Hercamund_Hops (29) - Rooster Poop, Nebraska, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2013 3/9/13 7.3% 2012 bottling ...bottled on 9/12/12 LOOK: red/brown/orange with khaki head and floaties NOSE: light resiny hops and malt, a little bit of that breadiness and something juicy like red grape juice or a rose’ wine TASTE: hoppy cranberry juice, some maltiness, short tart fruity finish FEEL: smooth, good balance OVERALL: kinda having a hard time discerning this beer ...I think drinking it fresher would have helped ...it does come across as very well crafted though, and it’s pretty tasty and easy to drink ...I will try this again next Christmas for sure ...Chilled to room temp ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
joe19612 (1492) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 Bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with a thin white head, rich malty aroma, medium bitterness, plenty of malt and spice with a dry finish.
wchesser (664) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
’12. Cloudy brown, persistent ring with heavy lacing. Fairly heavy carbonation. Flat nose. Dark toffee sweetness, carbonation driven palate, then slightly metallic tinge, but interesting spiciness. Better than I expected. Solid holiday brew.
larsga (5324) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium offwhite head. Hazy reddish brown body with light
carbonation. Deep spicy perfumy sherry aroma with herbal
linoleum and honey notes. Dryish cardamom and honey taste with
perfumy spicy soy sauce notes. Mid-to-full body. Mild, soft,
smooth mouthfeel. Dry honey and soy sauce aftertaste with spicy
cardamom and cloves notes, with a background of linoleum and
chocolate. Really nice. Well balanced and harmonic. (0.65l
bottle, from ... I forget where. 2009 vintage.)
fattybladdy (193) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, pours a deep copper. Taste is caramel and bready malts, a little dark ftuit. Some light spice, not overdone like most christmas ales.
AndyW68 (391) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark copper pour. Aroma of caramel, pine and spice. The taste is sweet front and bitter back. Not bad, but there are many better christmas beers out there.
bth122 (870) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Copper color. Aroma has spices with caramal malt. Medium light sweetness, light bitterness. Average carbonation. Pretty good.
Ostomo517 (57) - Norton Shores, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a nice dark amber color, good creamy head. Huge malty vanilla nose, flavor as well, just a mouthfull of malt. I can stand a few around the holidays but definately not a year round one.
flying_pig (610) - SCOTLAND - FEB 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£3.00):
Sweet with some good caramel malts and dried fruits. There is a nutty aroma too and a fair bit of spice too, this is backed up with some subtle hops.
Dark ruby to copper colour with a pinky sized, bubbly and tan brown head that has nice retention and leaves some nice lacing too.
Sweet with a few caramel malts and some dried, darker fruits, notably some cherries, figs and plum. There is also a touch of hops that comes across lighter than it did on the nose. Quite creamy and with a lot of spice, there is also some brown sugar.
Medium to full body with a creamy mouthfeel and a good balance between the sweet malts and the bitterness with the faintest of alcohol tastes right at the end, this is all rounded off with a nice touch of hops.
Definitely something different and not at all what I was expecting when I learnt that this one was a brown ale. It wasn’t as malty as I was expecting and there was more hops too, that and it was sweeter than your usual brown ale in my opinion.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I would rate this higher because I like the nutmeg and spicy tones but there is this weird mocha flavor which doesn’t appeal to me. 2012 bottle.