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.
Chadski4 (170) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Alcohol very present in the flavors. Surpasses a sub-par pour and vegetal aroma. Nice creamy finish.
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.
truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear, moderately dark brown with a decent cream head that drops quickly. Aroma seemed muted with little to distinguish it. Packs a quick hop bite that fades quickly on the back of the tongue, leaving a tingly, citrusy carbonated taste. The alcohol presence is very hidden. I might try to cellar this to see if it improves. It’s good, but not my favorite winter seasonal.
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very oxidized. And its off a keg. Oxidation of the nose and on the tongue. Not a good beer. Some sweet caramel, which is its only redeeming quality.
BrewMstr (166) - Pleasant View, Utah, USA - NOV 26, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, fruity, spicy, and strong enough to put some color in your cheeks. Great winter warmer with noted of cherry, ginger with a solid malt backbone.
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Carmel color head. Pours a mahogany hue. Aroma: sweet malt , toffee,
Strong burnt flavor with coffee, chocolate, toffee aftertone. Heavy body coats mouth and throat.
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Imbibed in November 2002. Faint hops and malt in the aroma. A clear ruby amber color with large bubbles in a thin head. Nutty, roasted malt flavors with a hoppy aftertaste. Faint spice flavor present. Smooth. The alcohol was not at all obvious.
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep ruby- brownish color with a nice thick head. Aroma of malty nuts, fruit,chocolate, and alcohol. Smooth body with hints of carbonation. This is a great winter brew. Smooth enough, tasy enough, and very warming.