tybee199 (13) - USA - DEC 5, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty tasty. This yearís batch is typically deep in color, spicy and sweet. Goes well with the season, though I think the 2001 batch is not quite as interesting as those of the past. Itís still fun, though -- a unique winter brew that satisfies that itch for something different that I get occassionally. Yum.
beer_rookie (261) - USA - JAN 18, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a chestnut color. About two fingers beige head. Medium retention, medium lacing. Also has some white chunks floating around. Slightly hazy
Aroma is burnt sugar. Caramel and dark roasted malts. Smells pretty stout.
Taste is burnt sugar, molasses. Dark fruits like dates or prune. Itís piney hops Itís hard to describe.
Mouthfeel is full. High ABV make this not so drinkable.
Overall, itís not so bad. I was expecting some sort of spiced ale or something, but itís not. Itís strong flavored, may not be for everyone. As it warms, I think it gets better. Iím neutral on a recommendation.
slowrunner77 (8356) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 13, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity hoppy bitter and malty at the same time. Dark fruit and light spice. I like where this was going, even if it doesnít quite get there.
JStax (4292) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft pour. The beer is a hazy copper color with a beige head of foam that dissipates quickly. The aroma is nutty, a little musty, and I get some leathey notes as well. Some fruity sweetness lingers in the backgroung. It is more of a subdued sweetness. A moderate bitterness kicks in toward the finish. Bigger body and medium carbonation. Not bad.
tightslice (700) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from K&L in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is spiced hops, mild sweet malts. Taste is earthy, spiced teas, hops. The hops have a nutmeg / cinnamon vibe on this one. Great job.
triplehopped (63) - - DEC 21, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy amber with a medium/large beige head; heavy lacing. Aroma is of carmel with a fruity hop undertone. Taste is medium bitter, with spicy and sweet notes. Medium bodied, light bitter finish. Overall, a good seasonal choice, just enough spice.
scarletfire65 (1240) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Saturday morning breakfast. Cloudy yeasty pour. Deep amber with a high foamy head. Aroma of resiny hops, nutmeg, orange zest. Sweet and spicy, notes of oxidized fruits, sherry, cinnamon, piney hops. Nicely balanced finish. Warming and a bit boozy.
RedSox2004 (1552) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - DEC 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish amber with a two-finger khaki head, solid retention and thick lacing. Aromas of caramel malt, toast, Grandmaís candy jar, alcohol and medicinal hops. Bready malt sweetness, dark fruit, brown sugar, and grains. Full body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, modest carbonation and a warming finish.
ttoadee (1110) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium amber pour, 2 fingers of tan head. Nose is malt backdrop, hops over the top. Little more bitter than sweet. Middle is medium roasted malt, spice, hops, alcohol. Finish is dry, spicy, and boozy. OK
Tmoney99 (12729) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured clear dark amber color with medium white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium sweet malt and hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium balanced flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. This is an interesting brew.
DrSilverworm (9442) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle, from Dutchís. Best by 2/16/16. Up front, a musty kind of strange malt. Chestnut, some caramel. Color is a hazy brick orange, with an astonishing amount of small particles hazing up the body. Thin khaki head, leaving very good lace. Big earthiness. Medium to bigger body. Kind of lighter carbonation. Very dry texture. Bigger bitter taste. Light sweet, more dry overall. Mild bite, bit of heat in the finish. Alright to sip on, but overall, a bit muddy and overly dry. Gets a bit better as it goes. Some nicer dark fruit character comes out, more caramel. RB says that this is with wet chinook, is it really still? Thatís hard to believe.