2mu2ku (20) - - NOV 26, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Not what I expect of a winter beer. Hoppy and no malty flavor. Wonít be purchasing in the future.
kimjongill (203) - - NOV 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice ruby appearance with off-white head. Good but generic malty aroma. Decently strong, malty taste, with a lot of english hop flavor. Decent mouthfeel.
maxwelldeux (2713) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2012
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a moderate off-white head. Tiny bit of roasting in the nose, but a strong malty smell. Taste is a tad sweet and a little harsh. Meh.
BHeart (72) - - NOV 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, toasted grain aroma, hazelnuts, hint of coffee, choco. Smooth, more coffee flavor, some hazelnut, slightly boozy aftertaste.
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ajnepple (1092) - Clear Creek County, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2013 Pours a mahogany color with a thin lacing of head. Smells malty and a little of chocolate. Tastes like it smells. Medium-bodied and a little sticky mouthfeel. Sweet and nutty after taste. An enjoyable strong winter ale.
Chudwick (1552) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle - pours amber with thin tan head and decent lacing. Nose is cardboard. Flavor adds chocolate, caramel, light smoke and a general malt character that my nose could not detect. Honestly, I was worried until the brew hit my lips. Light to moderate sweetness. Wonderful nutty aftertaste. Hides the 8.3% quite well. Sticky mouthfeel.
Jow (1679) - New York, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the Stags head. Pours deep mahogany with thin soapy head. Nose of dark fruits, caramel, and malt. You can taste burnt toffee, spruce, leather, earth, plums, brandy, and cough syrup. lingering on palate
NikkTwist (1247) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Farmers Cabinet. Clear dark red pour with a pillowy white head. Bitter sweet chocolate. Raisin pie. Plum pudding. Nice full body. Dark and sweet. Well blended. Full flavors.
rollinsr (303) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - NOV 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear and brown with a couple fingers of tan and frothy head. Aroma is yeasty with some smoky malts. There are also hints of the mocha and toffee. Taste is even more of the malts without much of the yeast ester overtones. The hazelnut flavor seems to shine through at the beginning and then gives rise to a nice warming alcohol sensation.
freeofthoughts (595) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One year bottle pours clear reddish dark copper with a little beige suds. The smell is simple malty goodness with a toasted nutty nature. The flavor is rich toffee and a sweet near creamy malt kick. It is slightly grainy but smooth and easy to take large drinks. The hops have mellowed and add a great balance without a lot of flavor, tho some grassy herbal tones come through. Easy medium body with soft carbonation leave a malty drying feel. Towards the end I caught some nice sweet vine fruits too. A nice seemingly simple full flavored brew done well.