rayOfBeer (646) - El Cerrito, California, USA - DEC 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle a dark copper-brown with large tan head. Aroma is a bit metallic, with some spicy/vegetale hop notes, cinnamon, and malt. Flavor is vegetale hoppy and malty sweet with brown sugar, bread, hay, caramel and prune. Palate is full with malt and almost sticky sweet with a very light lingering hop bitterness. Not bad overall and is drinkable and warming.
That1Guy (1805) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle and the label says, "available for 90 days only." Says enjoy by 2/28/2014. So...how is this beer already oxidized? Aroma is cardboard, nail polish remover, and some weird cooked vegetable character. Flavor isnít too bad considering. Still drinkable, but really would have liked to try this fresher.
gavriend (5) - - NOV 30, 2013 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pour. Pours dark brown with medium head. Has a malty taste that is easy to drink.
Brentv (79) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the bottle, pours brownish copper with beige head. Aroma and flavor have a little bit of citrus and caramel, neither sweet nor bitter. Not much else. Simple beer. Good carbonation.
DavidWoodruff (382) - Windsor, California, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown with a tan head. Roasted grain and caramel aroma. Malty-nutty flavor with plenty of hop bitterness. It is like an imperial american brown ale. Festive but not very complex. A bit more residual sweetness would make this much more interesting.
VinegarStroke (109) - Napa, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Deep brown with red. Clear. Good light tan head. Malt driven. Slight dank edge like North Coast and Mendocino beers. Dank lees. Cocoa, chocolate. Off dry to dry. Slightly bitter. Medium weight. Reasonably balanced. Lacks depth and length. Easy drinking.
Jow (1663) - New York, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Got some interesting news and didnít want to head home so stopped at draught 55 although not much excitement on menu so went with this serviceable brew. Pours dark amber with thin head. Nose of toasted malt. Tastes of toast, some dark fruit, pine, and earthy bitterness. Thin palate.
cuthbert (1) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was in the mood for a good lager, but this caught my eye in the store instead. The palate is the star here: perfect carbonation, in that it never feels either foamy or dead. The flavor is wonderful - slightly sweet and with a nice tang, but with a good clean body. This was a really pleasant drink. Bottle from a six-pack, poured into a frosted glass.
hockeybeerguy (249) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - NOV 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown slightly red and leaves the same colored body with a half a finger white foamy head that rises just a tad and quickly dies to a thin coating on the top of the body, lacing is good and lightly speckled here and there, tries to spider web, but is just too clingy; the aroma is malty, fair amount of caramel, little bit of cherry but in a fairly sweet sort of way but coming through in a bland sort of way (Iím not really digginí this); the taste is sweet, but a sort of bland malty breadiness, slightly toasty; super malty aftertaste and a dry malty finish; its not as easy on the palate as I thought it wouldíve been, but thatís probably due to a fairly high ABV, ok, no worries, overall, for a winter warmer, this to me is only average, however, I think it does the job for its style, unsure if I would go after it again
pdx76 (369) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2013 - pours dark cloudy amber, medium thick head. Nose of hop, and malt. Taste is of sweet coffee, hops, and malt. Nice smoky finish.
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scooterbub (746) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark and unclear brown with a two inch tan head that lasts. Taste is of fruit, hops, caramel, pine, grapefruit and citrus. Similar aroma. Has a mostly full and wet body. The finish is mostly clean and a tad warming. A decent beer to kick of the winter months.