egajdzis (5576) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a dark copper, purplish color with a small off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus and grassy hoppiness, and some light vanilla as well. Taste of sweet and roasted malts, lots of fruits, and a light bitterness from the hops.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5523) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shipped to me by my wife on a trip to Portland. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured an orange-brown color with a huge foamy beige head that lingered and produced great lacing. The aroma was malty, sweetish and had touches of molasses and fruity hops. The flavor was malty, toasty and nutty with notes of vanilla, cream, cherries and caramel. The finish was long, sweetish, malty and fruity. Moderately full bodied. Interesting.
onceblind (5490) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Slightly cloudy dark amber under a creamy head that unfortunately doesn’t last too long. Smells like a winter English Strong Ale. Some burnt toffee and a mild tone of oak are on the nose, with some odd herbal bitterness. Taste is a little too bitter and herbal, with not enough sweetness to back it up. There is some sweetness present, but it tastes a little burnt and woody. Perhaps a little metallic as well.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 17, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A nice attempt at a winter ale, but had a poor musky aftertaste that was unsettling for me.
kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, via acertain. Dark copper pour with a minimal fleeting white head, almost clear. Malty nose, slightly sweet with a cinnamon spice complement and light alcohol. Sweet malt up front with a slightly hoppy and spicy finish. Notes of cinnamon and yeast with light alcohol. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation yields a slightly sticky and cloying mouthfeel. I don’t especially care for the spice profile of this Christmas seasonal, there just doesn’t seem to be any complexity or depth to the flavor.
notalush (5360) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy amber pour, with a fizzy head that disappears rather rapidly - mildly oaky nose, with a lot of toffee and treacle sweetness, mild fig, a touch of obviously intentional oxidized character, slightly buttery notes - flavor of semi-dry, biscuity malts up front, followed by light cask-ish notes, moderate toffee, a touch of plum, light chocolate - finish is lightly bitter, with mild buttery notes - quite authentically british - fairly tasty.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 18, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber color, medium head. Aroma is cherry. Mild tasting ale, mild malts and slightly spicy, although its more fruity than malty. Kind of an average and mild tasting beer, as winter warmers go. There is a slightly metallic taste. Mouthfeel is a little harsh. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is little bitter and somewhat fruity.
Beerman6686 (5334) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This poured a darker amber to reddish color with a white head. Aroma was of light spices, caramel and some toffee. Flavor actually hinted at some belgian character, lots of sweetness and light spicess. OK
Skyview (5310) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at the Papago Brewing Company tavern in Phoenix, AZ. Pours a semi-clear, dark copper amber brew with a creamy and thick off-white head that has some good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark caramel malt, some flowery hops, apple skin, and some pitted dark fruits. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of dry caramel malt, apple skin and some dried lemon zest. Finish has a dry bitter aftertaste with a caramel malt and apple skin aftertaste.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, special procurement. Red with a thin white head. Cherries in the nose. Nice balance with slight sweetness rounded by a peppery aftertaste. Not bad.