JoeZasada (265) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish amber colour with a thin white disappearing head. Sweet aroma of vanilla. Tastes of vanilla, some malts, and a bit of earthy hop bitterness. Finishes crisp and bitter. Very interesting flavor.
JHunter (629) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours nice dark colour with a nice vanilla aroma. taste sweet carmal vanilla . easy to drink get way to end your christmas meal.
v1rgil (150) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2012 Used to be a great beer, but has gone downhill in the past few years. Some vanilla/cream notes, but overall a generic beer.
baraciisch (904) - USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not much aroma, hint of brown sugar... Flavor is brown sugar, vanilla, maple syrup... Not much bitterness... Very crisp and smooth... Delicious
darrennelson12 (240) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2011 On tap; nice golden, auburn color. Taste of strong vanilla notes followed by caramel and subtle milk chocolate, very easy drinking. I found the beer to be good as a one off, but probably would not drink multiple pints at a time as it is quite sweet.
bw1982 (113) - , Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours a great brown with tan head. Aromas are great, lots of sweet malts. The vanilla on the finish is very strong, but not cloyingly sweet. Really great, could put away quite a few of these.
zeek (155) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 12, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A robust beer that isn’t overly spiced so you can drink multiple pints at one sitting.
Aroma is very nice, although somewhat muted for a spiced beer. Pours beautifully, looks great.
Tastes great, a little sweet, finishes with a candy like after taste that is very nice.
Will buy again!
22415brewery (313) - redmond, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewed as a Winter Warmer:
Nice dark amber with ruby highlights, the first thing I think of is vanilla then spices. This can be a very tasty and flavorful holiday ale with a smooth caramel and chocolate spiced aroma followed by a large hit of diacetyl that adds to the buttery-vanilla finish. I’m not sure if a taste flaw is what the brewer intended, but either way it is a very sweet-finishing and easy drinking beer. The finish is a bit, flat, could use more body, and a bit lacking in that it could use a bump up in ABV%. We did agree however after the last sip that the overly-spiced finish (vanilla mainly) was cloying and concluded that it was nice to try once, but would not drink multiple pints.
Gravelle (104) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Little head with a ruby red color.Great chocolate aroma and taste with a light vanilla smooth finish. One of the better local consistent winter beers.
DeanF (1542) - Iqaluit, Nunavut, CANADA - SEP 8, 2009
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
I did try this at a party about two years ago and still remember it well. The flavour was a very artificial kind of mint-grain taste that didn’t appeal at all. Don’t know if the appearance looked different, drank it from the bottle. Didn’t find it appealing at all, the flavour was far too forced for my liking.