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 thatís part of the style I guess. I great strong ale for a cold weekend day.
ttutony (570) - 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.
MarkSachon (331) - 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 wasnít a bit higher. The hops are well balanced and will last for a while on the palate. Another winner from one of Pittsburghís best breweries.
artmcd8 (640) - 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.
douglas88 (4459) - Salt Lake City, Utah, 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 (1221) - 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.
Nate (3326) - 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 canít 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 arenít quite as strong as normal Xmas beers, but itís 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 (3120) - 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.
nimbleprop (2993) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
4oz pour at the Pittsburgh Public Market. Pours a fairly dark, deep brown with some thin, white head. Nice nose, nutty, lightly toasted bread, some lemon, a little hop pellet. Flavor was very nice as well, some hop bitterness, pine, lemon zest, crunchy cereal grains, toasted bread, very light coffee grounds. Extremely well balanced flavor. Full bodied, dry finish. A great take on a Winter beer.