EHGsean (28) - CANADA - MAY 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
As holiday ales go, this pales by comparison to a lot of biger, maltier, versions of the style. No alcohol warmth that is typically present in a "winter warmer" or holiday ale, but this beer is designed more for the general public, rather than the beer snob crowd. Chocolate and vanilla all the way through the beer make this a good after dinner pour.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Poured a clear amber/maple syrup color. The head was off white. Pleasant aroma of cinnamon donut, sweet cream, and a bit of spicy malt. Medium bodied. Slightly sweet up front with a dry-ish finish. I tasted cinnamon donut, cola, and a ytouch of sassafras. Decent beer.
abubbaofbeer (3) - , CANADA - DEC 26, 2008 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great vanilla smooth finish. A brown slightly red colour and thicker but small head. One of the better local consistent winter beers.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 10, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big chocolate aroma. Bright amber in colour with small white head. Strong white chocolate flavours. Very sweet.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A fairly good brew. Pours out a brown color with a small head. Aroma is malty and sweet. Flavor is similar with some choco in the finish. One of the better offerings from this brewer.
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
taste resembles that of Newcastle Brown Ale with a little more of a chocolate finish. Little head with a ruby red color. Fantastic.
Powertrip (998) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the finest noses I have ever come across. Rich melted belgian chocolate over a powder-sugared crépe’s. Hints of spicy malbec grapes softened by lush endless malt. Waves and waves of the malt follow into the mouth, all gently wrapped in a roasted glaze and finished off with sutle mild hops. Such a tragedy that this beer just slightly loses its edge with a bittery finish and also a touch too much carbonation. Still, gorgous beer.
Sammy (8017) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
White chcocolate in aroma, mostly. Whitish thock lacey look, although mouthfeel was lighter. FInishes bitter.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Butterscotch, toffee, vanilla and chocolate in the sweet aroma. Clear copper coloured body is topped by a decent, fine bubbled, tan head that recedes slowly to a lasting cover with some lace. Toasty and doughy malts with notes of biscuit, wafer-cookie/waffle, vanilla, cinammon and chocolate up front in the flavour. Mild bitterness keeps sweetness from becoming overwhelming. Medium body with moderate carbonation that is lightly prickly and does a good job of concealing the somewhat slick texture. Half-pint glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle (BCLS at Kingsgate, Dec-07).
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample on tap at Granville Island Taproom: Brownish amber color with a small off-white head. Mild vanilla/root beer aroma. Flavor is spicy with vanilla and caramel and a mild bitterness. Medium bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation.