mpersinger (360) - , California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle cellared for a year (or has it been two? Maybe they should put a vintage on the label, or I should date my beers when I cellar them...). Pours very bright and clear with color of amber resin and beige plush half-inch head that leaves lacing. Aroma is bready and doughy with a rich portion of molasses, as well as a clove note. There’s rich dark fruit on nose, followed by toffee and sweetbread flavors (reminiscent of British yeast contributions plus specialty malts like Victory) as well as flour (from oxidation?) ; alcohol presents itself mid-palate, which then melds with hefty balance note of bittering hop finish with some drying. Like a lean old ale, reminds me a of a leaner and much meaner London Pride).
Bricktop86 (691) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 31, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark red with a white head. Aroma is brown sugar, dark fruit and wood. Taste follows nose
mybrainhurts (390) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 7, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of candied fruitcake and molasses. Flavors of dark fruits, aged caramel, and biscuits. Finishes thin and boozy. Not bad but the ending is disappointing.
katrinaez (947) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A decent warmer. Nice dark color, deep red brown and hazy. Scent has some cloves and grassy spice. Sweet scent, but taste didn’t carry that over. Light taste for a warmer. Nice and lifting. Mouth feel is clean. Tap
chuckstout (331) - Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice color and bubbles, nice earthy minty, raisin burnt sugar character, a bit much alcohol
PhatB420 (792) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle into glass. Pours a rich Amber brown. Light white lacing, clings in areas, head is about 3cm. Aroma of cherry cola, dark fruits, oak, rum. Taste of berries, booze guidance, tart apple, ripe cherry. Great seasonal beer. Dark fruits linger afterwards.
odannyob (112) - Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from 2 each very cold 12 oz. cans into an english pint glass (the remaining ale kept cold in de can in de fridge) and, my goodness, a near perfect warming ale befitting as befitting the snow beginning to fall.
A full, warm aroma of dark malts; a hardy, reddish-brown color; tastes that satisfy the wintering soul. my take: ENJOY!
woodychevy (752) - - DEC 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great for the style. They managed to bring out spicy/ festive notes without adding any actual spice- malts come together beautifully. Pours a pale mahogany. Super nutty. On the sweet side but spice tempers it. Not overlyl boozy for 8.3%. Better than I expected.
jonhall (62) - - DEC 21, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour from can in recently bought six pack so no additional aging by me. Mahogany with soft white cloud of a head. Smoother than I expected and not boozy, up front molasses, some toffee, vanilla, very clean finish. Need to retry after some aging as I suspect it will improve but this was very good as is.
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jmohno (1400) - Iowa, USA - DEC 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a reddish brown. Thin head. Aroma of caramel malt, sweet fruit, light chocolate, slight roast. Taste is smooth, kinda rich, dry and crisp finish. Sweet caramel, light chocolate and slight roast, pepper, spice. A little citrus. Not a bad English strong ale.
Hiledd (40) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange and honey, dark brown color, spicy flavor with toffee, cherry, cranberry, excellent winter beer
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