Doofgoblin (321) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is another tasty english strong. The aroma is toasty malt. Taste is toasted malt with a brand cereal type taste with just a bit of hops on the end. I just wish it had a little bit more body and richness and little less of the brand flakes flavor. Overall, itís still very good.
outlawskies (424) - - OCT 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Julie says Very nice mellow spice. Mixes well has a touch of s melt smell taste good. She gives a 3
tmoreau (2523) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared 12 oz. bottle poured to snifters, displaying a clear, deep copper hue, with off white/light tan head foam that reduced gradually to a thin ring & film, and left some dots & dashes of lacing on the glass. The nose was decent malt, fruit, and light spice, basically a blend of holiday cake/pudding variety, with light, syrupy sweetness. Light to medium bodied, with presentable carbonation, included moderate, earthy bitterness, and some alcohol, but came off a bit tame for a Strong Ale.
slowrunner77 (6016) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
thereís a lot going on in this bottle, and thatís a good thing. Hoppier and more complex than expected, it tastes like a hoppy strong ale and ages like a scotch ale. weird. always at the top of my winter list."
2014 had on cask for the first time and it;s just a perfect beer for that. Dryhopped with Tettnanger hops. What a treat?!
UrbanCaveman (54) - Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at ~45 degrees F.
A: Pours a reddish-amber, and forms a thick, frothy tan head with an orange tint. The head lasts a good long while, and leaves some serious lacing on the glass while it does. Held to light, the beer is a hazy red-amber, with no visible bubbles rising anywhere.
S: Malt and spice greet one at the fore of the nose, with hints of something floral and piney beneath. The aroma is primarily toasted caramel malt and spices, however, mainly clove and nutmeg.
T: Floral and piney notes are confirmed in the taste, beneath caramel malt so heavily toasted that it is nearly all bitter, not so much sweet. The spice notes are subtle rather than bold, appearing as just hints of ginger and nutmeg, not so much clove. Some fruitiness is present, but only in the middle of a sip. Floral bitterness lingers a while after the finish.
M: Smooth, light-to-medium in body, with carbonation on the lower side.
O: A solid winter warmer of the brown ale variety. Iíd personally have preferred something with more spice emphasis and less floral-pine influence, though I am an admitted malthead. The body seemed a touch on the light side for a winter beer, and Iíd also have liked the malt to be less toasted bitter, to allow more sweetness in. Still, not a bad beer.
milewide (1564) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sweet, malty dark Amber beer. Very limited hops. Wouldnít buy again. Not the best of their brews!
fattybladdy (602) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brownish amber pour with thick khaki head. Malty aroma with some xmas spice. Tastes of raisin, plum, brown sugar, toffee, and nuts with some light spice. Pretty decent.
ContemplateBeer (1553) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 11, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma: Malts are mostly toasty with a little spice; jammy otherwise. Appearance: Dark amber pour with a foamy tan head that settles into a skin. Flavor: Fairly fruity up front, but jam comes off more like runts, especially banana runts, leading to a semi-sweet finish. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, soft carbonation, long finish. Overall: Wasnít really thrilled with this at all; when reading other reviewers, Iím wondering if the beer was, for some reason, in less than stellar condition.
jackfrost9p (297) - California, USA - OCT 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Loved this beer and ready for more winter ales! Spice, earthy and a bit hoppy. Nicely balanced.
DrSilverworm (6796) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, from Dutchís. Dark brown red color, more on the opaque side. Good finger of khaki head, leaves great thicker lace. Looks pretty good. Medium plus body. Smooth, creamy lighter carbonation. Awesome creamy texture to this. Lightly slick. Great dark fruit, some vanilla, toasty malts, very light spice. Fantastic earthy hop balance. Hint of cocoa, cinnamon. Modetate sweet taste, good light to moderate bitter taste. Fantastic english strong ale. Suprisingly easy-drinking. Doesnít try to be something itís not. Very good! Much better than expected. Ended up killing this in like 5 minutes.