Lothore (547) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A- Pours a very dark brownish red hue with a nice, frothy, off white head.
S- Dark fruits, hints of spice
T- Starts out with dark fruit, raisin, prune and moves into roasted malt, bits of coffee with some mixed spices.
M- Creamy, medium bodied with medium/low carbonation.
D- Nice little winter warmer. Not my favorite but I wouldnt mind trying it again.
tdoyledesign (173) - Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark garnet color as advertised. Aroma is slight hops, malts and all kinds of spice. Reminds me of a winter night by the fire. Taste is spices up front, some mild malts and hops with a nutmeg and chicory finish. Mouth feel is smooth with a bit or carbonation. The spices change as it warms in your mouth.
johnnymusky (180) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
very tasty stuff....taste is same as smell....fruit hops brown sugar...i will buy again and again.
gam (3183) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beige coloured head ruby pour mild carbonation aromas malts rich fruits sugar earthy notes port the flavours doughy rich fruit some dried citrus brown sugar port wine honey cinnamon molasses ginger liquorice not bad on the palate the finish some good tastes the fruits and sweet malts added spice tastes could have had more body but still very tasty
maekchu (1982) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from 99 Bottles (Federal Way, WA). Sweet malty and spicy nose. Deep reddish brown color. Rich roast malt, licorice, cinnamon, and maybe peppermint. Medium body. Tasty, but a bit weak-flavored stuff for a winter ale. The overall spice profile comes across as something artificial or chemical. Tastes more like a spiced doppelbock. A disappointment, really.
944play (343) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Sprenger’s. Clear reddish brown with generous cap of off-white foam. Low cola and cookie spice aromas. Flavors are fronted by a sharp bitter with raisin, molasses, marmalade, and even licorice playing backup. Low pH and clean minerality make for a brief palate but for the longer resinous parts.
Davhgbrew (931) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Big malt and caramel up front. Spices and thick and syrupy texture. Middle is moderately high lively carbonation. Brown sugar is there..bitterness kind of balances it out in the middle & finish. Not a big fan of this brew, but it’s a nice bold flavored sweet and spicy winter brew so I have to give it credit.
EyeAmBaldman (200) - Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark brown, almost red with a thick off white head. Aroma is fantastic. Notes of malt and sweet fruits. Can also smell the alcohol...but it’s such a pleasant smell. Unfortunately the taste was not as good as the aroma. It kind of reminds me of Orkney’s Skullsplitter. It’s bitter on the back end like a strong english ale. Man, is this beer thick in the mouth. Such a nice mouthfeel, thick and creamy. It’s just maybe a tad bitter for me. Not a bad beer at all though.
Davros (1869) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2014
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark copper with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows liquorice, sour spices, confectionery, sweet malt and brown sugar.
Roasty flavours with an astringent herbal hit too. Some confectionery-like sweetness and more liquorice.
Carbonation is too high.
HIGHB4LL (449) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Appearance: finger of khaki brown head, diminishes quickly, burnt amber color through light, cloudy, good lace. Aroma: nut, caramel, light roast coffee, faint sweet fruit, light earthy yeast, floral and subdued orange citrus hops. Palate: medium-full body, average carbonation, dry finish, oily and sticky carbonation. Taste: mild sweetness at the front, settles in right after you swallow, and finishes with a light and lasting bitterness. Overall, very complex and deep. Very well done.