MattH (649) - California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brownish ruby pour. Inch tan head. Aroma of caramel malts, wet leaves and cinnamon. Taste is a well balanced mix of caramel malts and light hops.
puboflyons (2169) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle stamped 040312-14:22-FL. An English strong ale hmm? Let’s see, it does have the appropriate dark amber pour with along lasting silky tan head. The aroma has a nice malty note with bread and biscuit and a mellow hop quality. The body is thin to medium but with an acidic character. The taste has a pungent bitterness, lots of astringency, and a dryish hop finale. Not terribly sweet.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours like a holiday beer, nearly black with a deep red tint and creamy tan head with nice scattered lace. Aroma bursting vanilla upfront, then coal, and sweet brown bread. Velvet palate. The throat-coating bready malts are sumptuous, and the creamy vanilla adds a dimension that should be there in beers that already dub themselves as cream beer. If the cream soda flavor was just a little heavier this would fall right apart, but it stands in a nice place. The lingering finish is rich with a blend of cinnamon spicy bitterness and subtle toasted malt. Nice balance. Surprised I never tried this before, it’s very nice.
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is a deep brown color with with a small tan head, quickly diminishing to a rung around the edge of the glass. Nose is of that of an english ale, some sweetness, indicative of caramel and toffee, as well as some biscuit note as well. Taste is of a good bit of hops up front, which rather confuses me, and then works its way back to tasting like it smells. Rather thin on the tongue for a strong ale classification.
thetmaxx (750) - West Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 22, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from the bottle, pours a deep red. Thin prevalent head, and nice lacing. Flavor is very nice! Great maltiness and hop bitterness. Sort of spicy hop. Flavor has European influence, like a ESB. I really like the balance in this beer!
Gription79 (2282) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle
Aroma: nutty, toffee, some spice-cinnamon, hints of clove
Taste: toffee, fruity, hints of spice, nutty
A good winter time brew. Not my favorite but I would not say no to another.
PapaSkeetSkeet (817) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
brown with dusty brown head that fades to smooth, oily surface. Aroma of clean caramel, grassy, dusty yeast, hint of berry. Light-to-medium body (a flaw for the style, I want it a bit heavier!) old bitter leaf and light caramel flavor... ok on this end.
beerfest5 (1147) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
one of the best christmas beers ive had, and one ive waited awhile to find, but well worth the wait. black like a porter, smell is malty sweet with a little spice so as not to be cloying. a little roasty, the spice combines with everything instead of dominating the flavor. wonderful.
freekyp (1497) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A chewy full bodied English Strong with good drinkability. Way to easy to put several of these down and at 7%, you’d better check yourself. Pours a gorgeous dark mahagony with a smallish beige head that fades quickly. Caramel malt is strong in the aroma and mixed well with subtle earthy spices and a hint of roastiness. Round mouthfeel with a bitter whack that sneaks up in the long bittersweet finish. A sturdy brew that would pair well with a turkey or ham dinner. Lightly sweet, but not a dessert wassail.
GTAEgeek (1238) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with some ruby hints. The aroma is toffee, vanilla, figs, and some warm, brandy notes. The flavor is dark, fruity sweetness, with a mild bitterness balancing nicely. The palate is medium, syrupy, sticky, and acidic. The aftertaste is fairly sour, and fades quickly. Overall, this is an interesting and tasty beer, but the mouthfeel is lacking.