mikedR (1553) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A lovely and splendid ale. Reminds me of a strong dark Belgian without the super high ABV. Very balanced throughout: hoppy but not bitter, maltiness present but not overbearing, and the spices superb. Highly recommended!
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trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown color with w medium tan head that leaves good lacing. Smells of chocolate, roasted malt and caramel. Tastes of all the same things I mentioned in the nose with a pretty good hop presence. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a dry finish. Overall this is a top notch winter warmer that’s affordable.
Prufrockstar (1444) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft in sandpoint, Idaho. Dark brown pour with creamy tan head. Moderate retention. Aroma is chocolate, roasted grains, toffee. Taste: toasty. Moderate bitterness (coffee grounds), light to moderate sweetness. Palate: moderate carbonation, medium body. Lightly bitter lingering finish. Overall: it's wild how different this is from the b-bomb. Coffee finish is pronounced. Definitely tasty, but mostly it makes me want to pick up another bottle of the b-bomb before they're gone for the season.
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umich03jm (2709) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from trade with michaelinwa. Pours a very dark brown color with a small like that lingers a bit. Aromas are cocoa, chocolate, light roast, and grass. Taste is great. Chocolaty, roasty, and slightly hoppy with some spicy and grassy hops. Almost like a Black IPA or a hoppy black lager. Finish is smooth and crisp. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but makes it easy to drink. Really good beer. Thanks Mike!
robforbes (2083) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a brown with a ruby tint, a small tan head, and great lacing.
smell is of cocoa, spice, and sweet malt.
taste is creamy, cocoa, dark fruit, spice, some caramel, and hops in the back. ends smooth and a lingering bitterness.
bmerz (738) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Bloack like a stout with tan frothy head and good lace. The aroma is toasted grain and nuts. The flavor is well balanced with notes of chocolate, coffee, nuts, herbs, and lactic acid. It finishes spicy and piney. It is very fresh, medium bodied with a lively but quick carbonation and an astringent finish. This is a very nice and drinkable beer. It seems a stout at first but has a complexity that unfolds.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   For an English Strong Ale, its very Stout looking.   Black, moderate to large frothy light beige head, nice lacing.   Soft roasted malts, a little bit of biscuit and burnt caramel malts.   A little spicy on the tongue, very soft roasted malts, smidgen of alcohol.   Its like a pale Stout, with a Pale English Strong Ale, mated with some muted or dulled all-spice like flavors.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Clean finish, soft roasted malts and a bit of spicy biscuity malt background.   Somewhat of an odd duck, but all the flavors blend well.   I enjoyed it more than I thought I would as it wasn’t overly sticky or heavy.
Theydon_Bois (12592) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Fremont, Seattle - 08/11/12.
Very dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head that clears to the edge of the glass and forms a small film atop.
Nose comprises dark fruits, toffee, a little spice, nutty tones, burnt caramelised sugars.
Taste follows nose with hints of liqourice, dark fruits, touch of booze.
Medium bodied with soft carbonation lending towards a bitter sweet finish.
Not usually taken in by ’winter/xmas’ beers but this was half decent!
crackedmachine (473) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown, nearly opaque, nearly black, with a thick, foamy, lasting light-tan head. Aroma is not particularly potent, consisting of sweet malts, roasted malt, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, mild chocolate, mild toffee, not overly sweet, with a subtle hop bite at the end. All very balanced and mellow. As far as winter ales go, this is one suits me better than most.
jake65 (2881) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Deep brown and auburn color with a small creamy beige head. Nose is sweet of caramel malts and light florals. Flavor is sweet and robust with caramel, toffee, faded citrus hops, and chocolate. I let this sit in the cellar longer than I wanted to, but in it’s (presumably) more mellow state the flavor still comes through strong and well balanced.