kindacold (206) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
2013 bottle. Pours reddish dark brown with thick tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of spices and grain. Light mouthfeel with fine carbonation. Lots of spices and pepper in the front, hints of celery, raisins, and a slightly hoppy finish in the back of the mouth. Throughout, there is a hint of orange pith. Slightly sticky finish.
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 Edition. Beautifiul dark mahogany with nice foamy head, which doesnít last, and bubbly lace. Aroma of cinnamon, clove, sweet fruit - bannana and bubble gum. Light at first, then a bit of sweetness, followed by cinammon stick, cedar, and then a clovey bitterness in the end. Very nice and warming. Spices are very nice and not overdone.
M82 (205) - Kansas, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Three year aged 2010 offers big cherry characteristics adorned with chocolatey, caramelly, spiced biscuit, bold flavor from a quaffable, slightly sticky medium
A deep mahogany body supports a fading, tight, delicate, frothy head which fades to a thick ring
I canít believe how well this 5.5% brew has held up, the aroma and flavors are saturated in rich cherry characteristics with herbal accents and delicate chocolatey, caramely, bready notes featuring whispers of vanilla, finishing with an eloquent base of yeasty, doughy biscuit accentuated by the aforementioned components
12oz 2010 vintage served at 55ļ into 15.125oz Riedel Vivant Chardonnay Tumbler
jehoesefat (205) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 release. Sweet herbal aroma. Pours clear ruby with a tan head. Great flavors, malty chocolate and herbs blend well.
VinegarStroke (202) - Napa, California, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: deep brown to black. Clear with very thick head. Huge lift of spice and florals. Some roasted flavors but they are dominated by the herbaceous additives. Dry, not sour and medium bitterness. Phenolic not bitter. Loads of flavor itís just that not all of itís nice.
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottle. Pours dark with a big head that laces well. Aroma of nutmeg and coriander. Taste is of a brown ale with the aforementioned spices. Mouthfeel is just right. Not an anytime beer, but very good for winter.
Fantomasus (200) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Magnum. Pours dark chocolate with a flimsy off white head. Smells of spice and cinnamon. Dry chocolate caramel flavor. Watery mouth feel with a dry finish. Donít go out of your way to get the 2007 Magnum. Maybe the 12 oz. bottle is better?
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, 2008 vintage. Pours clear and deep copper with a tan head. Aroma is malty, fruity (raisin), and spicy, with lots of nutmeg and some cardamom and vanilla. Flavor is bitter and spicy with a dry woody/peaty malt profile with some fruity esters. Body is a bit thin, but smooth, with relatively low carbonation. Distinguished from most other winter warmers by the heavy reliance and influence of the spices, almost at the expense of other flavor elements.
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2006. Pours clear dark red with a light-brown head. Aroma is moderatly malty; cookies, and toasted nuts. Flavor is well balanced, toasted malts with an average clean finish. Light to medium bodied watery and softly carbonated. Nice.
Cruzan59 (197) - Lititz, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
6-pack from Bottle King, Dumont, NJ...2008 bottle pours dark reddish brown, beige head...sweet smell of cherries, plum, malt, and chocolate...taste also includes fig and caramel, and a touch of vanilla...smooth mouthfeel, decent lacing...tasty brew.