Sarlacc83 (1542) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Mahogany color with a thin creme head. Lacing.
N: Dry leaves, bark, chicory, squash, some cinnamon, cracker, more grass and straw.
T: Bitter and sweet leaning heavily towards the latter.
M: Medium - light body with crisp carbonation and no alcohol.
O: A classic and for good reason. Goes great with just about anything you throw at it.
b33r (772) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color with thin off-white head and light lacing. Aroma has slight fruits, raisins, plums. Flavor is rich, roasty with some sweetness, nutty, woody, with spices. Very tingly and carbonated. It’s like a spicy brown ale.
jsporrer (219) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from bottle. Dark brown with an off white thin head. Medium body with nice lacing that clings to the glass. Nice aroma of dark fruit with a hint of tart sourness. Tastes smooth with some carbonation. Finishes very dry with not much flavor. Leaves behind a dry feeling on the tongue with mostly cinnamon spice and chicory woody flavor. A little too dry to be very enjoyable. Flavor isn’t very complex. Overall somewhat disappointing.
akoeninger (577) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A new favorite winter holiday beer. Malty, dark, and well hopped. Hops are kind of herbal but the real standout here is the malt and fruit flavors. Slick and medium body
Darkmagus82 (2093) - - OCT 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a rather deep brown/mahogany color with a one finger head of tan foam. The head has a good level of staying power, with it very slowly fading over time to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of a sweeter candied sugar and molasses smell with a whole lot of a dark fruits of raisin, cherry, and plum. There are some lighter spice smells of coriander and clove with a decent showing of some roasted bready smells, giving a nice dark and sweet smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins much drier then I was anticipating from the nose. It begins with a quite roasty taste with a whole lot of roasty malt mixed with just a little bit of breadiness and some lightly sweet tastes of molasses and dark fruits. The sweeter tastes, while not very strong upfront, fade even more as the taste advances, all while the roast seems to increase a bit. With the increase in roast and the loss of sweetness, comes some light spice of coriander and clove as well as some light hop tastes of a more earthy nature. With a bit of a booziness (surprising at only 6.7 %) and a little bit of bitter coffee coming at the end, one is left with a sorta drier and dark spiced ale taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin and the carbonation rather high for the dark and roasted flavors of the brew. A thicker and chewier feel with a lower carbonation would have been better for the mix of lighter sweet fruit and dark roasty tastes of the brew, making a better medium to keep it a mouth coating slow sipper.
Overall- This was much drier and slightly more boozy brew then I was expecting. It was an alright winter warmer, but the lack of body and somewhat contradictory nature of the nose and mouthfeel with that of the taste and look, sorta kicks it down a bit. OK, but nothing too exceptional in my opinion.
chucklemation (926) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber with a long-lasting off-white foam head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, chocolate, and earthy notes. Flavor is caramel, toffee, and earthy notes. Not sweet nor dry. Great balance. Delicious beer.
beerbaaron (1816) - Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep mahogany with big frothy beige head. Earthy, dusty cocoa, very mild roast. Licorice. Fruitiness underneath. Bigger light body. Mild burnt, roasty bitterness. Enjoyable holiday ale.
Chudwick (2541) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - OCT 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tough act to follow. read review below mine... 12oz bottle into nonic glass. nose is caramel, bread, toffee, spice cake, and various fruits. Sip adds roast qualities, grass, pine... like a sweeter black IPA with potpourri. Definitely a Northern/Western festive beverage.
superspak (3751) - Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/21/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toasted bread, herbal, floral, pepper, pine, light roast, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toasted bread, herbal, floral, pepper, pine, light roast, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Moderate amount of piney/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toasted bread, pepper, pine, and herbal/floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fair amount of dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/sticky, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn good English strong ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
anderson01 (264) - Idaho, USA - OCT 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red in color. Clear in appearance with a thick, off-white head. Lacing is outstanding. There are cinnamon and roasted notes. There is a hint of fruity notes. Vanilla aromas also. Slick texture. Medium bodied. Definetly some christmasy flavors. Smooth finish. Seems to warm you up on the inside. I would enjoy this on a cold day sitting in front of a fire.