LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany with a quickly subsided head.
Aroma: Potpourri, apple skin, cinnamon stick, fruity yeast, plum.
Taste: Toasted malts, cinnamon, cardamom, burnt caramel, bread crust, herbal hops. Lingering burnt sugary toasty goodness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Complex, tasty as well, very drinkable. One of Eagle Rock’s best yet.
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish color, off white head. Aroma has lots of fruitcake, spice, dried fruit, honey and banana. Flavor is sweet, smooth and quite good. Lots of dark bready notes, spice, banana, fruit cake. Good one here.
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Hazy amber-orange with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades normal.
S - Sweet caramel and bready malts, banana, clove, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, some citrus zest.
T - Sweet caramel and bready malts, English yeast character, clove, banana, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, some citrus zest.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish.
D - Nice winter warmer mixed with old ale. Good overall balance.
dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice subtle use of spices, nose is banana bread, cloves, hops. pours red. taste is sweet with the alcohol well hidden. palate is somewhat dry which is surprising for a winter ale and an old ale. I would search this out again and be happy to have it.
J_man (934) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet candy aroma with a slight sea salt/rustiness. The Christmas cookie spices come through right away and are really well balanced and not over done. Candied fruit and plum flavors follow with a slight vegetal bitterness near the end. The alcohol becomes apparent but perfectly warming and tying everything together. The flavors linger and make the next sip delicious. Great holiday beer.
bhensonb (14165) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Bine & Vine. Pours very hazy, quite dark orange brown with a slight head that was transient. Aroma of medium dark fruit with some suggestions of spice. Full bodied. Flavor is very fruity with clove, vanilla and arguably treacle. Certainly not dry, but not sticky sweet either. Mildly spiced for an xmas ale. Too spiced for the summer. Works well as a winter warmer!
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours with a pretty, hazed amber-bronze body with a small tan head. Aromas of baked bread, dates, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark fruits and molasses. Flavors are bready, toasty with vanilla, spice and crackers. Lively bubbles with a tinge of alcohol. A very tasty beer.
Dogbrick (11607) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Kinetic Brewing Company. The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a medium thin creamy off-white head that diminishes steadily. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted bread, dark fruit and yeast. Medium body with flavors of grainy malt, figs and earthy hops. The finish is sweet with a caramel malt and spice aftertaste. Above average overall.
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Poured reddish with a thin, eggy off-white head. Nice gingerbread cookie, doughy malts here. With spices and yeast esters. Bitter-sweet molasses and a faint hint of hops for balancing. Some caramel sweetness and breadiness too.
ABUSEDGOAT (2605) - California, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orangish brown colored, moderate head, good retention. Aroma is darker bread, caramel, banana, earth, lightly floral. Medium to full body, largely dry finish with a light sweetness. Pretty nice.