amber ale body. Good lace in nice head. Slightly sweet. Spicy mild hop cinnamon end. Somewhat hoppy. Sampled 2/14/2002.
2001-C Happy Holidays Top 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Clear thin copper ruby color. Spicy malty medium floral hop front. Sweet mild caramel maltiness. Lingering sweetness in mild hop finish. Tasty slightly spicy and sweet rich. Sampled /17/2002.
bhensonb (15751) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Really old bottle from Liquid Solutions. Used to drink this years ago. Bet it has stayed well. Pours clear, dark, ruddy copper with a decent foamy tan head. Aroma is of really dark fruits. It has changed. Medium body with very mild carbonation. Flavor is chalky, bitter evergreen, muddy malt. Turns up a chocolate note. Love drinking this old stuff. I think this is 8 years in the bottle. Held up well. Especially for 6.5. They should revisit the recipe and revamp it into IS. This will never get there, but it has taken the first step. Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2009
Blast from the past here. Dark amber pour with light white head. Very sweet smelling, fruits and malt with very little hop action. Same thing in the flavor, very much a sweeter moderate abv beer. Not really my thing then and definitely not now. RSRIZZO (2032) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Had this beer on 1/12/2000. Aroma is a rich sweet malt scent. Color is a rich bright amber, carbonation is light with good head. Taste is full and roasted. Starting with a full body it goes down smooth and rich. Finish is a deep roasted flavor backed with a strong hop bitterness. Overall it seems to be a good winter brew.
oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Pours a nice dark reddish amber color. Aromas of HOPS, and some other hints, maybe fruit, maybe caramel. Flavor is a bittersweet, malty, and hoppy with a nice dry finish. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2005
Dark Brown/Red coloring with White Ring. Dried Cranberry, Sweet, and Malty Aroma. Sweet and Malty on Tongue as Well.. Cherry and Cranberry, Dry Ending. Nice. badgerben (5323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2005
Pours the color of mud. Heavy malt and caramel aroma. Rich malt in the taste with a bit of sweetness and almost a pinch of salt. Simple, but kinda tasty! beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2005
An interesting brew that i found the other day but hasn’t been around for a while. Pours a dark copper red, very clear, with a white head. Aroma is very strong and sweet, just like a well aged barleywine, big caramel malts, brown sugar. Taste was a big letdown though, very thin body with much less sweetness. There was a bit of oxidation in the finish and some faint spicing. I think this brew is a bit past its prime. JPDIPSO (6286) - Wauwatosa, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Chestnut color with hues of garnet. Beige smallish head. Spicy hops and moderate malt nose. Roasted and caramel malts with a acidic hop bite. Some light fruits mid quaff. Light feel.