walrussell (179) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Like a caramely, vanilla-y, slightly chocolatey ipa. That’s how hoppy it is. Unique in its combo of flavors. Some nuttiness and woodiness come through too. It is very good for winter. Excellent.
luvcasks (178) - USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 version - brilliantine Mahogay with thin creamy tan head...and nice long legs
Aroma: Some treacle/toffee like notes with sherry like leaning towards tart notes
Flavor: medium-rich Malt complexity leaning towards dark malts with nutty and dark fruits (dates and dark raisins) with nice balance of spicy hop flavor.
Finish: Creamy, cocoa power and long with sizeable alcoholic warmth
Overall: I think this is a very well made beer... I know Strong Ales should have some alcoholic warmth... in this sample I am picking up some higher alcohols and the sherry notes dont seem balanced with the age of sample. If this is usual, maybe wait a while before trying it.
FLnative80 (174) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 12 fl. oz. A dark ruby color with fluffy, off-white head. Sweet, aroma of malt, fruits, caramel, and light hops. Medium bodied, creamy texture. Flavor is sweet toffee, then light hoppy bitterness. A good, malty brew.
FlyingSwine (174) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark red/brown with a one-finger head that stuck around for a while. Aroma of fruit and malt. Strong malt flavor with a semi-dry, caramel finish. Nice creamy palate. Overall one of my favorite seasonals. Excellent winter brew!
udflyerfan07 (173) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at South Park Tavern, Dayton, OH. Poured a nice amber, thick color with tan head. Good full bodied beer just a bit heavy for me on a super hot October day.. Good winter offering though with nice caramel and nut flavor.
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz in a winter seasonals 12pk. Pours a dark amber/light brown with tannish head and good lacing. Aroma is hops, malt, bread. Taste is malty, earthy, nutty, and a surprising hoppy bite. Alcohol is well hidden, this is nice and unique beer - it’s unique because it’s simple, no spices. Very nice.
hockey9930 (171) - - NOV 28, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark reddish amber with a half inch head and good lacing. A nice looking beer. Spicy and slightly nutty. Dry hops and lingering bitterness. Light bodied and thin. Lively carbonation.
Azand222 (171) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour. Hazy reddish brown color with a light tan head. Aroma is quite yeasty, malty, and light notes of toffee. Taste is diverse; mocha, hazelnut, overall spicy. The finish is very woody and malty. Overall pretty full bodied, a good beer. Hides the 8.3%abv well.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep mahogony with a very malty front and end. Hops are much less pronounced than the malt. Flavor of burnt cookies and prunes. A nice finish with a toasty aftertaste. Decent.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - NOV 8, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful brew. Sticky and spicy. Fairly sweet. Great winter warmer.