WhiskyBraj (13) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quickly dissipating white head that laces the glass nicely. Graham crackers and bready malt with hints of chicory and vanilla. Caramelly but not overly sweet that is a great winter warmer.
tillmac62 (675) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
BBD 4/2/16. Clear dark amber pour that is a brilliant garnet under intense light. World class head volume, lacing and retention.
Outstanding nose of rich malt (caramel), hints of dark fruit (plum, fig), subtle toffee and very subtle spice (nutmeg or allspice).
Light full bodied with an almost creamy texture. Normal carbonation with a touch of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.
The flavor profile is quite good, but falls short of outstanding due to the overbalance of the chicory and tobacco notes. It begins with a nice slightly sweet dark fruit aspect that is fig, prune and apple then flows into a nice toffee character. The middle is moderately bitter and slightly astringent from the chicory and tobacco. These 2 flavors dominate through the finish. The finish is semi-dry and has alcohol notes.
ciocanelu (1053) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - DEC 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2015 Review from notes. Really dark ruby color with light brown head. Aroma has biscuits, bread crust but also hops. Taste starts malty and gets quite bitter in the aftertaste. Smooth body, really easy to drink. A nice winter beer, I think it would go really well with heavy food.
UXO (1394) - CANADA - DEC 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: clear amber-brown with two fingers of loose light tan head, good retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: dark roasty malt, brown sugar, pine, dark boozy fruit, light chocolate and vanilla, spices. (8/10) Taste: moderate-low sweet, moderate-strong bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium body tending to the thin, moderate carbonation, off-dry bitter finish. (3/5)
Complex aromas but surprisingly thin flavours and body. I don’t often say this, but this is a brew that could use a little more sweetness. More maltiness would beef up the body and provide a bit more support to the flavours, which drop off rapidly. On the other hand, the lightness makes this more sessionable, so…? (14/20)
Archduke (5) - Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2015 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome winter warmer. Smells like spicy malty dark fruit and the taste is just that. Very easy drinking. Wonderful.
Pershing (517) - Garland, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown with a lasting tan head. Aroma of spice, caramel and toffee. Nice balanced body with the spices lending to some of the bitterness. Not bad for a strong ale.
TheHOFF43 (2030) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. New packaging. Pours dark and cloudy. Ominous. Winter spice stuff. Somewhat hoppy and malty. Lots of spice, black licorice maybe. Tastes like Christmas but not as good as when you were a kid. Like Christmas when you’re 14 and get a bunch of clothes that you don’t like or just gift cards to buy shit you do. Yeah, its fine, but its not that great. That is this beer summed up nicely. Probably won’t drink again unless its the only beer in my work fridge, like today.
Sirmixsomewhat (188) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good winter/holiday beer that doesn’t teeter to the bad or the great. It’s got nice sweet notes while also having some of the spices you’d expect from a Christmas time beer.
fuzzcro (207) - Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2015
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma has a pine cone scent to me which also comes through in the flavor. My senses just don’t accept pine well...this isn’t a brew for me.
SlimHabib (401) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - DEC 6, 2015
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle pour. Dark cloudy amber with a large foamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, and light vanilla. Light creamy body. Not a very memorable taste. Light sweet with a little salty finish.