Azand222 (146) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours an orange amber with an orange-tan head. The aroma is mild, I get spices and some malts. The taste is spicy as well, hoppy and malty in the finish. Overall spicy and complex, I like it.
ACHops (475) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours reddish brown with super thick off-white head. Aroma is sweet oaky nutty caramel malt. Taste is big lightly roasty caramel malt with a well-balanced bitter aromatic hoppy finish. Rich, sweet lightly spiced earthy strong malt drives the flavor. Tried a 2012 version just before and this ages well. The light hop notes fade but it develops a nice dark oaky flavor. A winter classic, one to look forward to every year.
BOSSbrewer (1026) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark amber/brown with a creamy off white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Flavor of of caramel and tobacco. Slight toast on the finish. Smooth and medium bodied. Overall good.
boxofrane (1704) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from Wegmans. Pours a murky brownish color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma has notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and some fruity esters. The taste is nutty, earthy, a bit spicy on the finish. Itís a bit early in the season but a solid brew.
Fatehunter (966) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a big three fingers of head on a dark copper colored body.
The aroma is strong on the caramel with some lemon, toffee and milk chocolate too. Quite a nice mixture.
The taste is caramel and toffee sweet, with a little lemon and pine bitterness.
The texture is medium body with moderate carbonation.
Itís got great aroma and a wonderful flavor.
kaser (1759) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour from draft at blackfinn. Tons of off white creamy head. Nutty and chocolate taste. Fig apricot and sweet taste. Slight whiskey notes. Pretty good and unique
nealblind (374) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red brown pour some tan head. Aroma of woody leather nuts slight citrus co2. Rich woody malty soy sauce flavor. Watery strong carb slight acrid. Mid bitter finish piney hops. A good one, but could use slightly more body and less carbonation.
Dragonfly1 (436) - - NOV 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft, Parkers. Dark brown. Poured too cold to get much aroma, but no matter, this tastes outstanding, winter and holidays in a pint glass. Dark chocolate, tree bark, cinnamon, licorice, all held together with piney hops. Sweet, creamy, well balanced. Harmonious complexity.
commonshawn (157) - - NOV 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Full creamy head. Dark oak color. Creamy taste. Malty to start, then sweet tobacco fruit. A holiday delight to warm the senses.
jmohno (966) - Iowa, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brownish amber copper. Frothy kaki head,rich thick lace. Clear. Malty mainly caramel aroma with mild mellow notes of chocolate and roast. Fullish body malty, carmel-dark caramel, chocolate, fairly hoppy piney and bitter with linger. Bitter pine bite. Tangy astringent finish. Some dryness.