jaymobrown (1686) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really good winter ale. Pours a darish brown with a small beige head. Roasted malt wirh sweet sugar orange bitter.
rubbishystuff (1868) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At the French Market. Lovely stuff. Rich fruity ale, slightly spiced but not overly so, like a brown ale but with more boozeiness. Serving: Tap
OsuStu (67) - - NOV 15, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Dark, deep brown with a red hue. Thick tan head, heavy lacing. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, berries, prune. Lots of chocolate, dark fruits, plums, spices, dark soil, humus. A touch of bitter hops. A bit of a sticky, filmy finish.
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014. Bottle into a tulip glass. Deep mahogany pour. Thick cream head. Aroma of vanilla, dark fruits, light coffe. Taste is creamy, lightly bitter, fruity, chocolate, light roasted coffe. Smooth finish. Pleasant, warming.
HuskerTan (542) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - NOV 13, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
A- Malty, alcohol, subtle spice, caramel.
A- Deep mahogany color, clear liquid, tan head.
T- Malty, slight citrus, slight spice, subtle caramel, toasty, floral, slightly bitter, alcohol.
P- Medium body, thin texture, average carbonation, malty finish.
O- Was a little disappointed with this one. Didn’t get really anything I was expecting from it or at least it was all very subtle. Mostly malty and a little underwhelming, but the color was gorgeous.
arkurzynski (1559) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep reddish brown. Nose of spicy fruit and toasted caramel malt with citrus hops. Flavor is similar with dark fruit, toasted malt and citrus hops. Mild alcohol spice. Somewhat sticky.
monk191 (1049) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
An ok winter ale. Not balanced very well. Pours a beautiful deep red with a super thick tan head. Smells of cherries and caramel. Taste however is quite hoppy, with a bit of Malts in the finish. Tasted at the BevMo Holiday Beer Fest.
mccaindude (4) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2014 does not count
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught. Smells sweet and malty, with hint of hops. Color is reddish brown. Taste is a balance of sweet and bitter, but sweet soon fades and leaves hop bitterness to linger.
loubar (50) - Los Gatos, California, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from Whole Foods. The nose hints of floral hops and malt. The taste is hoppy with a distinct citrus bitterness on a rich malt base that makes for a bold flavor. There’s a subtle spiciness amid the richness with a hint of cloves just to remind that it is, after all, a holiday ale. Not skunky. Fairly dry, with the grapefruit bitterness lingering after the finish. Overall, a surprise I must say, a good surprise...
AbbeyRoade (384) - Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty. Mildly sweet. Hints of holiday spices. Mild tartness. Not bad. Some hop present too.