phaleslu (7600) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from a $3.99 six-pack purchased wildly out of season at A-1 Liquor in Indianapolis. Pours a cloudy brown with some clear caramel-colored tints around the sides and a smaller beige head. Notes of caramel malts, toast, nutmeg, cinnamon, nuts, and hops, which was nice for a beer that was probably half a year or more old. Medium-bodied, with a toasty and mildly spicy mouthfeel. Pretty easy to drink- is English Strong Ale really the right category for this?
Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2008 bottle. Poured clear, coppery amber with a creamy, well-retained cap of khaki head. The aroma picked up darker nutty notes and molasses, accented by Christmasey spices and some warmth.. eventually some green apple skins came through. The flavor had some darker fruit join the nutty and molasses notes at the core.. nutmeg and white peppery spicage throughout.. there were hints of the green apple, but it never really got in the way.. warm, tasty finish. Medium-bodied with rolling carbonation through the palate.. the spices worked well here.. I’d gladly have another.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very hoppy aroma, almost like an IPA. Pours a mahogany with an appealing nougat colored head. Too hoppy to be an English strong ale, but very robust. Flavors include caramel, roasted coffee, chocolate and ginger. Very smooth and drinkable, a delicious winter treat. Thanks to MOboy for this one.
alexsdad06 (7099) - Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 zo. bottle. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a large creamy beige head. The aroma is rather subdued but has hints of bready malt, caramel, and light spices. The flavor is more bready malt, light caramel, with a decent bitterness in the finish. Nothing over the top here, but nothing off either.
swoopjones (6966) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, deeper amber pour. Some Christmas spice, ginger, allspice , cinnamon. Flavor was slightly muted. Ok, expect more from this brewery
SudsMcDuff (6923) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 6, 2010
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
ruby red .. . low head .. . very mild christmas brew .. nice hop presents with a nice balance of sweetness .. . real simple .. . a perfect brew to just eeease into the season.. I’d kill for a piece of corn that wasn’t creamed..
b3shine (6749) - Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft to taster. Looks good for the style; a mostly transparent deeper orange with thin off-white lacing. Smells sweet and malty with notes of molasses. Tastes like it smells with a bit of hops. Average on the palate. Okay.
Ernest (6746) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2012 Bottle (BB Jul/2012). Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark amber-brown, unfiltered. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted bread), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough), with a light note of dried mango. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Hoppy brown ale or a dark amber ale? Very watery. Not very interesting or wintery, but ok.
after4ever (6731) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12. Pours an opaque dark brown with an enormous, surging, sudsy tan head that really sticks around, leaving plenty of lace. Fresh pine nose--not that sticky resinous pine that’s so great in an ipa, more of the fresh-air pine-forest side of the olfactory equation. Sweet brown sugar under that. Creamy medium body, goes a bit watery in spots, subdued carb. Not the expected effect for the appearance and time of year, but we all have our preferences I suppose. Toasty, nuts, caramel, and brown bread on the mid-palate. Mild finish. Nice beer.
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(2001 vintage) What a surprise, found this while going thru what a thought was a box of Belguim Abbey beers, hidden in the corner. Worried it may not be any good, the siblings, as I remembered, where very nice...so here goes the pour... Appearance looks okay, dark copper hue and a moderate head and fair lacing. Aroma hinted of spices, caramel, dates, brown sugar, and leather. Spices and sweetness went straight to the palate, intense. Some ripe fruit and aromatic hops did shine through, enhanceing the taste. Complex yet nicely balanced. Moderately sticky feel, spices do linger on as well. This bottle seemed to stand the test of time, thanks goodness.