porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - DEC 14, 2005
(Draft) Orangey amber with a smallish off white head. Prominent inviting aromatic hop nose, plus some maltiness. Nice lacing. Mouthfeel smooth. Flavor very nicely transits from distinct floral hoppiness to pleasant mellow bitterness in finish. entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2005
The more this ages the more it takes on the characteristics of a nice barleywine. Spiced but not overly, very hoppy in the SN tradition. As it ages the flavors round out nicely and the beer becomes richer. Megan (101) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Went on holiday beer buying spree. This was one (at Target!) This was slightly hoppy, which I’m not a fan of, and pretty strong tasting. I think I made Dave drink the rest. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2011 Bottle on 11/10/2010. Clear golden amber body with a small off-white head. Sweet caramel, spice and floral hop aroma. Big floral/citrus hop flavor with light spice and caramel notes. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
7/4/7/3/15 - 3.6
Updated on 07/12/2008. Bottle from 2007. Copper amber boy with a large creamy off-white head. Sweet fruity aroma with citrus and resiny hops. Clear floral and resiny hop flavor with a mild bitter finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
Original rating on 12/12/2005. Dark amber color with a thick frothy head. Hoppy aroma with a mildly hoppy flavor. Original score: 7/4/8/3/16 ABUSEDGOAT (2758) - California, USA - DEC 12, 2005
2005 bottle: Deep hazy amber body with a nice head. Aroma is hops galore yet balanced. Grapefruit, citrus, caramel, pine, etc all come out in the aroma. Flavor is the same, well balanced. Not a lot of bite that I usually enjoy but this was wonderfully done.
Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2005
This holiday treat made my hind leg twitch! I love full blown hoppy beers, love a beer that exceeds the 6.5% abv level and I love any beer that is made once a year for a season that accepts family drunkness. The brew poured a cloudy reddish-yellow with a major frothy head witch lasted the whole beer and left its marks up and down the glass. Floral hops everywhere. A high powered IPA with a sweet warming finish. Santa’s Milk is gonna taste a little funny this year! GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2005
White head on a golden body. Strong hoppy aroma. Mellon hop flavor. Not very distinctive. kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2005
bottle pours a golden orange thin white head little lacing. aroma is huge floral hops and citrus notes. taste is citrusy hops malt quite bitter yet smooth and refreshing. radagast83 (8059) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2008 Bottle. Thick long lasting head. Quite good. Honey colored. Rich flavor, with a slight berry and honey flavor, quite spicy. Definitely a IPA.
I recently (Jan 2007) had a bottle from 2001. Very smooth, mellow, poured still with a white head, less carbonation, still a very pine and citrus flavor. cbrixius (136) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2005
While working up a lather cutting down the Douglas Fir in the back of the overworked Christmas tree lot, by all means do yourself a favor and stop by the distributor for this newly arrived ale. It’s classic, piney, hoppy, flavor will put a smile on your face as you struggle with that darned undersized tree stand and the impossible balancing act between the screws and the crooked, sappy tree trunk. If it was a truly harrowing experience, you may down a whole sixer to celebrate. Merry Christmas and thank you, Sierra Nevada.