bhensonb (14498) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewpub as Holiday Spiced Brown Ale. Dark amber brown color with a slight tan head. Spicey aroma. Flavors of vanilla and Xmas spice. Very tasty.
DYCSoccer17 (3664) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16 ounce pint sampled from the cask at the brewpub in Sacramento, CA. Plenty of anise in the nose with a little roastiness and some allspice? present, too. Seems dominated by the anise. Moderately hazy mahogany body with a frothy light tan head with some light pink hues present, too. Nice lacing. A very attractive brew. Very spicy with some coriander, allspice? at the start. Bitter, powdery mouthfeel in the middle. Lightly sweet flavors are present in the middle as well...a bit doughy. More spiciness late. Interesting. Not bad, but it just seems to have some discordance.