Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a very dark brew. Nose was spice all over, but the taste was not over whelming. As it warmed the spices grew to an almost over the top, but It stopped short. Great christmas brew!
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the brewery and again in a growler. Murky, dark brown color with a creamy, thin beige head. Aroma of caramel malt, dark, dried fruits, pine and light spice. Flavor was lightly roasted malt, molasses, dark chocolate, raisins, pine, nutmeg and vanilla.
HighlanderOne (1234) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from big bottle. Nice aroma of toffee, malt, smoke, brown sugar. Solid mahogany color, tan head fades. Flavors of toffee, vanilla, spice, orange peel, dark honey, alcohol. Earthy, heady aftertaste. Nice feel- not too carbonated. A bit off at finish. Overall a fine winter brew - appropriately drank during blizzard of 12/26/2010.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Divided opinions on this one! I rather liked it. Aroma of earthy malt, tartness, a plethora of light, citrus, and red fruits. Flavor sweet fruitiness with a balancing tartness. I seemed to get a lot of tartness that others haven’t mentioned...perhaps I got tartness from the spices? Or did this get infected along the way? Am I rating a beer very high that was infected? I really have no idea. I liked whatever the hell I was tasting.
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep and dark brown, opaque with mahogany edges, fluffy tan foamy head that lasts and bubbly lace. Super candy sweet aroma with a faint touch of spice. SIlky smooth feel. Starts sweet, a touch of burn from the alcohol (which is surprising at 7.5%) develops into a little bit of bitterness from the roast, no real hop flavor. Tatstes a bit salty, almost like it was oak-aged. Slightly peppery alcohol and spice in the finish which last a bit. Clove and maybe ginger in the end. Very nice.
pressboxjoe (426) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Attractive deep brown. Active carbonation. Spicy aroma like a Belgian ale. Slightly chemically smell, cherries, berries, spices. Round, warm flavor. Malty, toasty, sweet. I’m surprised at the low rating. I like it.
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a rich copper color. Nose is sweet with Belgian yeast. Lots of fruit notes some fruity sweetness. Hints of chocolae and spice with a fairly creamy mouthful. The taste and feel of a classic Belgian dubbel with light spice notes. Nice.
pablothirteen (38) - - DEC 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Full taste, nice amber color. Good winter beer. Was pleasantly surprised by this
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BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Pours clear garnet with a medium, rocky beige head, medium-long retention with good lacing. Aroma is figs, plum, and cherries with toast and nutty malt, light vinous and oak notes, some acetic notes with nutmeg and grassy hops. Flavor is lightly tart cherries and plums, vinous and port notes, light nutmeg, toast and nutty malt with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
sonnycheeba (5090) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by beerandblues2. Pours murky brown/copper with thick, creamy off-head. Aroma is cookie and toasted malts, mixed berries, light caramel, some spice, and faint vanilla. Flavor is dry toasted malts forward, light cookie, dark fruit esters, and dry spices and light woody bitterness towards the finish. Medium body and carbonation.