BMan1113VR (7884) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Special thanks to ilovedarkbeer. Smells sweet and fruity with cookie malts, cherries and hazlenut. Beautiful dark red-brown color with some small particles floating around. There is a small creamy head with excellent lacing. Taste is of chocolate malts and is somewhat bitter at the end. Taste reminds me of a Porter a bit. Medium to full body with a dry mouthfeel and a bit too fizzy carbonation. Overall very good!
Scopey (7880) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Meddlesome Moth, Dallas. It pours a deep ruby-brown colour with small foamy beige head. The nose is fairly subtle - red berries, nuts and caramel. The taste is date, raisin, plum, leather, oak, liquorice, nuts, varnish, a little honey and some lemon sherbet with an astringent-bitter finish. The overall taste is quite dry and bit too savoury, making it quite difficult to finish.
mcberko (7830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, pours dark amber. Aroma of English malts and sweet dried fruits. The flavour reveals much more complexity, with the aforementioned English malts and sweet dried fruits, along with prominent wood and hazelnut. A little cloying in sweetness, but this is a great winter warmer.
DrSilverworm (7692) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Clear copper color, minimal cream-colored head. Webby on the surface. Decent lace. Very drinkable, light carbonation. Gets substantially better after sitting a bit. Typical christmas spices. A decent christmas that improves after it warms. Nothing particularly outstanding or unique, however.
rosenbergh (7644) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml bottle. From København, Denmark.
Dark reddish brown colour with average off-white head.
Sweetish dark hoppy, roasted malty aroma with some winey elements.
Dark roasted malt, sweet hops, caramel in flavour.
Sweet, thick and full brew.
Skinnyviking (7433) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2006
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Off-white lasting head. Clear dark red body. Barley aroma. Hazelnut cocoa flavor ending with a pleasant bitterness.
deyholla (7370) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Petrol Station. Pours a clear amber brown with a deep gray head that dissipates to the edges and laces nicely. Aroma has notes of caramel and sweet grain with a hint of backing toffee. Flavor begins with a hint of bread and grains and finishes with sweet grains, a bit of hops and toffee.
BVery (7261) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear mahogany pour with a fluffy off white head. Aroma and taste of nuts, caramel, and dark fruit. Slightly hoppy. Good.
j12601 (7248) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mini growler from Half-Time. Pours a clear red brown with a hefty light tan head. Lots of malt, caramel, toffee, and toast on the nose. Medium bodied and a little sweet, with hints of cereal grains. Nice warming malt finish with just a touch of hoppy bitterness.
Ibrew2or3 (7232) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber color with a wisp of an off white head. Multiple malt notes in the aroma along with a Barleywine style smell (yum). Big malt flavor combining crystal malts to give the caramel flavor, cherry like sweetness and highly roasted malts (such as black patent) for a porter like taste component near the end of the swill. Starting to notice burnt and coffee flavors too. Very good.