mpersinger (347) - , 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).
bluejacket74 (1267) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle, a friend gave a bottle of this to me a month or so ago so I assume it’s from this past winter’s batch. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a murky brown color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice and malty, the brew smells like caramel, toffee, nuts, and some chocolate. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there’s also some dark fruit, brown sugar and dark bread flavors noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit coating and smooth with moderate carbonation. I liked this, it’s good on a summer day and would probably be good on a winter’s day too!
Darkmagus82 (448) - - JUN 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-24-12-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance- Poured a deep mahogany-brown color with a small off white head. The head faded fast with very little lacing left behind.
Smell – Sweet aromas of dried fruit and molasses mixed with a very light slightly roasty aroma of malt.
Taste – Up front there is a malty flavor with a good dose of sweet sugary flavor . These flavors form a base for the rest of the flavors to end and leave from. Right after the initial flavor a slightly nutty flavor comes to the tongue. This leaves soon after it arrives, allowing for roasty notes to come to the tongue. Toward the end the malty roast and sweet flavors mix with some light spice flavors and an ever so light bitterness. While they are slightly bitter they by no means tame the sweeter flavors of the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body is on the above average creamy side with the carbonation on the lower side. Good for the sugary and roasty flavors and higher abv of the beer.
Overall – It has some nice flavors and a good blend of sweet and roastiness. A good and drinkable brew but nothing too fantastic.
alexsdad06 (5260) - Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home from notes. Pours a dark hazy amber color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, plums, figs, dates, brown sugar, spices and chocolate. Medium-bodied. This is a nice one to sip on cooler evenings.
TXBadger (1222) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really good come winter, this ale is nice and warming. Pours a nice dark amber color with off-white head. Spice, roasted nuts, and some caramel/toffee notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a sweet toffee note.
TizzleJizzle (599) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear brown with a cream top. Taste of toffee, malty and nutty. Medium carbonation, medium body.
Swamp_Thing (34) - Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At 6.99/six pack at Total Wine this may be the best value beer I have ever tried. Bold hoppy upfront and throughout but well balanced with malt flavors of toasted toffee that linger for ever on the tongue, remarkable. I’ll be buying by the case from now on.
coolfunnj (321) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma is sweet malty with some resiny hop presence to balance..thin off white head,sparse lacing deep brown clear liquid with some cloudiness..sweet in a fruity caramel sort of way but not overdoing it theres tingly hops to balance..med-full bodied,tingly and plentiful carbonation..overall I tried this just as a nite cap as a single bottle ill be picking up the 4 or 6 pack before winter ends well done
MarkSachon (553) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft sampler at The BeerHive in Pittsburgh. A nutty taste throughout with hints of spice. A nice winter warmer.
cpetrone84 (1274) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is deep ruby red, transparent, with a tan head and fair bit of lacing. Nose is salty and meaty. A bit of berry and malt sweetness, slightly oxidized in back. Taste is more sweet, tinge of alcohol, faint herbal hop. Seems a hint sugary with some brown sugar and caramel lingering. Medium body, soft carbonation, a hint slick.
tschof (56) - - FEB 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great winter seasonal beer. Rare find in NJ. Pour from 12 ounce bottle to a pint. Pour very dark amber with thin white head. Malty and boozy but in a good way. Enjoy if Troeg Mad Elf is out of stock