kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle 2005. pours deep ruby red with a little off white head aroma is sweet caramel malt plum nutmeg taste is alcohol caramel malts hop bitterness in there as well. a smooth drinker though a little strong on the alcohol.
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Arome of toffee, coffee, vanilla, malty. Dark brown color tan head . Flavor of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, sweet malt. Creamy palate, low cabination. Overall great holiday beer reminds me of arm wrestling matches and knife fights in siberia
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a formidable deep, dark red with foamy off-white head and pretty good lacing. Nose of malts and alcohol. Very soft, spiceless flavors of pure, lightly roasted malts. Sweetness with hints of dark fruits and raisin from the alcohol. Incredibly smooth texture, rich and warming body, and very hidden alcohol. An excellent warmer.
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - MAR 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served cold from a bottle, pours a dark reddish brown with a nice tan-colored head. The aroma includes malts, but anything other than that i canít quite discern. the flavor is wonderful upon first taste, but the aftertaste is a little dry and bitter. Itís a fine beer, but not exemplary.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, this was a nice surprise. Picked it up on impulse at a local "mix & match" cooler. From a bottle, the beer pours a dark brown with reddish tint. Smallish tan head. Not a whole lot of aroma but the taste makes up for it. Very sweet and spicy with underlying citrus flavors. Decent hopping kicks in towards the end of the first taste. Not especially heavy and I didn't notice any untoward alcohol taste. This could easily become a favorite of mine, especially for the price ($6.99 per six pack at Brennans in Madison, WI).
Shot (256) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a fluffy beige head. Malty sweet aromas of caramel, brown sugar and chocolate. Flavors are brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, with coffee, toffee and ripe stone fruit in the finish. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a big malty ale. Very, very nice.
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
For a winter seasonal I think this could be brewed all year round. Seasonal gives you something to look foward to, but this is not the first on my mind. Okay, but I would have to try again.
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
fantastic looking beer, incredibly thick head on this one, leaves a film all the way down the glass, very strong malty flavor on this a little hint of alcohol and hops to balance it off a definate winner with this one, thanks probiere
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown with tan fluffy head. Smells of caramel and spice. Flavor of roasted nuts(filberts?), spice, and prune. Very balanced and not overly spiced like many winter ales.
Nihon (247) - Vernon, Connecticut, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby brown, very nutty pistachio, malty aroma. Malty nutty, candied fruit flavor. Very well balanced.