onceblind (5147) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours out a deep rusty copper, very hazy, with a decent cream colored head that sticks around for a while. Aroma kinda muted but I get some fruit salad notes, and a hint of molasses. Taste was much more assertive than the nose, but not in an overwhelming way. The full mouthfeel is complimented by very mild hop bitterness, surrounded by fruity caramel malts and only a touch of holiday spicing, particularly cinnamon. Spicy enough to be a winter warmer, but not done to the point of overpowering. Somewhat mild start with a grapefuity finish. Not bad, lads!
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, 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.
djd07 (5022) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy copper with a medium creamy off white head. The aroma is pine, spice, and sweet malt. Decent spotty lacing on the glass. The taste is a spicy hop bite at first with a nutmeg and bitter finish. A complex english strong ale from Boulevard.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served in a pint glass.
Pours a moderate brown color with a bit of light cloudiness. Big light tan with great retention. A good amount of lacing throughout. The nose is a bit plain with a bit of caramel and toffee plus some very light spicing.
The taste is a bit sweet with some brown ale characteristics. The spicing is there a bit and there is some mild earthiness to this. The spicing doesnít come through too much until the back end and especially in the finish. Medium body with good carbonation. A bit drinkable, but the finish is slightly off-puting in juxtaposition to the flavor and I donít quite need all that much of this.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-23-2010
thedm (5005) - 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.
mar (4986) - 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.
jgb9348 (4963) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep amber coloured body with tints of brown with a tan head that tops the beer nicely. Aroma of toffee, raisins and peaches with some hops and malt thrown in the mix too. Medium-bodied; Strong initial malty taste showing some hops with a bunch of nuts and toffee also. Aftertaste is a bit bittering up front with some sweetness lingering further behind. Overall, a decent beer - not too unusual for a Christmas beer - but worth trying if you can find it. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle pulled from an 8-pack sampler purchased at Samís Wine & Liquors in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on 15-December-2005.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: Somewhat strange aroma of fresh hops, fruit, peaches, nectarines, and a hint of malt. Poured deep amber/copper in color with a large, rocky, off-white head that disappeared. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of small particles throughout. Good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of fresh hops, fruit, light peach, light resin, slight spices, and flowers. Medium body. Slightly to lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Lightly sweet, slightly bitter, malt, peach, hop, and resin finish is lightly dry.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber/orange with a smallish, bigger bubbled head. Rick malt and light juniper aroma. Malty flavors of dark bitter chocolate, licorice, treacle and white pepper. Finishes sharp and spicy, with the white pepper following from the flavor to finish. Fruity cherry and strawberry flavors come out a it more as this one warms. Interesting, but nothing earth shattering.
nuplastikk (4901) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz shorty bottle. Thick red-brown color with a steady beige-ish head. I really have a hard time accurately describing this one. Itís not that itís so unique, itís more that it captures so many flavors. Thick and rich, with some amber malt and other thicker specialty malt tones. Almost tastes spiced, not unlike a Pumpkin beer in an odd way. Fruity ale yeast notes couple well with these tastes certainly. Solidly hopped, with a nice bitter warming aftertaste.