DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 7, 2008
12oz bottle. Thanks to MaltOMeal for including this as an extra. Pours a very pretty burnt orange/red color with low carbonation. Some traces of a head start but quickly recede to just a thin layer of bubbles surrounding the glass. The aroma shows candied fruits, traces of hoppiness still linger (or are those just spices?). A lot of fruitiness with some pineapple and other tropical fruit. Smells remarkably similar to a Barley Wine though a little more tame perhaps. Taste is pretty thin and watery. Some traces of maltiness and caramel are present but it tastes like a normal BW watered down. Very quick finish. Interesting but not entirely successful. turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Dark red amber with a small wispy head.
Sweet malt and spice aroma and flavor.
Not bad. Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Mahagony color, light strawberry (?) in the nose. Taste is somewhat fruity with a spicy lemony finish. Thanks Fly! DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2006
Barrel Draught from the jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 01/10/2005
Amber coloured and strong in alcohol with a fruit aroma. Lasting malt finish. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Poured a hazy copper color with a thin off white head. Sweet and malty aroma with some notes of maple syrup. Light spice. The flavor too was sweet and malty. Very spicey on the flavor. Almost burns. The finish was dry and spicey.
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2006
Clear copper color with moderate tan head. Nose is slightly malty and fruity with hints of plums. Flavor is fruity and spicy, but not much hops. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 25, 2006
(12oz bottle) Hazy copper body topped by medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, allspice, bread. Taste is moderately sweet, candied orange, bread/caramel, spice/allspice, some raisin. Medium body, alcohol warming. Good, but a bit too sweet for my liking. BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2007
This beer struck me as being overly light for a Christmas beer, and is rather thing from a mouthfeel perspective. This beer also struck me as overly light in hoppiness, and a bit unbalanced in terms of too much malted milk ball character.
Beer pours a sparkling amber color with excellent head formation (cumulus and towering and composed of tiny bubbles). Aroma is lightly fruity hoppiness with too much maltiness for my liking. Mouthfeel is rather flat. Flavor is a light sweet maltiness with a whiff of sweet hoppiness. I’m not really impressed with this beer.
Not really recommended, but not too bad (can’t say too much negative about it). holdenn (2127) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2007
12 oz bottle thanks to an extra by lb4lb. Pours a clear red/amber with a white head that fades over time. Nose is malty. Candy, red fruit, a hint of chocolate and malt notes that remind me of cheap whiskey. Fruity flavors, a little too sweet. Cherry, pale malts with a touch of alcohol warmth. Almost no spice for a Christmas ale. Meh. ok. yespr (48954) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2008
12 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy orange with a fully gone head. Oxidised and mild malty aroma with a light orange fruity note. Medium sweet and caramelish malt flavour with a mild citric and bitter note. Lingering fruity finish with a low bitterness and mild fruity flavour.