baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very estery aroma with a twang of alcohol and a hint of roasted malt. A dark reddish brown with a persistent but thin head. The body was a bit lacking. Flavor starts estery and sweet fills out with a little raosted malt and finishes bitter. A very nice winter warmer.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma: some cream, malts, and carmel. Also some fruity metallic scents and some pine
Appearance: very dark brown with a slight reddish tint, light brown head, some lacing
Flavor: sweet, fruity, carmel flavors with a strange off-taste...almost like a metallic lambic taste (very strange)
Palate: very smooth with that weird aftertaste that leaves almost a tartness in the mouth
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Winter Beer Festival. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a nice off-white head on top. Aroma is full of malt with hints of hops and spices. Flavor is rich in both hops and malt. Mostly a spicy yet sweet caramel flavor commands the tongue, not overly sweet though. Pretty easy on the palate with no hints of alcohol. Lacking a little bit on body.
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
thanks to all at mcbackus throwdown. nice flavors of caramelized sugar vanilla and a slight amount of citrus flavor
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown a little on the red side, medium sized creamy head that diminishes rather quickly but never goes completely down. Mildly sweet lightly toasty hops take over and dry it out in the end.
humulushound (242) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance amazes and entices in a snifter with a deep brown and ruby hues when held to the light. Fine tan head with impressive lacing. A rich caramel and candy-cane malt wafts into the nose with dark fruit, ripened bananas and light vanilla undertones. Flavor is malt-forward with nuts, molasses and bitter chocolate hiding in the background. Finish is warming, and hop-spiced with a dry mouthfeel, my least favorite characteristic of this beer. I was hoping for something velvety smooth and soothing but instead I am left craving a little water to moisten my palate. A decent effort though.
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great color- very dark and thick. Perfect combination of malt and hops makes this an all around wonderful beer. One of the best winter ales I have had.
duffman462 (175) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark amber with a small head. Nose is toffee, pine, and cedar. Flavor is malty, with some citrus hops. Pretty good, but body seems a little thin for the style.
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Pours a dark brown and so murky light does not escape. A thin off white head floats for a few minutes and then quickly disappears. There is an aroma of sweet caramel, wood, and viney hops. A flavor (sorta)explosion of thick sweet caramel and a slight off roast flavor. This beer has a pretty cloying body, but otherwise its not that interesting.
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I couldn't smell that night, because I was getting over a cold, so I took my friends word on what it smelled like, and judged it from there. It was malty like all strong ales. It had great hops to balance it, go boundary Bay. I can't wait to try it in the bottle.