Merlin8000 (9) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
LOTS of flavors and aromas going on here.
While I enjoy it when I have it, I find that its much better in small quantities as it tends to kill off most of the ability to taste anything else after a while.
I usually keep it around for a good hearty meal or to complement a milder beer.
fiveacestx (628) - Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2014
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle - Dark tea color with a bubbly head with retention. Has a rubbery hop taste. Some spices. Medium body. There are much better Christmas ales out there.
JHeath99 (1096) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap. Pours a transparent amber work a layer of off white head. Aroma and taste of malts and small amounts of spice.
Nejhleader (1261) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A 2014 version. Has a grass aroma with a hint of chocolate and hops. Taste is a toasted cereal with a hint of hops.
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
"a little spice, a little hops, and a little citrus on the finish & (for the season) thin body. sorry thereís not more detail, but i had this over the winter and lost the notes. not a future revisit."
TattooJack (140) - Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I donít think this beer was in season, the best before date was marked 3/14/12 (bought on 9/7/14) I didnít see that until after I finished the 6-pack. Nice brown ale, hope I donít die.
jerseyjohn71 (199) - corsicana, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
caramel, bread, nuts, resin, grass, citrus, herbs, dough, red, brown, clear, tan foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, soft carbonation, long finish,
TheJestersBeer (2123) - SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a medium amber, with a white head.
Hoppy, resiny aroma, orange peel, caramel, toffee, spruce.
Dry, medium bodied, mid to high bitterness, balanced CO2.
Hoppy, caramelly taste, resin, orange peel, quite spicy, spruce, earth.
Quite enjoyable, fairly light bodied, but drinkable nevertheless.
Darkmagus82 (1785) - - MAY 17, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Transfer from BA -
Poured from bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass
Appearance - Brownish with a bit of red hue. A off color white head formed upon pouring, which gave way quickly with no lacing.
Smell - Sweet smells of caramel and brown sugar up front. These are followed by nutmeg and possibly the slightest bit of cinnamon.
Taste - Not as sweet as would have expected. Much more burnt tasting with a bit of spiciness of nutmeg. There are slight sweet notes of brown sugar later on, but they pale in what would be expected from the smell.
Mouthfeel - Rather average. A little watery with a fair amount of carbonation.
Overall - Nothing to special. If looking for a winter warmer this is not the brew.
superspak (2778) - Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/14/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy brown copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light chocolate, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, light nuttiness, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light chocolate, grapefruit, orange zest, citrus peel, floral, grass, light pine, light nuttiness, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light chocolate, grapefruit, orange zest, citrus peel, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice hoppy brown ale. Good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
TXBadger (1488) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from notes: pours a nice darker red amber color with off-white head. Some pine, spice, and malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a cedar/oak wood note. Interesting.