beerbill (3598) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Secret Santa. Pours a deep, clear reddish brown with a generous linen white head and lots of lacing. My bottle was not all that aromatic. I noted some very light roasted malt and toasted nuts. Flavor was roasted malt, caramel, and hops. A bit of heat from the alcohol at the finish. Full bodied and nice smooth palate. A good choice for a chilly winter evening.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mahogany with a little, tan head. Roasty and bitter. A touch of alcohol with caramel malts and notes of dark fruits. Almost smokey. Dry and dusty with a cirtrus punch of a finish.
Furseth (2045) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Clear red amber colour, flat head.
Aroma of toffee,flowers,lots of nice hops,sugar.
Flavor is smokey,citric,Vine, flowery, lots of hops,and nice maltyness.Medium body, medium finish.
Werry nice bear indeed!!!
jlruthven (599) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
My favorite winter seasonal thus far. Pours a dark rusty brown with deep reddish and purple tints, surprisingly thin head (the only thing that keeps the appearance from being a 5). Nose has a lot going on...roasted malts, spiced fruits, and a touch of chocolate. Flavor is out of this world, with heavy malts and a perfect balance of bittersweetness. Lovely.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours a deep amber with a small light tan head. Aroma of hops, fruit, and roasted malts. The flavor is roast, fruit, and hops. Good body, good brew.
nick76 (4334) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 The aroma has chocolate, alcohol, toasted malt, cardboard and a touch of pepper. The appearance is red brown with a smaller than average head. The flavor is like the aroma and acidic with some bitter hops, dark fruit, and a touch of vegetables. The palate is smooth. This beer is not anywhere near as good as it’s rated here.
milewide (1896) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown color. Mostly roasted malt flavor, with only light hops. Alcohol well hidden.
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a super dark clean amber with a small light tan head. Light roasted nut and malt aroma. I can detect mild dry hops in the flavor along with some malts and spice. A slightly bitter finsih.
vyvvy (5134) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark bronze with a tan head that leaves fairly quick. The aroma has some spiciness and fruit with lots of toasted malt and a touch of hop spice. Medium body with some soft carbonation. Flavor starts with spice and fruit with caramel malt. The finish has lots of woody earthy hops and a light bit of smoke. It is very earthy tasting and slightly harsh with a bit of a warm finish. A very nice winter beer.
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer pours a deep amber/brown color with no head. Nose of caramel malt. The flavor is biscuity and malty with some spciy ending. very warming. Not a bad winter beer! Cheers!