CapFlu (4522) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 12, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Pours virtually no head and is a ruby-brown colour. Typical ale aroma of malt and molasses. Initial taste of watery malt, as stated below, then a mid-flavour peak of spice and strong malt. Finishes with a fizzy, hoppy and red wine flavour that fades into dry. Very delightful mix of flavours. Thanks to Crit for this great West Coast experience.
nuplastikk (4399) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Murky amber-brown body. Foamy off-white head. Toffee, amber malt tones, some Christmas fruitcake/wassail action. It’s not really a great beer by any mean, but it manages to approximate the style well enough. Rich and malty, a spiced ESB.
ChainGangGuy (4375) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark red-brown body with a medium, fizzy off-white head.
Smell: Dark caramel with freshly-grated cinnamon, a whiff of hops, and notes of dark cherries.
Taste: Mild malt flavor with a slight dark caramel sweetness. Hint of chocolate. A pinch of mulling spices blends with the cherry pie fruitiness. Only a very faint hint of hops near the semi-dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: While not the most remarkable example of the style, it is still fairly easy-drinking for a lighter winter warmer.
Beerman6686 (4348) - 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
unclemattie (4187) - Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2008
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
15 DEC 07, Southeast YeHa. 12oz bottle. Medium brown. Smells like cherries, or maybe some nice mince meat pie. Light bodied, sweet malts. Somewhat balanced.
boFNjackson (4134) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Poured a deep ruby with a big head, good lacing as it faded. Lots of malt on the nose, normally I don’t like a lot of malt in the aroma, but this has a nice leafy presence added to it. Really foamy feel in the mouth, very full flavor, ranging from caramelized malt to nutty characteristics to a litttle bit of hops.
onceblind (4067) - 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.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from Jake65 - thanks! A decent winter warmer. Nice copper to brown color, with a decent body. A fairly pleasant character - with figs, chocolate, the usual flavors associated with the style - with modest malts. Solid enough, but not much personality.
drfabulous (3993) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Great bottle. It makes the beer look enticing. The taste, however, is fairly basic for this style. Light, but nothing beyond the ordinary.
travita (3954) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown in color and cloudy with an average size head. Hop aromas with slight caramel hints. Hop flavors dominate. Not the best as a winter warmer.