pepperford (115) - robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pleasant dark red coloring with a little lacing on the glass. Nutty, malty and spicy taste with a rounded, almost oily mouth feel. A nice winter beer. Would go good with beef tips or a nutty cheese, or maybe nuts.
Kuzo (115) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a mahogany with thin tan head. Aroma is roasted nutty malts with hints of cocoa. Flavor is strong roasted malts, coffee, with a nice dry bitterness on the finish. This one is a bit heavy on the palate but has a crisp bite. The alcohol is hidden well which makes this drinkable. Has a slight resemblance to a scotch ale. Very good winter seasonal.
jeg (114) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red- brown color, with a medium sized tan head. Nose is malty with molasses. Malty, caramel, cookie taste. Very nice.
Angelmonster (113) - Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a big 3 finger off white head. Body is a clear mahogany brown with lots of bubbles rising. Head retention is above average but the lacing is very good
Aroma is of sweet roasted caramel malt and some herbal hops. Alcohol is also slightly detected. A bit underwhelming compared to taste
First taste reminds me of an English barleywine. Tons of malt come through ranging from flavors of brown sugar to smoked malt and even some copper. Hops are also there, slightly bitter but mostly floral and earthy. Alcohol adds a touch of warmth to the finish.
Mouth feel is good. Carbonation is sufficient. Beer is medium bodied, about average consistency for a winter beer. Wish head contributed more to body, it died down towards last quarter of glass.
Drink ability was great. Rather session able strong ale. Very complex beer, almost flawless. Winter is my favorite season for beer and this one is one of the best seasonal beers around
JCastner (112) - New York, USA - JAN 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark cherry or deep, deep burgundy (almost black). Aroma is first of fruit (cherries, raspberries), caramel, and then of some butter. Mouthfeel is medium/heavy almost chewy. Taste is first of sweet malt, followed by some bitterness, and then a spicy finish. What a wonderful seasonal.
tilldeath (109) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2009
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Good mouthfeel was about it, too malty and the alcohol in thus one came through almost sour with a hot finish, says in the description no spices used and it’s true. That is where I think this beer could be much better, with some spice added.
UofFkid (108) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber pour with small lacing. Nice molasses aroma upon opening, very nice. Big fan of Holiday beers, this is a nice offering.
nhamilton (103) - Cibolo, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
When you open the bottle you can smell the aroma instantly, maybe walnuts roasted over a fire. has a very strong taste with a hint of seasonal flavoring. Has a slight aftertaste. Not a bad beer, just not my type.
beerbiere (101) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light brown, small compact head with some laces, carbonation is rather low. Sugar-candy, vanilla, rhum soaked fruit cake, caramel, ruby-red grapefruit and a bit spicy (nutmeg?). Well balanced, starts candy sweet then the hops deploy their presence with grace and elegance; never is it too sweet nor too bitter, yet the bitterness lasts for quite a long time. The body is round enough to be satisfying but the beer never feels heavy. Surprisingly refreshing, still credible as a digestive. Very enjoyable!
k9coug (101) - USA - DEC 16, 2008
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bought this bottle off the bargain shelf at my locale homebrew shop, so don’t know what year it was brewed. It might have been passed its prime. I am surprised by the rating, the alcohol content and the claim of no spicing. Very skeptical that the spiciness was made by malt and hops alone.