jefcon (1514) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’ve had this many times, but just now getting around to rating it. Lots of holiday aromas -- citrus, light wood smoke and chocolate. Really crisp, but I am drinking this one right off the store shelf. Long, clear and bright orange, lemon middle of the palate. Comforting; like the rock of a cradle.
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11/24/2014. From bottle. Dark reddish brown with a tan head. Sweet malty aromas. Hints of dried fruit and caramel. Oily texture, toffee, malt and nutty flavors with a boozy finish.
HonusWagner (1743) - Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice sticky/nutty sweet but not cloying strong ale/old ale type thing. I don’t get the mocha/coffee aspect described above, but a quite nice beer regardless.
bubblehouse (808) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a bad beer. A little week in the aroma but is very flavorful. Will keep you warm on a cold snowy nov 16th
DocJitsu (1295) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an Amber brown color with tons of particulate matter floating throughout. It has a short caramel colored head.aroma is dominated by caramel. Mildly thick mouth feel. Just a bit of carbination bite in the back of the throat. Toasted and caramel malt forward.
commonmac (695) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Bulldog Lowertown. Pint glass. Very little head and plenty of darkness. Dark brown to black in color. Faint aroma with some malt presence. Serves as a prelude to the malt-centric taste. Roasted qualities are obvious with balance kind of missing. A freshness is there which is appreciated. Caramel. Not a lot of bitterness. Pretty good even though this review isn?t all that jubilant.
commonshawn (673) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at bulldog lowertown. Black with small head. Malty aroma. Slightly sweet and very malty and warming. Very low bitterness. Soft mouthfeel. Nice finish.
maltman53 (432) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - NOV 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours mahogany brown. The flavors on the palate are mostly caramel with a coca-cola finish. Overall, would like to see more structure in this beer, but it does hide its ABV quite well.
gripweed57 (999) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a small creamy beige head. Aroma of roasted malt and dark fruit. Upfront, their is a rich roasted maltiness with hints of cocoa, nuts and burnt caramel. Some resiny hops come through in the finish, and the rich dark malts begin to mellow a tad. A long bitter, roasty aftertaste completes this hearty, warming ale. I might set a few bottles down to see how they age.
tillmac62 (445) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
BOD 267/14. Dark amber pour with a very deep dark ruby cast. Below average head, lacing and retention. Subtle, but nice, nose of dark fruit (plums, figs) over a biscuit like sweet base with strong caramel notes. Almost medium body with a slickness that becomes more pronounced as it warms. Above average carbonation with some effervescence in the middle and finish. The flavor profile is intense, very complex and well balanced until the finish. It begins with a smooth blend of flavors that tend to cascade to the forefront. Sweet biscuit and caramel begin, then yield to the dark fruit over a very mild toffee note. The middle is mildly bitter with a citric rind like note that fades into bitter dark chocolate. The long finish is where the alcohol comes to the forefront, but is somewhat masked by a residual sweetness. A grain alcohol like aftertaste lingers.