dfinney23 (1262) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with a short head. Nice hop/malt balance with pine and spice balancing toffee sweetness. Quite nice.
odannyob (43) - Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 12 ounce brown glass bottle into an english pint glass (which means I opened another bottle to top it off to a true pint) and proceeded to explore. Some winter aleís need to be available year íround. The Full Sail carton sez "Available for 90 days only", so, enjoy, imbibe when here and wait 275 days or so until the circle twists back.
pdx77 (797) - Oregon, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From bottle. Dark and dense, with toasty malt notes, hints of chocolate and mild spice. A decent holiday offering.
HeadyDE (369) - Delaware, USA - DEC 6, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown almost black hue..slight head on edges..aroma is rather nondescript was expecting a much more noticed and pleasant nose..but not evident..faint malty nose presence if you try hard..palate and mouthfeel are fairly bland..picking up traces of licorice and anise and a bit of spice..alcohol is decently disguised..generic offering comes to mind..
hivemind (692) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Pony with James, Andy, Feng. Pour was not memborable, very thin head, and I donít remember there being very much of an aroma either. This was thin-bodied and easy drinking, but wasnít a "good" beer in any other way. I tasted a little bit of a grainy maltiness.
jredmond (4615) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at pony bar with Brendan, Andrew and Feng. Pours a deep murky amber with light off white lacing. Pours a hazy amber with no head. Aroma is faint malt, pretty bland. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with bland notes of malt, fruit, pils, light cocoa and spice.
MikeJslc (639) - USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep copper, clear, off-white head. Aroma of toasted malts, come caramel, light spicy hops. Flavor features nutty, biscuity, toasty malt with a little toffee sweetness, and some piney hop flavor late. Medium-full bodied and lightly warming. Good winter warmer.
JDBaker11058 (1067) - Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: slightly muddy cola brown, with a short tan head. Aroma: slightly piney, catty hops up front, over a caramel and brown sugar spine. Taste: on first taste, itís pretty bitter, with zingy, spicy hops dominating; just a few sips in and the sweet, sugary, bready malts take over with strong notes of brown sugar and molasses. Finish: sweet and slightly spicy, with a bit of a hop zing and almost candi sugar note hiding with some booze underneath . Notes: Started off like a traditional strong ale, ended up almost like a slightly hoppy dubbel. Iíve seldom had a beer that changed character so completely and so suddenly. All in all, not a bad brew.
DMLINAZ (239) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep brown, almost black, from a bottle; nice aroma of malts and hops together. Nice flavor that is suitable for the season; caramel malts with a hoppy punch. Better than the other 2 Iíve had from Full Sail ,the IPA and the Pale Ale.
jimmie65 (319) - Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy brown pour, tan head. Aroma is caramel, not much else. Light bitter. Flavor is caramel and kind of a dull hops. Heavy and oily.
Considering the name, I was expecting fruit and spices. Itís not unpleasant, but not that good.