BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a light hint of ginger and spices aroma. Medium sweet dry taste with a burnt malt finish.
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours reddish-gold with medium off-white head into a Guinness pint. Aroma of mild malty sweetness and some raisin. Flavor stays the same; mild malty, somewhat toasty taste with a little added sweetness. Soft carbonation with a great mouthfeel. Surprisingly, this had a nice warming sensation despite its relatively low abv. Nothing superb, but sitting down by the fire with one of these is great.
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown/amber, weak off-white head. Pretty light aromas. A little caramel, some spice, fresh fruits. Not much stands out on the tongue either. Crisp hoppiness though. Easy drinking (which is the only real compliment for sort of bland beers).
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 8, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was ok, a bit sweet, with a caramel finish, went down pretty smooth. I didn’t think it was anything special, but I thought I’d give it a try.
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great color- matches the red label. Very small head. Bitter vinegar traces on my tongue. Scents of nutmeg and somewhat spicy flavor but fades oh so quickly.
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nothing earth shattering here. Seems rather plain in the bottle, but can be very good on tap at the brewery.
FlagstoneHill (214) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Jan 3, 2009. 12 oz bottle
Thin malty aromas of deep carmel. no hops, some figgy esters.
Deep browm, some ruby highlights, lots of bubbles visible, smallish off-white head with good retention.
Malt dominates the flavor - rich and carmelly. Some hop bitterness, but no flavor. Some spice (cinnamon) in the aftertaste. Somewhat oxidized and the flavor is overall quite thin.
Medium body, high carbonation. No astringency, slightly creamy/coating
This could be quite good, but it’s oxidized which, I think thins everything out considerably. will have to try again.
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. I really like this beer, makes me even want to visit the remodeled disaster that is the Bridgeport Pub to have it on cask.
Dark amber pretty brew, with a white head. Smells great, lots of malt and toffee. Christmas/holiday flavors of spice, cinnamon and some nice hops with the piney hops.
Drinks down easily, which makes for a nice addition to the winter beer arsenal.
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. I poured this beer very aggressively into my glass and the most perfect dense white head formed on top of the dark ruby/amber body. A few minutes later when returning to the beer, from washing out the bottle the most perfect head was gone but a thin layer of lace. Oh Well. The beer would turn out to be just as exciting. This beer was well above my expectations. There was a tangy tea quality that made this beer exceptionally drinkable. Malty, dried fruity, and earthy overtones rounded out this beer to make it excellent choice for a cold night.
shakespeare33 (203) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle.. pours a muddy brown with a sustaining head.. the aroma is distinct flavoring of caramel with little else.. the initial taste is very static and simple with little complexity.. hints of choclate overtones and some nutty concoctions but other than that a very subdued ale..the simplicity however, invites me in again.. no palate hangover, not bad.