bhensonb (8985) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours dark brown with a 3 finger creamy/foamy tan head. Aroma is difficult, but there is clearly chocolate. Med body. It has a tart/sour aspect. But it works well with the dark malt, treacle and chocolate. Really works up the old taste buds. The front part of my tongue is titillated. If this is infected it was a stroke of luck. Finishes sour, chocolate, toffee and darkly malty. Wow!
luttonm (1629) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft in Seattle. Caramel scotch ale appearance, herby spice. Roasty, sweet, caramel, oatmeal, smooth and roasty. Nice dark and lively winter beer.
Hanuta06 (142) - Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving: from tap at Filiberto’s Italian Restaurant.
Aroma: heavily toasted-malty.
Appearance: average-sized, rocky, light-brown, initial head with fully diminishing longevity and fair lacing. Dark-brown/black body.
Taste: moderately sweet initial taste and lightly bitter, smoky, banana-tasting finish. Average duration.
Palate: medium to full-bodied with dry texture and soft carbonation.
Overall: very interesting.
AmEricanbrew (4868) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color with lasting tan foam. Dry spice, spearmint, chocolate, medium roast aromas. Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Dark chocolate, mint, medium roast malt, holiday spice flavors--good
22415brewery (313) - redmond, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This ain’t a stout. Well sorta. I’d agree with the previous reviewers in saying that this is a prime example of a strong american ale. It’s darkness gives a stout-like impression, however it really is lacking the sharp roasted edge and coffee-like qualities you would expect in a stout. Instead you’ll find a decently hopped ale that has a distinct fruity esther. There’s a lingering sweetness in the finish that carries over for a bit too long.
jrob21 (2011) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. A spicey raisiny sweet drink. Some roasty malt but the fruit and sweetness are much more present. Works well and comes across very smooth.
magdalar (498) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 7, 2012
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught. Pours black with a bubble/frothy beige head. Smells a bit earthy and dusty, but not much else. A hint of roasted malt. Tastes semisweet with a fair among of bitter. Some fig or raisin. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Find she’s dry. Not a fan.
BrewDad (4256) - Olympia, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint - Eastside Club Tavern
Brown in color, clear with a thin head. Big aroma coffee and hops. Loved the flavor this was easy drinking and warmed up well. Big alcohol this is not your daddy’s brew. Toffee, dry finish this was a super complex big beer.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This dark strong ale is about as good of an example of the winter warmer style as you’ll find in the NW. It thrives on a big nutty, caramel base with some dark fruit. Significant, but not overwhelming, alcohol warmth will help you forget about the cold in a pinch. It manages to be big and bold, but it is still incredibly drinkable at 6.5% ABV. Nicely done. - Note that I definitely do not agree that this fits anywhere in the category of a stout....
Crit (3070) - New Westminster, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black,small lasting tan head.Nose of molasses,brown sugar,alcohol.Sweet start,dry malt mid,medium roast bitterness in finish, sweet overtones