Floback (500) - Naples, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2007 Pours a monstrous sustaining 1.5 inch tan head over a very dark amber/brown body. Strong nose of coffee, roasted nuts, and chocolate malts. Flavors continue with more coffee, malts, candy sugar, cocoa, caramel, oak, and toffee. Mild hops in the palate. Medium/hard carbonation and full body. A pleasing and warming mouthfeel combined with robust flavors aid in alcohol concealment. A very nice ale for snowy nights that are the things of fantasy down here.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 bottle consumed on 11/22/08
Fresh this is a little hot with alcohol, I find this vintage to be pouring perfectly, nice little head capping my glass, smells pof cherries, prunes and spices. And to no surprise, it tastes like it smells. Mouthfeel is perfect, perfect viscosity, sits on your tongue but not for too long.
AJofDenver (71) - Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The color of this beer is deep dark and brownish with hints of an amber outter ring. The scent starts with hints of nuts and finishes with a trace of vanilla. This beer has a flavor a sweet coffee like start and finshes with hints of brown sugar.
sthlm (1255) - Iowa, USA - SEP 18, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[Bottle] Pours dark reddish-brown with a decent, light brown head. Aroma is brown sugar, marshmallow, honey, blackberry, light cocoa. Taste is nutty, good bitterness, toasted malt, caramel, prunes, alcohol, light citrus and blackberry again. Excellent. Good mouthfeel, smooth, with a long finish. Wow, this is a really nice beer. I definitely will be buying this again, and would like to try it with some age on it.
b79turner (208) - Alabama, USA - OCT 23, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at J Clyde. Pours a dark brown with a small head and good lacing. Nose in hoppy with a little sweetness. Taste is the same, complex...bitterness is well balanced with sweetness. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. No alcohol burn, I wish there was more. That would really take this "winter warmer" over the top for me.
BrewMstr (26) - 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.
UltraViolence (20) - USA - JUL 1, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2009 Massively underrated. Unlike most run-of-the-mill holiday offerings, this beer isnít jacked up on spice just to meet the expectations of the category. The considerable alcohol Ƙ% ABV) isnít forward, and takes a back seat...this is a lovely, malty bastard with some coffee and nuts on the follow through. Especially enjoyed it on tap at Meade Street Station, West Highlands, Denver. Drink after coming in from the snow...thatís why it exists.
mcrowther (36) - ATLANTA, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite winter beers. a ton of complex maltiness with some fruit and just a tinge of alcohol and hops to keep things interesting. Extremely drinkable and a good contrast to my other hoppier winter faves like SNCA. Averyís best beer IMHO.
Angelmonster (101) - 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
reberiii (194) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red pour from draft, three fingers of taupe foam. Seasonal spice aroma, slight caramel flavor, slight roast finish. A must try.