melange396 (5) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2007 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
ridiculously good beer that will certainly melt the snow off of you! nice and dark in appearance, it hides a strong flavor and powerful content. though it tastes very spicy, the brewer has informed us that there were no spices added in brewing.
PghBrewer (11) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good wimter warmer. A little differnt from typical warmers (if there is such a thing as a typical warmer). A little sweet for my taste, but that’s part of the style I guess. I great strong ale for a cold weekend day.
MarkSachon (435) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoyed as a draft selection at Mad Mex on McKnight Road in Pittsburgh, PA. Immediate flavors of heavy hops and coffee in a richly dark and enjoyable seasonal toaster. Has a warming effect on the whole and I was slightly disappointed that the gravity wasn’t a bit higher. The hops are well balanced and will last for a while on the palate. Another winner from one of Pittsburgh’s best breweries.
ttutony (586) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown in the glass. Coffee notes with a pleasant roasted malt character.
douglas88 (5152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub during the Pittsburgh tasting which was during a massive snow storm. Pours a dark brown with a medium light brown head. A really interesting nose; sweet funky marijuana-like notes of simcoe hops, rich toasted notes as well. A rich complex flavor; sweet brown ale aspects, toasted malts, but a funky strong citrus and herbal hop bite. This works. Nice.
kassner (1291) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is on tap at the Brillobox. dark reddish brown, really great drinking like a spicy sweet porter. some smoke and lots of malt.
artmcd8 (1086) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty and spicy goodness. Pours a cloudy brown. Very appealing. Slightly astringent taste with the high alcohol.
Nate (3451) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Has a fruity hoppy nose. Orange blossom and some bitter grapefruit. Sweet licorice and cocoa, too. A touch of spice, perhaps some coriander, and a winter beer aroma with some spices I can’t quite finger. Dark, dark brown-black clear; not as dark as the Black Strap but definitely dense. Foamy light tan lacing head. Medium-heavy watery body, with light-medium carbonation. Mild warming. Starts with some chocolaty and licorice maltiness. Mildly sweet with spicy undertones that aren’t quite as strong as normal Xmas beers, but it’s definitely of that genre and for colder weather. Malty and rich overall, with a mild spicy nuttiness that lasts on the palate. Mild to medium bitter finish and bittersweet after. A nice winter warmer.
Beerman6686 (3550) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of malt and faint spices. Appears to have a medium cloudy brown hue. Tastes like mild spices, very clean and crisp which hides the alcohol. Palate is full but not too thick. Good beer that i feel should be rated higher.
dpjuart (1029) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler Courtesy Naka. Pours amber/black with an eggshell head. Nose of caramel and chocolate with toffee and slight sugar. Taste is caramel and chocolate with mild astringency. MIid bitter and astringency at the end. Yummy warmer.