Leafs93 (2137) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours amber with a fluffy beige head that quickly died down. Aroma is caramel, toast and bread. Taste is sweet with a trace of hops. Medium bodied.
hfmejias (1273) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured dark copper, clear with a small white head and a bit of a spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts and caramel combined with some earthy notes. Taste is sweet, malts and caramel notes are predominant, slightly bitter and slightly boozy. Actually not bad pleasantly surprised.
Cybercat (5172) - Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Comes out of tap bubbly caramel brown with a thick buff head. Malty aroma has a note of cinnamon and a hint of hops. Crisp, malty flavor echoes the cinnamon of the aroma and the hoppy hint. Texture is so-so, but it goes down well. A good way to welcome winter and the new solar year.
jjuf1853 (1301) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours a dark amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is slightly sweet with roasted malt notes. Flavor has some booziness up front. Slight touch of bitterness in the finish
bigtourist (36) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Very clear dark amber. Smooth initial flavor with sharp bitter aftertaste. Light lingering foam
billtheman (86) - milford, Delaware, USA - DEC 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma and appearance are pleasing, not an overwhelming chocolate taste, just enough so you know it’s there. Leaves a good after taste.
jflopsu (1257) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a light amber. Has a fruity malt and winter spice aroma. A light body beer with flavors of caramel, fruity malts, cinnamon, and nutmeg
superspak (4754) - Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/17/2012. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, fig, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, brown sugar, raisin, plum, fig, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light amount of herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, brown sugar, raisin, plum, fig, light chocolate, herbal, and toast/yeast earthiness. Nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a good bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice English amber ale, more of a winter warmer in my opinion. All around good robustness and balance of dark/bready malt, fruit yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.
ads135 (4254) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A pretty basic winter ale. Mellow overall, but with a pleasant roasted sweetness.
Darkmagus82 (2273) - - SEP 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-30-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours light copper color with a thick two finger off white head. The head has a nice level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a caramel sweetness and a moderately strong toasted malt smell. Mixed with these aromas is a bit of a nutty and alcohol smell, producing a rather warming smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a flavor of a caramel sweetness mixed with toasted malt. As the taste moves forward, it sweetness further with toffee like flavors hitting the tongue as well as a bit of nuttiness. About this time some flavors of a light bitter hop of a more herbal/grassy nature meet the tongue. The mainly sweeter and toasted malty flavors take the taste to its end where they are joined by flavors of a light alcohol, some oak, and as well as a light spice of nutmeg and cinnamon. In the end with the advent of the spice, oak, alcohol and hop, the tongue is left with a warmingly sweet and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is slightly creamier then average with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both the lower carbonation and thicker body suit well the warming, light nut, hop, and spice flavors of the brew quite well and make for a nice slow drinker.
Overall – A somewhat complex winter warmer style with a rather nice blend of spice, nut/oak, hop, and sweet malty flavors. It is a rather enjoyable brew to drink.