mcberko (9323) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Trumpeter Public House, pours a clear amber with a small beige head. Aroma brings out Christmas spices, bready malt and a touch of caramel. Flavour is dominated by the Christmas spices, with dry bready malt on the back. Not the most thrilling winter ale - too much spice for my taste. It’s okay.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light brown beer with a thick tan head. Malty aroma, minty and herbal. Some spruce aroma and cherry fruitiness. Flavour is very nice, malty sweetness, caramel, orange peel, and spicy hop flavour. Moderately bitter finish. Nicely warming.
arminjewell (8606) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle dark blackish red pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, roast malts, some slight biscuit, bread, dark fruits, caramelized sugars, nice spice with clove, slight cinnamon as well, slight earthy and spicy hops as well. Taste is spicy up front with cinnamon, clove, some cherry juice and dark raisin go into dark toffee, caramelizes sugars, dark fruits with a hint of earth, finishing fairly bitter and dry. Pretty nice, like the way this was crafted.
3fourths (8597) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2013 Clear dark amber with a light tan head. Rich toffee’d plum juice, some burnt caramel and wet oak. Divine chewiness, robustness and a touch of roast, amazing all around, warming, relaxing, satisfying.
DrSilverworm (8540) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample from a bottle at Cincinnati Winter Beer Fest (CWBF) 2013. Last one of the night. Kind of rushed this one, a drunk friend had just spilled beer on my notebook and I was writing around the wet spots. Clear brown. Decent khaki head. Spice, toasted malts. Smooth, ligther carbonation. More dry texture. Moderate spice. Solid spice ale. Light bitter. Light sweet.
DocLock (8527) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to beer handy for this. Pours deep ruby with gargantuan off-white head with an insane amount of lace. Aroma of malt, big hops, spices including black pepper and nutmeg, and fruit. I could smell this all day. Tastes hoppy, with a solid malt backbone. Some fruit and spices appear at mid palate, giving way to a tart, pseudo krieky, merlotish finish. And the hops and spices hit you again on the way down...in a good way. As complex as a Steven Hawking speech, and as unique as his speech synthesizer device, this one is a standout. Full Sail kicks ass and takes names. This one reminds me a little of Alpha Klaus. Bring me another, Jeeves.
jercraigs (8485) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010-04-03. Dark brown body with a large foamy tan head that fades. 3+ Flavour is a bit bitter up front, with a combination of hops and a spice bitterness. Malty core is sweet with dry toasty accents. Toasty malt and spice lingers in the finish and aftertaste. Aroma of mild alcohol, melange of malt and spice is tough to separate, lightly fruity. Average palate has a certain quality and effervescence to it that seems to suit the beer very well. A very nice beer. The spices are not entirely to my tastes though so I am not sure how much of it I would drink. Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo
JorisPPattyn (8429) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 20, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with yellowish shine. Full brownish head, lasting and lacey. Dark chocolate nose, sweet, fruity too (ripe plums, succade). Taste is very bitter, hops and bitter chocolate. Deep. Very full bodied, much more than expected from 6.5 ABV. Very long lasting aftertaste; bitter chocolate gets streamlined with the malt to a beautiful finish. Can’t help but like this beer.
DSG (8423) - Tel Aviv, - JAN 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at a winter beers tasting at Norma Jean. Reddish brown color with a beige head. Fruity aroma, pretty malty, with a bit of floral honey and jam. Malty flavor with light sweetness at first, some fruitiness, and a bitter hoppy finish, slightly floral. Medium-bodied. Pretty nice.
deyholla (8114) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Tapwerks. Pours a clear brown with a touch of amber and a brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has earthy grains and light spice with a hint of grassy hops. Flavor is similar with earthy dark grains and light spice but not much of a hop profile.