PapaSkeetSkeet (799) - 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 (1026) - 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 (1460) - 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 (1023) - 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.
michaelinwa (551) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2011
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
What aroma there is, is just odd and not at all pleasing, so right off the bat this beer is not inviting at all. The taste is true to the aroma; I just found it funky. I guess it’s a roasted malt flavor, but who cares; it’s icky.
mcox90 (1428) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from a six pack. Pours a dark mahogany with a 1/2" off white head. Head retention and lace is almost non existent. Rich malty nose with a hint of hoppiness. Some raisin bread in the aroma as well. Taste starts sweet, with the rich malty flavor the nose promised. Hints of dark fruit in the flavor too. Finishes bitter when the hops finally make themselves known. Full bodied with low carbonation. Nice holiday brew.
rougeau13 (1837) - Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, clear, ruby-brown with a resilient, frothy beige head that laces thickly. Aroma of toast, spice, dark fruit, and nuts. Taste is malty and a touch sweet, with a bit of spice and a mild bitterness. Somewhat dry, medium bodied and smoothly carbonated. Very easy to drink and very well balanced; definitely one of Full Sail’s better brews.
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ah the aroma and flavor in this delicious brew! Those that have not tried a ’winter warmer’ just don’t know what they are missing!! Malty sweet but not overbearing. Definitely a great brew to have by the fireside to fight off those wintry chills! Would make for a great pairing with some warm bread pudding!
dmac (3694) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from Spirits Toms River. Poured a clear deep red/brown body with a fuller frothy beige head that leaves spotty lace all over my Lagunitas jelly jar. Aroma of light chocolate, hint of English toffee, brown bread, English yeast. Fuller chewy body with a touch of warming that makes this one seem far stronger then the 7% listed on the bottle. Flavor of wet toast, yeast, toasted bread crusts hint of nutts. Okay but I would swear this one is closer to 9%+ from the palate.
BrewBoxer (1723) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Deep dark color. Smells of roast nuts and toffee. Very malty smoothes holiday beer. Pretty good