swoopjones (4890) - 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
thedm (4848) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a very large sized head of foamy finely sized light tan colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a softly carbonated hazy orange brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The aroma was malty and mild spice. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of mild spice floral and hops. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.
Suttree (4734) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Funny story - On Friday night my brother comes over, and his girlfriend had been to Kansas City for thanksgiving. She had sent some beers , including a Boulevard holiday pack that included this beer. Then I receive my Secret Santa package Saturday morning, and it includes this one, too! what are the odds? I mean I had no idea about this beer, and suddenly, I got 3 in my fridge. Anyway, breeish brown, tan head. malty, chestnut aroma, Spicy, peppery, nutmeg and a little alcohol, followed by a raisin, woodsy earthy finale. Pretty tasty Ale.
BrewDad (4493) - Olympia, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice English ale flavor and aromas. Hints of sweet molasses lingers and finishes quite dry.
mar (4464) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2008
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
nice amber pour with a thin beige head. scent of malts, earth and some fruits. i am picking up some dark fruits and molasses in this one. along with some honey and ginger. not that impressive.
notalush (4449) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber beer - earthy, fruity nose, with some juicy melon rind and cherry, indicating almost nothing about what the flavor will bring - taste is herbal and hoppy up front, followed by some biscuity malt, gingerbread - some earthy, almost oxidized character, and a touch of acidity - in this beer, the prematurely aged thing kind of works, though - a touch of tartness, followed by warming spices and peppery hops in the finish - a lot more full and warming than you would expect, considering the abv - I like it, but the aroma needs work.
EithCubes (4406) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A fresh 2008 bottle. Lovely (and surprising!) hop aroma, at least initially, a citric hop powerhouse reminiscent of Sierra Nevada’s best, some pale malts and faint ginger. Spicy nutmeg touch but again, faint. Carbonated ruby-amber body with a soapy beige head. Taste is heavy caramel and lesser citrus and red berry, dry and bready with a crisp attack and medium body that bears some quaffing. Light acidic tang. Very dark and earthy aftertaste, dry and bitter without blowing any minds. Gently warming. A little spitz of grape. A little caramelized sugar up in the far front and floral notes rounding out the sides. Good sipping winter warmer, if a little … syrupy? Wearing.
kramer (4347) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, via ericmc83. Cloudy light brown pour with a small off-white head. Generous amounts of carbonation retains head well. Deep resiny hop aroma up front, with a sweet toffee malt base. Very sweet malt up front with a resiny/earthy hop bitterness in the middle. This just lacks any sort of depth or complexity. My vote for the style of this is Dumbed Down Barley Wine. Pretty thin with a watery finish, fine carbonation but too much of it. Boring mouthfeel. Not so good this one. Very weak in both flavor and complexity. Pretty confused after I saw so many high ratings when I entered this.
TomDecapolis (4331) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a translucent deep amber with a medium bubbly off white head. Aroma of caramel malt, nuts, toffee and piney hops. Flavor of caramel, toffee, brown sugar and some pine/citrusy hop notes.
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brownish color with a thin head. Malty nose and taste. Definite presence of spices (cinnamon?). Some odd fruit flavors as well, possibly raisin. I didn't find the mix that appealing. Certainly not terrible, but far better winter brews are out there.