rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Imbibed in November 2002. A mildly hoppy aroma. A dark ruby brown color with a quick brown head. Flavor start of hoppy, then the malts assert themselves, followed by the hops again with a bitter aftertaste. Lightly carbonated on the tongue but no visible bubbles. A dry finish. igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 14, 2003
deep brown/garnet color with lots of carbonation and a decent frothy beige head. aroma is very nutty and malty sweet. almost has a cereal grainy quality to it. bit of alcohol in the flavor and a rather intrusive grainy aftertaste...not bad though. more malt than
i"d like..of course that is to be expected. i suspect there arent many on this site more one-sided than myself..oh well. daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2003
Bright red color, foamy tan head. Fresh candyish malt in the nose with a good touch of fruity hops. Big juicy hop presence in the body backed up by a good firm maltiness and a shot of alcohol. Finishes nicely balanced with a touch of hops and a good burst of malt. Very nice strong ale, one of the better winter ales I tried this year. Bierlieber (49) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2003
good strong beer. six of these plus a shot or two of bushmills and all is right for a while. good warm alchohol notes if not served too chilled. Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Nice dark color with a fairly nice creamy head. Too much orange and malt for me.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2003
Dark orange-copper color, huge foamy off white head, leaves a nice lace in the glass, malty caremel aroma, medium bodied, watery mouthfeel. It does finish dry and crisp, not bad, drinkable. Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2003
who said barleywine,whew maybe I had one to many, but I can still type and this still is not a BW, very malty and a decent winter warmer, spicy, and flavours of caramel,and hops. Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Aroma is mostly malty, with some dark breadiness and toffee, along with a bit of hop spice and a tiny dash of alcohol. Dark red in color with slight head and lacing. Flavor has some depth, with a blend of lightly toasted, caramelized malt, light fruitiness, a profound and lingering spiciness, and earthy, piney, spicy hop flavors. Finishes malty, nutty and lightly bitter and then dries out leaving the very holiday-oriented spiciness. Body and mouthfeel are medium and the palate is not over carbonated. Actually a pretty decent beer, some subtlety. bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Dark amber and brown pour with a thin head and decent lacing. A good mix of spices and fruitiness. Definitely an easy drink. Dogbrick (13036) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2002
2002 Bottle: This is a decent enough seasonal. Pours a dark brown color with a medium thin off-white head that lasted almost the entire glass. Minimal lacing. Aroma of malt, nutmeg (?) and brown sugar. Flavor is rich and strong in alcohol and malt flavors although the ABV really isn’t that high. Finish is rather sweet and nutty. Of the seasonals I have tried this year, it is better than average.